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Romancing The Stones

While in the jungle, you might yearn to plunge into its emerald vastness and go romancing the stones. You won’t need a treasure map or face kidnappers to have this adventure. You can seek such dreams in Wanda, a quiet village one hour from Puerto Iguazú. Here the earth glitters with rock crystals, colored quartzes, amethyst, topaz and agates.

The open pits and tunnels where these semi-precious gems are mined may be explored. A wondrous sight are the giant basalt geodes encrusted with vari-colored quartz crystals. At Compañía Minera Wanda, multi-lingual guides lead visitors through these worlds, and to see how the rough stones become glittering jewels that royalty around the world collect (Winter: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; summer: 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Ruta 12, Km 1593. Tel: 54-3757-471-042, E-mail:, URL: Entry: adults $1.75, children free).

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Puerto Iguazú: Ruta 12 and Orchid Houses.

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