- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Spend a day outside of Puerto Iguazú and discover the rich history of the Iguassu Falls region. Learn about the famous Jesuit mission of 1632, which aimed to spread Christianity throughout Argentina during the Spanish colonial period. Then, explore the Wanda Mines and their sparkling crystals before heading back to your Puerto Iguazú hotel.
- All entrance fees included
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Led by a local guide
- Step back in time on a history tour
- San Ignacio Jesuit Mission
- Guided visit of the Wanda Mines
- Bilingual guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Wanda Mines
- Entrance fee to Wanda Mines (50 Argentinian pesos, approx. US$6)
- Entrance fee to San Ignacio Mission (90 Argentinian pesos, approx. US$10)
- Entry/Admission - San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
Hotel Saint George
Traveler pickup is offered
Other hotels in Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguacu
Returns to original departure point
Wednesday and Saturday
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Wanda Mines, Wanda, Province of Misiones, Litoral
You will visit Quartz mines, and see the process of getting quartz
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: San Ignacio Mini - Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis, San Ignacio, Province of Misiones, Litoral
Jesuit missions of the Guarani, one of the most important in Argentina
Duration: 3 hours
Pass By: Gray Line Argentina, Puerto Iguazu, Province of Misiones, Litoral
city of Puerto Iguazu from Argentinean Side
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Long story short, they left me behind. On the booking voucher it says you need to call the company or send an email to reconfirm the pickup location. I did both. I sent an email to the address provided, and also called them and the representative said the pickup time is 7:35 in the morning, however, on the voucher the pickup time was 8:00. Anyway, I was ready at 7:30 waiting for the bus, A cab showed up at 8:00 and I was OK, since they at least kept the promise for 8:00. He took me to another hotel!!! and told me to wait there. I thought maybe they collect people from everywhere and the bus would pick us up there. It is now 9:15 and nobody is there. I asked the front desk about the situation and they had no clue. The guy called 6-7 numbers and told me they would get back to him in 15 minutes. After 15 minutes another cab showed up and said I had been left behind and drove 35 minutes to take me to the first stop of the tour. It turned out that the tour had left the second hotel before I was picked up at my pickup location!!! The tour was already done with the mines and I had missed that part. The tour driver said I had five minutes to see the mines and I did. Then we had a two and half hours to San Ignacio. It was a cool place to visit. But, you probably don,t want being in a van for 8 hours total for a 2 hour visit.After all, I don't recommend this tour and this company to anyone. The tour driver was very nice and friendly, though.
People should be warned that protests on the highway may lead to hours of delay in reaching the sites. Our guide at the mines was great and the guide at the Mission Ruins were both excellent. The issue was the two guides on the buses that we took. Because the bus was over 30 minutes late picking us up we were the last two on the bus. We were squeezed in sideways into the back row of 4 seats and neither of us could sit straight down. At the mines stop we asked the guide Greylines Viator arranged to please let us switch with someone else. He refused. He told us if we wanted to change seats we needed to ask the bus at large to switch with us. Then at the mines he asked us to switch to a larger bus with many empty seats. We agreed to do so, only when we were told we could definitely sit together. When we got on the larger bus, after an additional half hour delay, we were told to sit in the only two seats which were together. We protested and were told to get off the bus if we didn't want to sit apart. At no time were we rude or unpleasant but were treated with absolute disdain. This guide Miguel? Michael? told us all the others were couples and should remain seated together. I HEARD people introducing themselves to their seatmates. It would have been easy for the guide to ask for someone to change seats but he refused. There was an empty seat up front next to my son which remained empty for all but about 20 minutes of the long long rides but the guide told us it was HIS seat and neither of us could sit in it to be together. Since I only get to see my son about once or twice a year, not being able to share the time many hours sitting together and chatting was a terrible disappointment to both of us, and was totally unnecessary. We never were rude to the guide but he was unnecssarily uncaring and unkind and nothing makes up for the fact that we were LIED TO by both guides. We were on the tour on the morning of 1/11/2017. I would certainly not book with this company again.
The ruins of the missions are sort of a theme park with very little history of why they were abandoned, etc. I think it would have been better to go into Paraguay and see some of the ruins that have not been sanitized for tourist visits.
This was interesting and a good change of pace while at the falls. Had a good guide and small group at both the mine and the mission. Some confusion on how to pay the admission fees to both areas
The tour to the mine was good fun but the trip to the Jesuit settlement was a wonderful complete surprise and worth the long drive. Very well organised and good value for money
The mine was more interesting ghN we thought it would be. The mission was great, it's just a long drive. We recommend it.
This is a good option if you want to visit the San Ignacio Mission from Puerto Iguazu but only have a day to do it - and no access to a car. If you have more flexibility, I would recommend either spending one night there or just do the road by car to get more time there. Still, this tour was exactly what it advertised: a lot of bus, a nice visit of the Wanda mines and a visit of the San Ignacio Mission ruins (which I would have liked to be longer). Fortunately the bus ride was improved by the tour guide commenting on the activities and culture in the region (although there is absolutely no "bilingualism" for this part - the whole thing is in Spanish).
The stops at the mines and mission were interesting and definitely worth it if you haven't seen either before. Our guide at the mission gave us an excellent tour. Note that entry/tour fees at both locations are not included.
On the way back to Iguazu, we stopped at a Yerba Mate (tea) factory and it felt a bit as a tourist trap: a video was shown and a tour around the factory was given, both in Spanish only. At the end of the tour we could buy some of the tea and other products.
For the price of this tour, it was completely not worth it. I still had to pay for entry into Wanda Mines and the San Ignacio Mission. So in effect, I was paying $96 just for the bus. It would have been a tonne cheaper if I booked this tour in Puerto Iguazu. I find it hard to believe that the bus would cost me THAT much, considering I had caught a bus from Buenos Aires to Iguazu (18 hr bus ride) for roughly that same cost.
The English guide at Wanda Mines had very poor English speaking skills. We did not understand 95% of what he was saying. Because he had trouble speaking English, our tour of the mines were very quick. We then had to wait 45 minutes for the Spanish tour to finish so that we could leave.
The tour of the San Ignacio Mission was interesting. The guide spoke good English which was great.