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Explore the Iguassu Falls region on this full-day tour of the areas surrounding Puerto Iguazú. Visit the San Ignacio Mission, a Jesuit effort to spread Christianity in Argentina during the 17th century. Discover glimmering crystals in the nearby Wanda Mines and learn how they are formed during this visit to the Missiones province of Argentina. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to the San Ignacio Mission and Wanda Mines from Puerto Iguazú
  • Explore the history and culture of the Jesuit mission in Argentina
  • Learn about the formation process of many minerals in the Wanda Mines
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Tour to the San Ignacio Mission and Wanda Mines from Puerto Iguazú

Full-Day Tour to the San Ignacio Mission and Wanda Mines from Puerto Iguazu

Take a break from admiring Iguassu Falls to visit the other attractions in Missiones province on this full-day tour. After pickup at your Puerto Iguazú hotel, travel 155 miles (250 km) via coach to the San Ignacio Mission. Built in 1632, this mission has been partially reconstructed and helps visitors learn about the Jesuit missionaries in Argentina during the 17th and 18th centuries.

While strolling around the crumbling mission buildings, learn from your guide what it might have been like to live as a native or a missionary in this region over three centuries ago.

Back aboard your vehicle, you'll travel through the countryside to the Wanda Mines, the source of the region's spectacular naturally formed gemstones. Learn about the formation process of minerals including amethysts, agates, topazes and quartz crystals. Active since the 1970s, this mine still produces stones that are used for jewelry and decoration today.

After touring the mine and the exhibition hall, return to Puerto Iguazú for drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Catherine E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour to the mine was good fun but the trip to the Jesuit settlement was a wonderful complete surprise and worth the long drive. Very well organised and good value for money

Victoria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great tour!

Jackalyn F H

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

This was interesting and a good change of pace while at the falls. Had a good guide and small group at both the mine and the mission. Some confusion on how to pay the admission fees to both areas

Amy E

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

The mine was more interesting ghN we thought it would be. The mission was great, it's just a long drive. We recommend it.

Brigitte D

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

This is a good option if you want to visit the San Ignacio Mission from Puerto Iguazu but only have a day to do it - and no access to a car. If you have more flexibility, I would recommend either spending one night there or just do the road by car to get more time there. Still, this tour was exactly what it advertised: a lot of bus, a nice visit of the Wanda mines and a visit of the San Ignacio Mission ruins (which I would have liked to be longer). Fortunately the bus ride was improved by the tour guide commenting on the activities and culture in the region (although there is absolutely no "bilingualism" for this part - the whole thing is in Spanish).

Qing Z

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

Long day but worth seeing. Limited English translation.

Mark B

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

The stops at the mines and mission were interesting and definitely worth it if you haven't seen either before. Our guide at the mission gave us an excellent tour. Note that entry/tour fees at both locations are not included.
On the way back to Iguazu, we stopped at a Yerba Mate (tea) factory and it felt a bit as a tourist trap: a video was shown and a tour around the factory was given, both in Spanish only. At the end of the tour we could buy some of the tea and other products.

Louise Ying-Tong C

1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2012

For the price of this tour, it was completely not worth it. I still had to pay for entry into Wanda Mines and the San Ignacio Mission. So in effect, I was paying $96 just for the bus. It would have been a tonne cheaper if I booked this tour in Puerto Iguazu. I find it hard to believe that the bus would cost me THAT much, considering I had caught a bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu (18 hr bus ride) for roughly that same cost.

The English guide at Wanda Mines had very poor English speaking skills. We did not understand 95% of what he was saying. Because he had trouble speaking English, our tour of the mines were very quick. We then had to wait 45 minutes for the Spanish tour to finish so that we could leave.

The tour of the San Ignacio Mission was interesting. The guide spoke good English which was great.

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