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Looking to take a break from your Spanish courses in Buenos Aires? Want to add a little excitement to your weekend? Take a short bus ride to Gualeguaychú, located three hours northwest of downtown Buenos Aires in the Entre Ríos province. Busses leave daily from Retiro station, so getting there is easy for students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires!

El Carnaval de Gualeguaychú, often referred to as the Carnival of the Country, or el Carnaval del Pais, takes place on Saturdays throughout January, February, and the first week of March each year. This festival showcases a large parade, filled with elaborate costume and dance, drawing thousands to this community. The grand finale takes place this year on Saturday, March, 6th!

The tradition of carnival is often rooted in Christianity, as a celebration taking place in the weeks preceding Lent. Throughout the world various carnivals take place during this time of year, all with their own unique themes. Similar to the popular Brazilian Carnival, the Carnival of Gualeguaychú is a vibrant and truly thrilling festival, where thousands come to escape and take in the excitement.

This coming Saturday, the three teams, or comparsas, competing for first prize are O’Bahia, Ará Yeví and Papelitos. Each will look to wow the crowd with intricate dance choreography, an embellished float, and extravagant costumes!

Be sure to check the Expanish Blog next week for a review of this weekend’s festivities in Gualeguaychú!

Studying Spanish in South America and want to explore a bit more? Learn more about Student Life in Buenos Aires at Expanish!