Corrientes, Argentina – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Corrientes, Argentina.

Founded in 1588 on the shores of the Paraná river, Corrientes is the capital city of Argentina’s Corrientes province.

The city of Corrientes is located 900km north of Buenos Aires, at the southern border of Paraguay. Formosa, Argentina is just north on the Paraguay river, and Encarnacion, Paraguay is up river on the Paraná. Many people visit Corrientes on their way to or from Paraguay overland. Asuncion is only a 5 hour drive away.

Corrientes is known for its colonial architecture, carnival parties, and being a jump-off point to the famous Chaco region. 

POPULATION: 350,000


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IS CORRIENTES SAFE?

Over 100 years ago, during the Paraguayan War, Corrientes was known as hard drinking town for army soldiers! These days the town is much safer and you shouldn’t expect any problems.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN CORRIENTES

$300.00 is doable. Rent in Corrientes is going to be very cheap. There aren’t that many high paying jobs in the area, so expect reasonable prices to rent an apartment.

 

BEST BARS & NIGHTLIFE IN CORRIENTES

6/10 

While not quite as good as Rosario, Corrientes has decent nightlife offerings. Most of the scene revolves around the bar and patios and not necessarily clubs for huge venues. Some of the nicest spots are along the river. Try to find a cool rooftop overlooking the river at sunset.

Bars that My Latin Life recommends:

Cerveza Patagonia: This bar is located right on the river so expect some killer views.

Al Río Resto Grill: Another riverside bar option.

Cristóbal Café Corrientes: A nice gastropub that’s always busy.

Bar TheRama: Dive bar for casual vibes and cheap drinks.

 

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT CORRIENTES

The best time of year to visit Corrientes is in the Fall or Spring. Summer is too hot and winter is too quiet.

 

HOW TO GET TO CORRIENTES

You can get to Corrientes by bus from many Argentine cities of even Asuncion, Paraguay.

Note that the bus schedules and information you find online for Argentina might not be correct. Your best bet is to head to the bus terminal and see what they have. Most mid-sized cities are connected by bus.

Formosa is only 2.5 hours away driving. Santiago del Estero is an 8 hour drive away. Salta and Rosario are both a 10 hour drive away.

 

COST OF LIVING IN CORRIENTES

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world.

You’ll need a minimum of $849 USD/month to live in Corrientes, Argentina

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Corrientes is a sleepy but livable city.

Low cost of living, decent infrastructure, good weather, colonial buildings. A nomad or expat looking for a cheap, low-key place to get work done might find Corrientes to be the perfect spot. 

OVERALL RATING: 7/10

 

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