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San Ignacio Miní Tours

San Ignacio Miní
San Ignacio Miní, one of five Jesuit missions that comprise the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the most complete and impressive ruins site in Argentina. Founded in 1611 to convert indigenous Guaranis to Catholicism, the mission was left to the elements when the Jesuits departed in 1767.

The Basics
The Iguazú Falls might be the most famous UNESCO-listed site near Puerto Iguazú, but they’re not the only one. After partial restoration, the remnants of the main church, monastery, cemetery, and living quarters can be explored. Most travelers visit the ruins on a guided day trip from Puerto Iguazú; some of these tours also include a stop at the nearby Wanda Mines to learn more about the gemstones formed in the region.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • San Ignacio Miní is a must-visit for history buffs and those looking to get off the beaten path.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as there isn’t much shade around the ruins.
  • Day trips to the missions typically last upwards of 10 hours.

How to Get There
The ruins are located just off National Road 12 between Puerto Iguazú and Santa Ana. The most convenient way to get there is to join a guided tour with round-trip transportation from Puerto Iguazú. Some buses from Puerto Iguazú and Posadas also stop nearby. 

When to Get There
Since Argentina’s Jesuit ruins don’t draw the crowds of Iguazú Falls, the main consideration when planning a visit is weather. Sweet spots for cooler temperatures and little rain tend to be July to October and February to April.

Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
Four of the five UNESCO-listed Jesuit missions are located in Argentina. While San Ignacio Miní ranks as the best-preserved, the others are worth a visit as well. Santa Ana, once a city of over 7,000 inhabitants, is now surrounded by strangler figs—a photogenic sight—while Nuestra Señora de Loreto is quite atmospheric with only a few visible remains. Santa María la Mayor is the least visited (and least impressive) of the Argentine missions.
Address: Calle Alberdi, San Ignacio, Argentina
Admission: Varies
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Excursion to San Ignacio Mini Jesuit Ruins from Puerto Iguazu

Excursion to San Ignacio Mini Jesuit Ruins from Puerto Iguazu

Travel back in time to the Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio Mini on a 10-hour tour from San Ignacio. Comfortable round-trip transportation from your hotel makes this stress-free group tour the perfect way to round out your vacation to Iguazu Falls. An immersive guided tour around the UNESCO listed ruins covers more than 450 years of history. The excursion also includes a visit to the Wanda Mines to see semiprecious stones.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
Price varies by group size
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$99.00
Price varies by group size

Full-Day Tour to the San Ignacio Mission and Wanda Mines from Puerto Iguazú

Full-Day Tour to the San Ignacio Mission and Wanda Mines from Puerto Iguazú

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Explore the Iguassu Falls region on this full-day tour of the areas surrounding Puerto Iguazú. Visit the San Ignacio Mission, a Jesuit effort to spread Christianity in Argentina during the 17th century. Discover glimmering crystals in the nearby Wanda Mines and learn how they are formed during this visit to the Missiones province of Argentina. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.04
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$38.04
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2-day Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side + Visit to San Ignacio Ruins

2-day Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side + Visit to San Ignacio Ruins

IMPORTANT: YOU NEED TWO FULL DAYS WITHOUT FLIGHTS TO DO THESE ACTIVITIES: TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. Join a 2-day small-group tour to visit the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls from Puerto Iguazu. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Iguazu Falls consists of 275 waterfalls (mostly on the Argentinean side) with some up to 262-ft/80-m high. First day: Your expert guide will lead you through the winding walking trails and walkways for approximately 5 mi/8 km through three different circuits: Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit and the trail to the Devil´s throat. Second day: We will visit the incredible San Ignacio Mini Jesuit Ruins in the southern area of Misiones Province, to know more about history of the missions in South America You need two full days to do this activities
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
Price varies by group size
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$145.00
Price varies by group size

6-Day Iguazu Falls & Ibera Marshlands Luxury Tour

6-Day Iguazu Falls & Ibera Marshlands Luxury Tour

Tour the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of Iguazú falls in luxury and stay in an authentic Argentine Estancia at Iberá wetlands on this 6-day tour. If you are an animal and nature lover, you will love this tour! Skip the hassle of dealing with logistics while we take care of your private round-trip airport transportation. You will have the flexibility to discover the immense rainforest of Iguazú, with its 250 waterfalls and an incredible variety of exotic wildlife at your own pace and accompanied by a local guide. This tour gets better when arriving at Esteros del Iberá, where you get truly in contact with nature. Spend 3 nights at an estancia, a typical rural Argentine ranch and enjoy its warm local hospitality. Explore the Iberá Marshlands wildlife reserve, choosing the activities you like most to discover the flora and fauna of this animal's paradise!
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,799.86
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Price varies by group size
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