3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)

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Spend a day outside of Puerto Iguazú and discover the rich history of the Iguassu Falls region. Learn about the famous Jesuit mission of 1632, which aimed to spread Christianity throughout Argentina during the Spanish colonial period. Then, explore the Wanda Mines and their sparkling crystals before heading back to your Puerto Iguazú hotel.

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

On a break between your visits to Iguassu Falls, travel outside of the city of Puerto Iguazú and learn about the province of Misiones, Argentina. Journey approximately 155 miles (250km) through the countryside en route to the partially reconstructed San Ignacio Mission. Originally built in 1632, this landmark represents the history and existence of the Christian missions of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Spend some free time walking around the site and imagining just what it was like more than 350 years ago. Your bilingual guide will walk with you and answer any questions you may have.

Then, travel to the Wanda Mines site and view the gemstones that form in the area. Hundreds of years ago, the lava in this region rose through fissures in the earth creating enough pressure for the materials to bubble. The quick cooling of the lava created crystals, all of them in pyramidal hexagonal shapes made of amethyst quartz and agates that are today used for jewelry. Learn about the formation process of many minerals including amethysts, agates, topazes and quartz crystals.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great tour!

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.

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).

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

Long day but worth seeing. Limited English translation.

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.

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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