San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis

San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis

San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis

San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
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One of five Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses missions in Argentina and Brazil.
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Greg F
Auckland Central, New Zealand995 contributions
We hired a driver to take us from Puerto Iguazu. IT cost us 7500 ARS or 120 USD for the whole trip including the stop at Wanda Mines. Entrance fees were separate.

After the drive of about 3.5 hours, we reached the small town of San Ignacio Mini.
The Ruins are architecturally impressive as a part of the old mission still stands. There is a small museum to explain (in English as well) the history behind the Jesuit missions and the native Guarani people. It is important part of understanding the history of the area (Misiones) that you are visiting.
I would say 2 hours would suffice to walk through the ruins and visit the museum. There are restaurants and souvenir shops across the road from the ruins for a quick lunch stop as well.
Entrance to the ruins 700 ARS per person.
Overall I would say it is an important site, though it comes with a significant drive time and it would be nice in include other stops along the way ( Eg: Wanda Mines) or do it on your way to Corrientes or Posada, in order to make it worth the trip.
We had an excellent and informative driver (even though he spoke only Spanish) and he tried his best to make sure we enjoyed the drive.
You can contact Hector on +54-9-3757619369
Written February 15, 2020
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LauraZgZ
Morgantown, WV19 contributions
I was there in 2008 and I have a wonderful day. It's a beautiful place with lots of history. The ruins are incredible and not because they are in good state but for the quality and beauty of the stone carving. The details, designs and engraved in the stone are really wondrous. I recomend that if you really want to enjoy the ruins and take beautiful pictures, you visit them early in the morning because later there will come all the buses full of tourists. The visit will take around 1 hour or 2 depending of how much time you want to expend in the museum or taking pictures.
If you decide to stay the rest of the day in San Ignacio there are no many options left for turists save going to the beach of a lake that is close to the village. It's a really beautiful place where you can swim (after you have paid the beach club fees that are not expensive at all) and have an incredible landscape. The problem of the place is probably the location. Despite what the natives say it takes around 45 minutes to get there by foot... So!! If you finally decide to go walk there you will need comfortable shoes and a high sun protection. In the way you will see the rainforest in both sides of the path and if you are lucky enough it will be possible to see some true guaraníes dressed in their original clothes and buy them some handicrafts like necklaces, bracelets, blowpipes...!!

Really memorable!!
Written January 29, 2009
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Coco M
Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten559 contributions
If you appreciate history you would definitely appreciate the sights of San Ignacio Mini.
Although not in the best conditions you can begin to envision what it was like upon hearing the stories. That's if you manage to get a English-speaking tour guide to explain everything.
You start out in a tiny museum and move on to the entrance of the ruins. And WHAT a BEAUTIFUL entrance it is!
The grounds are huge and well maintained.
Entrance fee was Arg$12,-
Worth the price!
Written October 14, 2011
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Stephen F
White Plains, New York43 contributions
Couples
The history of the Jesuits in Argentina is fascinating and I'm glad we visited. But the tour guide was very weak and I was happy I had spent an hour on Google before going.
Written October 25, 2015
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Marcelo V
Buenos Aires, Argentina6 contributions
If you care about history or not do not miss a chance to visit San Ignacio. What the Jesuits built, some 30 reservations 11 of them in Misiones Argentina was an impressive achievement. Bringing Christianity to the guarani natives, at the same time they thought them trades how to produce goods and build a society. Also thought them to fight the Portuguese slave hunters, the bandeirantes.they even best them on the field too.Having been kicked out of the Spanish colonies in the 1700's the missions began to decay. The ruins are 250 kmts from iguazu and 50 from Posadas. Coming from iguazu it a whole day trip. But normally you'll also visit the Wanda mines along, also a good choice. Pretty good food at San Ignacio. Very good bilingual guides.
Written November 21, 2014
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David W
San Jose de Mayo, Uruguay8 contributions
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On a recent visit to Iguazu we allocated a day trip to visit the Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio Mini. We travelled there by taxi from Iguazu, a 240 km trip down. The trip took us through some beautiful countryside dominated by jungle and sawmill operations - non-offensive. San Ignacio Mini is just a part of an amazing story about the Jesuits and the Guarrani indians.back in the early to mid 18th Century. The story brought to life through the film "The Mission", and this attraction was a must see for us. The grounds are well maintained, haunting, and beautiful. The guardians of the site have provided good visual and sound displays to describe life at the venue and the story. We spent 5 hours there wandering around the ruins and left enriched by the experience.
Written January 23, 2014
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Gosienka
Warszawa50 contributions
I was in the Jesuit reductions in San Ignacio in February 2010. In
summer in the heat. I could see for yourself how
The Jesuits have done a tremendous job and Guarani Indians. Today
were, unfortunately, only ruins. I recommend visiting this place.
Written May 1, 2010
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Plectrumman
York, UK131 contributions
Couples
We called here on a hot March day, and visited the ruins at about 5pm. Tickets were 160ARS per person, and include access to this site, as well as several other Jesuit sites within about 50km.

The ticket does not include the sound and light show (also 160ARS per person), tickets for which go on sale at 7pm. This is because they don't run the show if it's raining.

The small museum at the entrance is good and very informative (look for the English information on smaller white plaques next to the Spanish).

The ruins themselves have been partially restored, which allows you to imagine what the site was once like without having rebuilt it from scratch. I liked that.

There are several information points throughout that have written and spoken info in multiple languages, including English. Some of the recordings don't work, but those that do are very useful.

Some parts of the old plaza are reminiscent of Ta Prohm in Cambodia, in that the jungle We called here on a hot March day, and visited the ruins at about 5pm. Tickets were 160ARS per person, and include access to this site, as well as several other Jesuit sites within about 50km.

The ticket does not include the sound and light show (also 160ARS per person), tickets for which go on sale at 7pm. This is because they don't run the show if it's raining.

The small museum at the entrance is good and very informative (look for the English information on smaller white plaques next to the Spanish).

The ruins themselves have been partially restored, which allows you to imagine what the site was once like without having rebuilt it from scratch. I liked that.

There are several information points throughout that have written and spoken info in multiple languages, including English. Some of the recordings don't work, but those that do are very useful.

Some parts of the old plaza are reminiscent of Ta Prohm in Cambodia, in that the jungle seems to live in harmony with the old ruins.

We ate at the excellent La Aldea Restaurante (I've never been so excited to see an omelette onnthe menu) just to the right of the exit, and then returned for the sound and light show at 8pm.

We were provided with a headset thdt replayed the narration in English, which worked seamlessly. All told, this was a very impressive 50 minutes, and to my mind justified our overnight stop in San Ignacio completely. The group (about 25 in our case) are led through the ruins by a guide with a torch, and presented with a number of cleverly produced 'mini films' which are projected onto the ruins directly, or onto water sprays, giving the impression of ghostly figures moving through the trees.

It is all very well done, educational, and impressive. The finale is quite spectacular, using about a dozen projectors and numerous water sprays to give a 100m wide 3d rendition of the monastary's final days.

I would heartily recommend both parts of the visit, and prioritise the sound and light if you can only do one!
Written March 3, 2017
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand6,476 contributions
Loved this place, drove 3 hours from Iguazu to get here and it was well worth it!
The ruins were beautiful and there was information written in English which was a plus.
Spent a good 2 hours walking around the vast ruins taking photos.
Would more than recommend.

Written March 3, 2016
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claudia Z
Punta del Este, Uruguay76 contributions
Friends
On our way from Iguazu back to Uruguay, we decided to stop over in San Ignacio and visit the Jesuit Ruins. It was really worth it. We enjoyed it immensely. The park/area is well maintained and there are explanations which one can listen to in 4 different languages in front of every set of buildings. The museum is also very interesting to visit. We had a great time, just so sad that so much of it is destroyed.
Written May 4, 2015
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