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Historic Quarter of Itatí, Corrientes
Itatí is a small city in the province of Corrientes that attracts tourists with the charm of its historic quarter and riverside location.
The city was founded in 1615 by Fray Luis de Bolaños, a monk of the San Franciscan order from Seville, Spain. Luis de Bolaños came to Latin American as part of an evangelist mission, where he worked with Guarani communities that were native to the Northern parts of what is today known as Corrientes, in Argentina.
The Franciscan monks educated and attempted to Europeanise and acculturate the local, indigenous population, introducing stonework, sculpture and painting styles from Europe to the Guarani people. Itatí started out as a small, evangelist settlement, but today the town of Itatí in Corrientes has a population of around 8000 people and attracts thousands of tourists with its humble, small town feel. The Basilica of Itatí is one of the main tourist attractions here. The beautiful structure was built erected in 1950 and is a site of pilgrimage for Catholic believers. The Basilica houses the shrine and original carving of the Virgin of Itatí, which was brought to the country in 1589 by Fray Luis de Bolaños. Throughout the year and every Sunday, pilgrims flock to the Basilica to worship the Patron Saint of Itatí. In the square near to the Basilica of Itatí there is a market and fair where you can purchase religious souvenirs, artifacts and local artisan goods.
Another of the the town of Itatí, Corrientes highlights is the River Paraná and its beaches. Holiday makers come to Itatí to bathe in the river and enjoy the leisure activities that are on offer. Camping is a popular option here for visitors and there is a whole host of camp sites with a range of facilities. Itatí is also a popular spot for angling and you can hire or buy fishing equipment in the town. The tourism and leisure attractions of Itatí are a more economical option when compared with other destinations in Argentina. Accommodation and attractions are all very reasonably priced and you won’t have to break the bank to eat out either in one of the town’s many restaurants.
Access to the town of Itatí, Corrientes easy off the provincial route 20. Itatí is located to the west of Corrientes City (the provincial capital) and to the east of the city Posadas. Argentina travel guide recommends to visit the town of Itatí in Corrientes as a fantastic family destination if you’re interested in outdoors activities and experiencing a genuine, sleepy town of Corrientes province.