Situated at the center of the province of Corrientes in Argentina, Mercedes- Corrientes is a first-class municipality, and the head town of the department of similar name, which includes the towns of Mariano I. Loza and Felipe Yofre. It is located one hundred seventy miles from the provincial capital of Corrientes, and just under five hundred miles from Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina.
First established as a fortress against the natives, the original name of this province is "La Guardia de Luján." This fortress is just one of the many fortresses established to protect the city of Buenos Aires and gather people living near the country. At José de Zárate’s military campaign called "La Valerosa" in the eighteenth century, it became a town and called the "Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes." Today, Mercedes is one of the very few towns in Argentina where three different railways meet, which makes it a great channel that connects the important areas of the country’s capital city, as well as the Pacific Ocean.
The municipality of Mercedes- Corrientes is right at the middle of an important livestock area, which hosts large exhibits of livestock fairs. It also houses the Natural History Museum and Historical and Fine Arts Museum with no less than a thousand samples of animals. Six miles away from the heart of the city is a sanctuary for a popular religious and folklore figure, Gauchito Gil, regarded as the most prominent gaucho saint in Argentina. Another popular spot in Mercedes is the old war memorial called the "La Cruz de Palo," which highlights a wooden cross that remembers the last attack of the natives to the town that took place in the nineteenth century.
Argentina is known for immense, wild, and extremely welcoming culture and is one of the very few spectacular and unscathed places in the world. It is a home to a large Gothic cathedral, Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de Mercedes, which can be found San Martin Square. It also houses numerous cafes and restaurants. Just a few streets away is a library founded by President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento.
Today, this wonderful municipality in Argentina is home for salami to peaches, and fittingly hosts the National Salami Fair (Fiesta Nacional del Salame Quintero) as well as the National Peach Fair (Fiesta Nacional del Durazno).
Tourists and visitors looking to spend a vacation in this town will be greeted with nature’s charm, as most hotels utilize the beautiful landscapes for which the town is known. Attractions in this town include carefully preserved colonial architecture. There’s a wide range of hotel accommodations for tourists of various budget ranges. For guests looking for cheaper options, there are also a lot of bed-and-breakfasts and inns as well as hostels in Mercedes- Corrientes.
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