Visit the beautiful and evocative ruins of San Ignacio Mission. Once one of the most prosperous Jesuit settlements in South America, it was abandoned in the 18th century and lost under a tangle of jungle for many years.
Skilful restoration has revealed the splendid red sandstone church and other buildings, as well as the lovely stone carving executed by the Guarani Indians. Wander through the ruins enjoying the special atmosphere of this enchanting place.
The next part of your tour is something quite different. You’ll visit the fascinating Wanda Mines where cataclysmic natural forces have left a legacy of beautiful gemstones such as amethyst, topaz, agate, jasper and rock crystal.
You can choose to share the trip with others or pick the private option which gives you a more personal experience.
The San Ignacio Mission & Wanda Mines Tour full-day tour is available in two options: shared or private. With the shared option you will travel with a group of up to 40 people. If you select the private option you will be able to enjoy more personal attention from your guide and take the tour at your own pace.
Whichever option you choose, you will be picked up from your Puerto Iguassu hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. You will drive approximately 250km to San Ignacio Mission in Argentina’s Misiones Province. A guide will accompany you on this tour.
San Ignacio Mission (also known as San Ignacio Mini) was one of many missions founded by the Jesuits in the 17th century. The aim of the Jesuits of San Ignacio was to convert the indigenous Guaraní Indians. In the 18th century the mission had a population of around 3000 people and a flourishing business in handicrafts. However, due to an upsurge of anti-Jesuit sentiments the mission was abandoned in 1768 and finally destroyed in 1817.
The Mission is a World Heritage Site and the beautiful ruins have recently been restored. You will see the remains of the magnificent red sandstone church with its 2-meter thick walls and tiled floor. You will also see the main square, a cemetery, a monastery and the houses of the Guarani Indians. A striking feature of the ruins is the glorious decorative carving done by the Guarani people.
The site has a museum where you can find out about the history of the mission and the indigenous Guarani Indians.
Lunch is not included in your tour but you will be able to purchase something to eat at San Ignacio.
On the second part of your tour you will visit Wanda Mines, a treasure trove of semi-precious stones. Millions of years ago in this locality, molten lava bubbled up through fissures in the earth. When it cooled, it created deposits of beautiful crystals of amethyst, quartz, agate and other stones used in jewelry.
During this guided excursion, you can visit the quarry, and see quartz crystal, amethysts, topaz, and agate in their natural state. There is also a shop where you can buy sculpted stones and jewelry.
The tour takes about 10 hours in total. At the end of a fascinating trip you will be dropped back at your hotel.
Approx 10 hours
Start time: 08:00am
Duration: Approx 10 hours
Your hotel in Puerto Iguassu
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
You will be dropped back at your hotel
Bring a hat, sun-screen and a bottle of water. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and don’t forget the camera/ video cam. You may also like to bring a box lunch
Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour to give them the name of your Puerto Iguassu hotel for the morning pick-up.
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