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“Ruins in various states of reconstruction” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis

San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
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$50.60*
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Full-Day Tour to the San Ignacio Mission and Wanda Mines from Puerto Iguazú
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of five Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses missions in Argentina and Brazil.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Adelaide, Australia
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100 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Ruins in various states of reconstruction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Went to San Ignacio Mini first and got the tour, although they seem to be adding multi-lingual information systems around the site. This provided a nice overview of the missions and provided background for visits to the other two nearby sites. San Ignacio Mini has been partially reconstructed, ie the walls have been rebuilt and the land cleared. Loreto is just being preserved and so the jungle is being kept under "control" but the ruins aren't being touched aside from some archeology. This makes it a challenging visit, there are signs at the various components of the mission but its still a walk through the jungle. Santa Ana is the "just right" site in between them. The central plaza has been cleared to give you a good idea of the scope of the site and the ficus trees have been removed from some of the walls and reconstruction of them taken place. Interestingly the cemetery here was reused so there are a number of burial plots.
I would recommend that you try to see Santa Ana and not just San Ignacio Miní although it is worthwhile to also visit Loreto too just to see how much work has been done at the other sites.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“San Ignacio Mini”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

partially re-constructed ruins of the mission -- enough to image the totality without rebuilding everything. if you want to understand the complex history of Roman Catholicism, Spanish nad Portugese colonial history and of course Indian cultures, go and see this and the other two nearby mission ruins. one fee for all three missions.

Visited October 2012
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Paris, France
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37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Very interesting historical site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

Don't miss the light and sound night show, it is surprising and absolutely worth it! Completes the daily visit just fine.
The experience is great, it has a reality feel that we didn't expect.
Many historical details about life in the mission, and narrative and projection techniques which are really impressive.

Visited June 2012
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Herisau
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“Excellent guide and superb lightshow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

We visited the reduccions from Posadas and returned to Posadas the same evening. Using the local bus service worked flawlessly.
We had the pleasure of following a very enthusiastic guide (spanish!) who brought the era to life. After the guided tour had finished we strolled around some more hours as the site is huge and there are a lot of "info desks" in several languages (spanish, english, german, ?). The most amazing part of our visit was the sound and light show in the evening! Using a special projection technique (3D projection onto mist) as well as standard projection onto the historic walls, they visualize the story at the time of the jesuites...

PROs:
+ UNESCO world heritage
+ well conserved state
+ interesting guided tours
+ multilingual info desks

CONs:
- price discrimination of foreigners
- light and sound show costs extra!

Visited May 2012
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Sydney,Australia
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67 reviews
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“The night light show was amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

If you get the chance while in San Ignacio try not to miss the well organised and presented night light show in the grounds of the Mission. It provides a wonderful insight into the history of the area and the hardships encountered. We were not sure what to expect and found it an amazing experience.Translations by audio are available.

Visited March 2012
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