Mercedes is a city in the center of the province of Corrientes, Argentina. It is a first-class municipality with a population of about 35,000 inhabitants and the head town of the department of the same name, which also includes the towns of Felipe Yofre and Mariano I. Loza. It is located 275 km from the provincial capital (Corrientes), and 739 km from Buenos Aires. Mercedes is in the middle of an important livestock-raising area and hosts large livestock expositions and fairs. It has a Historical and Fine Arts Museum, as well as a Natural History Museum with more than 1,000 animal samples. A sanctuary in memory of the Gauchito Gil (a popular religious/folkloric icon) is located 10 km away from the city.