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Romancing The Stones - Other Activity Puerto Iguazú - Argentina

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).



Ruta Nacional 12, 45 kilometers (28 mi) south of Puerto Iguazú

Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

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Getting There

Wanda is on Ruta Nacional 12, 45 kilometers (28 mi) south of Puerto Iguazú. From Puerto Iguazú’s bus terminal, take any bus heading for Posadas pass and get off at Wanda ($2.50). A remise with a two-hour wait costs $47 round-trip (up to four passengers).

Travel Tips:

In Puerto Libertad, five kilometers (3 mi) north of Wanda, is Mina de Piedras Preciosas Santa Catalina, which also offers tours (Colonia Libertad y Wanda, 4.8 km / 3 mi off Ruta 12, Tel: 54-3757-1554-9744. Entry: free).

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Protect yourself against the sun (hat, sunblock) and take water.

Check out the city’s museums and murals. Smell the flowers at an orchid house. Explore the indigenous communities, botanical garden and other sights along Ruta 12. Take a boat trip on the rivers. And, of course, visit the national park and Iguazú Falls.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

Here are other activities in and around Puerto Iguazú that may be of interest: Ruta 12 and Orchid Houses.

By Lorraine Caputo

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