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Wanda Mines (Minas de Wanda) Tours

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Wanda Mines (Minas de Wanda)
The Wanda Mines (Minas de Wanda), located less than 40 miles (60 kilometers) from Puerto Iguazu in the rain forest along the Paraná River, are home to some of the best agate, amethyst, quartz, and topaz found in Argentina. The small-scale mines don’t use heavy explosives and are an excellent place to learn more about the geological processes that form gemstones.

The Basics
This productive gem mine is a popular day trip from Puerto Iguazu. Visitors can tour the mine to learn how the gemstones are formed and extracted and purchase specimens in a sizable gem shop at the end of the tour. For those who want to make a day of it, it’s possible to combine a visit to the Wanda Mines with a guided tour of the ruins of San Ignacio Mission to learn more about Argentina’s Jesuit history. Since the guided tours provided at the mine are typically in Spanish only, non-Spanish speakers might want to consider joining an English tour from Puerto Iguazu instead of visiting independently.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Wanda Mines (Minas de Wanda) are a popular option for families and geology enthusiasts.
  • Wanda Mines and San Ignacio Mission combo day trips typically last about 10 hours.
  • A tour of the mine itself lasts one to two hours.
  • Hungry visitors will find an inexpensive restaurant at the mine site.

How to Get There
The Wanda Mines (Minas de Wanda) are located on National Route 12 in the Misiones Province, 40 miles (62 kilometers) from Puerto Iguazu. While the easiest way to get there is as part of an organized tour with round-trip transportation, you can also drive south toward Posadas from Iguazu National Park to the town of Wanda. 

When to Get There

The mines are open for tours daily throughout the year, with slightly longer hours on weekends (Friday to Sunday). If you’re planning to tour the San Ignacio Mission as well, plan to visit on a day with minimal threat of rain.

The Polish History of Wanda

The colony of Wanda was founded by Polish settlers in 1936, and the mine gets its name from Princess Wanda of Poland, daughter of Krakus, the founder of Krakow. She purportedly had a fondness for gemstones.
Address: Calle Boleslao Jejer S/N, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
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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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San Ignacio Ruins Plus Wanda Mines Full Day from Puerto Iguazú

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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.70
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Visit to San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Full day Tour

Visit to San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Full day Tour

Explore the Jesuit Ruins of San Ignacio and the Wanda Mines on a day trip from Puerto Iguazu. Learn about the history of Jesuits and native peoples in the region and see many precious stones at the Wanda Mines.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$21.00
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Visit Mines of Wanda

Visit Mines of Wanda

40 kilometros from Puerto Iguazú, are the famous Mines of Wanda, where is a deposit of semiprecious stones of quartz crystals, amethysts and topazes.It allows to the visitors to appreciate this singular attractive opencast. A local guide, is responsible to take to the visitors trough the corridor, where are the semiprecious stones, while recounts its origin and chemical composition.To finish the guide tour, one proceeds to visit the store of Minera Wanda Company.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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