Corrientes is the capital city of the province of Corrientes, Argentina, located on the eastern shore of the Paraná River. It is about 1,000 km (621 mi) from Buenos Aires and 300 km (186 mi) from Posadas, on National Route 12. Corrientes, as the provincial capital, is the most important city in the province, its economical centre, and holds the authorities and governmental institutions. It has a mix of colonial and modern architecture, several churches and a number of lapacho, ceibo, jacaranda, and orange trees. Its also home to one of the biggest carnival celebrations in the country.
Juan Torres de Vera y Aragón founded on April 3, 1588 San Juan de Vera de las Siete Corrientes ("Saint John of Vera of the Seven Currents"), which was later shortened to Corrientes. The "seven currents" refer to the seven peninsulas on the shore of the river at this place, that produced wild currents that made difficult the navigation of the river through this part.