San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Tour from Puerto Iguazu

Day Trips & Excursions in Puerto Iguazú

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San Ignacio Miní stands as the best preserved Jesuit Mission of the 16th and 17th centuries throughout the Argentine territory. Around the main square, you find the Church, the “Casa de los Padres”, the cemetery, the houses and town hall. Native stones and large pieces of red sandstone were used to build San Ignacio city. The Wanda Mines is a great place especially known for its deposits of precious stones, turquoise, amethyst and rock crystal. Since 1976 they have become a tour for all those who come to these distances known as the Jungle region.
You will start this trip with your centrally located Puerto Iguazú or Foz de Iguazú hotel pick up. Then you´ll travel approximately 250 kilometers to San Ignacio.In 1984, the Jesuit Missions of San Ignacio Miní, along with Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Santa Ana and Santa María la Mayor (located in Argentina) were declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. San Ignacio City is a tourist destination with breathtaking landscapes such as the Teyú Cuaré State Park reserve, the Yabebirí river and other natural beauties spread throughout the region. The city is surrounded by native flora in each corner. Among the thick missionary jungle relief from the ruins of San Ignacio Reduction, the remains of a civilization designed by Jesuits and constructed by Guarani hands stood out for its efficiency nearly 400 years ago and for that reason perished. The facade of the temple was made entirely of pink sandstone in 1610 and American Baroque design was rebuilt by a group of scientists during the past century. It was necessary because the reduction had been buried in the jungle for nearly two centuries. Thousands of tourists visit it every year. It is located in the center of San Ignacio town, on 12 route and 60 kilometers away from Posadas. The right wall of the temple today looks flawless, a group of specialists during the summer have been grooming it. This was possible because the World Monuments Foundation donated $ 50,000. Step by step, all the walls of this monument due to the tropical climate of the region tends to be covered with small microorganisms that decompose the materials.Inside the Wanda Mines agates, jasper, original topaz, among other varieties can be observed and purchased by tourists who come to visit this exciting place. The stones extracted from the mines are turned into gems and used for jewelry making. In line with this and the legend, this place of great tourist importance is named after a Polish princess who was very fond of the beauty of the stones that are generated there.The tour finishes with your hotel drop-off.

What’s included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Highlights

  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Led by a local guide
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