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San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis

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San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis

391 Reviews
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Full-Day Tour to the San Ignacio Mission and Wanda Mines from Puerto Iguazú
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San Ignacio Ruins Plus Wanda Mines Full Day from Puerto Iguazú
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San Ignacio Ruins Plus Wanda Mines Full Day from Puerto Iguazú

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Combine two fascinating historic sites into one full-day tour from Puerto Iguazú. Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of San Ignacio Miní, Argentina’s best-preserved Jesuit mission, and see the 17th-century houses, town hall and cemetery. Next, venture underground to discover the Wanda Mines, where precious stones like turquoise, amethyst and rock crystal are mined.
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Greg F wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand674 contributions45 helpful votes
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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
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Terrance M wrote a review Oct 2019
Hamilton, Canada3,011 contributions276 helpful votes
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This place was stunning on several levels. First, a bit more of the old mission still stands than elsewhere, including some original wall and flooring in the church. Second, the orange and red stone used was great for photography. Third, our guide Thomas was informative and a character. He raised points other mission guides had not. I had not heard about a bell system to instruct the Guarani that they had to wake up, go to work, go to mass etc nor that the buildings were coated with limestone. This site was the last of four missions seen in Paraguay and Argentina. It was definitely the best.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Free Spirit wrote a review Sep 2019
1,611 contributions442 helpful votes
Worth doing. Yes, it's about a three hour drive from Iguazu each way and you will only spend about an hour and a half or two hours there but highly recommend it. We had a lovely day. Admission is cheap with an excellent one hour guided tour. I learnt a lot! Don't forget to go into the small museum by the entrance before going in. It has English translations as well. Wear good shoes as you will walk a lot. There are lovely craft shops outside when you finished. When you arrive, if you need to there are a few places outside the entrance where you can have lunch. You can pay in Brazilian currency to enter if needed but they will give you change in Argentinian currency. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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kathrynhcp22 wrote a review Aug 2019
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By day, these ruins do the job just fine. An interesting piece of history and architecturally impressive. We especially liked little details like the intricate tile patterns. There’s some great cacti about too. However, the real treasure awaits you after dark. Four words: sound and light show. I don’t want to give too much away, because there is an intricately plotted storyline running through this show, but it’s a fun and informative look at the history of the mission. I will say, when the show began, I was vaguely, bordering on deeply, baffled. This didn’t necessarily go away, but by the end I was so overwhelmingly charmed that the bafflement was secondary. You won’t regret going to the show (but wrap up warm!).
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Date of experience: August 2019
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bizisyl wrote a review Jan 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina59 contributions16 helpful votes
I was on a work trip in Posadas but definitely wanted to see the ruins. It was difficult to find a connecting coach that arrived before closing time, but fortunately an acquaintance gave me a ride to San Ignacio's bus terminal and I caught a taxi from there. I could have easily walked, but the signage wasn't very readily available. It was ideal to arrive about one hour before closing time (open from until 7pm), because that gave me time to tour the small museum (Spanish and English explanatory texts, by the way) and get some amazing sunset-lit pictures of the ruins themselves. After closing time, I hung out at one of the local shops across the street while eating an icelolly and buying some handicrafts (no coffee shop or the like available). I stayed on so that I could watch the 'light and sound show', which began at 8 pm. This wonderful 45-minute outdoor show consists of multimedia stories which are projected onto the ruin walls or artificially-generated mists.You get a very visual idea of what life was like before, during and after the Jesuit mission. Pity there's no English version available on headsets or something. The other thing which I didn't like is that you have to get two separate tickets, one for the earlier visit and another for the show. No discount is available and staff at the ticket office wasn't particularly friendly. The opposite can be said of the guide that showed the way along the light and sound show: because it was already pitch dark, he made sure everyone was safe and followed him. If, like me, you depend on public transportation to go back to Posadas, rush back to the bus terminal as soon as the show is over so that you can catch the last mini bus that leaves at 9 pm. Otherwise, I was told you can get on some of the long distance buses on the road, near the town's entrance. Overall, this is something you cannot miss if you are in the area!!!!
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Date of experience: December 2018
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