Ruinas de San Ignacio

Ruinas de San Ignacio

Ruinas de San Ignacio
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Jellybean29928
Glasgow, Scotland270 contributions
Really Interesting
Jan 2020
This was a break on our journey from Iguazu to the Wetlands and it was fascinating. We had a lovely guide who was very informative and let us explore at our own pace. Really interesting and well worth a look
Written March 1, 2020
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Ti Yung H
2 contributions
Never booking on Tripadvisor ever again!
Nov 2019
I have been traveling 2 months in South America going on 3 months and never had a problem with tour operators until this tour. The reason why I booked on here is because I contacted the tour provider, Gray Line Argentina before booking here to see if I can book directly to save a few dollars but they said they don’t provide service for solo travelers.

Since they are one of the only online tour providers to San Ignacio Mini from Iguazu, I had no choice but to again book through Tripadvisor (which noticeably did not have a solo traveler limitation) with Gray Line. It went through and fast forward to the day before the tour where I emailed them on Tripadvisor to reconfirm the tour. No response.

The day of the tour I followed the instructions on the booking confirmation page (see photo) to go to Hotel Saint George for the departure point at 7am. Nobody was there. I waited 10minutes before walking back to my hotel which was 3minutes away. I then got breakfast at my hotel until 8am. I contacted Tripadvisor about the no-show and asked for a refund.

Tripadvisor later told me they contacted Gray Line and they said they came to my hotel instead of the departure point as stated on their website. I told them I was back at the hotel and I didn’t see them. All of these were a misunderstanding and miscommunication which was their bad for listing Hotel Saint George as the meeting point but not actually using that and no communication from them. Since they didn’t provide the service and it was a miscommunication, I asked for my money back. Gray Line refused and Tripadvisor also refused.

I don’t understand how a huge company like Tripadvisor cannot afford to refund $38 for a service that was not rendered. I had to rearrange my plans because of this and had to miss visiting this site. And they still refused to return the money. Regardless, I have already disputed with my credit card and they will not get to keep the money anyway.

If there is one thing I learn from traveling for 3 months so far, it is to avoid using tripadvisor. I am uninstalling the app after this. I won’t be missing the spam emails that they send after you look up a place to visit. I hope you guys all do the same too.
Written November 19, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ivor M
London, UK546 contributions
Very worth visiting
Mar 2019 • Solo
I visited here on a day trip from Bella Vista in Paraguay whilst visiting the Jesuit mission ruins there. A fascinating day which started and ended with crossing the wide River Parana at a tiny border crossing point which seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. There is a good museum here before you can visit the huge area of remains.
Written March 26, 2019
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louisberg00
Malmö, Sweden8 contributions
beautiful night show
Feb 2019 • Couples
We attended the night show that starts at 20.30, the show tries to recreate life in the mission through 3d projections on a curtain of water, it is worth attending, also the day tour is very interesting.
Written February 4, 2019
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Brian C
Gorey, Ireland429 contributions
Beautiful place to spend time
Nov 2018 • Couples
Obviously the big attraction here is the historical angle. Widely covered elsewhere and it is an amazing story of how so many indigenous people were virtual slaves and sought refuge in the missions.
The buildings are beautiful and it is so peaceful that you can ponder what it was like when almost 4000 people lived there. Certainly not as peaceful as it is now.
The grounds are really well kept and the contrast between the green grass and red buildings makes for a lovely picture.
If you have time you should sit occasionally and watch the world go by. It is a real oasis of peace.
One ticket covers 3 or 4 local missions. Each can only be visited once.
Written November 12, 2018
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clementalmero
Lyon, France42 contributions
Nice experience!
Jul 2018 • Solo
Nice ruins to be visited in this part of Argentina.
I found it accessible, as I took a bus from Iguazu to Posadas, and I could go down when I reached the ruins. After having visited them I took another bus to go to Posadas.

I visited the ruins during the daytime, and even if I didn't see the light show, it was an impressive thing to see.

It is also nice to see the other Jesuit ruins in Paraguay, as there are a few differences.
Written November 11, 2018
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silage
Castillos, Uruguay264 contributions
A South American must.
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is definately one of the best kept secrets of South America and should be on everybody's tour plan. Well kept with good guides and very well preserved part of the colonial/Jesuit history of South America.
Written August 24, 2018
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Adventure & Travel 24/7
Inman, SC189 contributions
Interesting, thought provoking ruins
Jun 2018 • Couples
Spent the afternoon strolling through the ruins of the past Jesuit Mission. It is well presented with accesible and safe walking areas. The entrance fee is affordable and is for all four ruin sites. You will need transportation to the sites as they are miles apart. We did this one and the Santa Ana site.
Written June 24, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Maggie G
5 contributions
disturbing juxtaposition
Jun 2018 • Friends
Very interesting history, and the ruins were beautiful. However, the tour guide skimmed over the more gruesome details (even after I asked) of the Guaranies life and how they were brought to live and work in the Mission. Right outside the gates of the property, are people, Guarani, asking tourists for money...meanwhile the Mission is run by white people --exploiting the Guaranies' history to make money, just as the Jesuits exploited the Guaranies' labor (and attempted to eliminate their culture and customs and religions) when the Mission was active. Interesting place, I learned things, but they should make an effort to support the Guarani community with the funds they're gaining (230 ARS (~10 USD) for a foreigner to enter).
Written June 11, 2018
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sallythode
Gunnison, CO118 contributions
Worth visiting
Mar 2018 • Friends
The San Ignacio Mini ruins are fairly extensive and well preserved. We visited for about 90 minutes during an afternoon and had an English speaking guide. The tour gave us good insight into the life of the Guarani people during the Jesuit reduction era.

We returned for the night light show, a little unsure if we should since we explored the ruins earlier with a guide. However, we found the light show to be unique and enjoyable. It was well done and not what we expected. It is a walk through the ruins to various locations where music is played and interpretation is done via audio devices. We recommend that you have your audio device tested prior to the start of the walk, especially if you use the English translation version. We had two devices that did not work and we missed the interpretation for the first couple of sites. The staff then worked hard to get usable devices for us and they worked well. Highly recommend this experience.
Written March 23, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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