Stately Corrientes sits below the confluence of the Paraná and Paraguay rivers just across the water from its twin city, Resistencia. One of the nation’s most venerable cities, it has elegant balconied buildings dating from the turn of the 20th century that lend a timeworn appeal to its colorful streets. Like many such cities, the costanera is everybody’s destination of choice for strolling, licking ice creams or sipping mate with friends.
Corrientes is a magnet for regional indigenous crafts; Guaraní culture has a strong presence. The city is famous for both its Carnaval and for being the setting of Graham Greene’s novel The Honorary Consul.
Corrientes was originally called Vera de los Siete Corrientes, after its founder Juan Torres de Vera y Aragón and the shifting corrientes (currents) of the Paraná. During colonial times Corrientes suffered repeated indigenous uprisings before establishing itself as the first Spanish settlement in the region.