Jesuit Missions & Iguassu Falls Tour

See the Iguassu Falls & the Ruins of 17th-century Jesuit Missions - Tour Extension

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6 Days / 5 Nights

See the Iguassu Falls & the Ruins of 17th-century Jesuit Missions - Tour Extension

During the 17th-century, Jesuit missionaries from Spain headed deep into the forests in present-day northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay. The indigenous people of the Guarani tribe lived in these forests, and the Jesuits sought to convert them to Christianity. They built ornate baroque missions and community dwellings deep in the jungle, where the missionaries lived side-by-side with the Guarani for a century and a half. Eventually the Jesuits were ousted, but the ruins of the missions remain, as well as some Guarani tribes. Visit the ruins of these beautiful missions, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this 6 day Iguassu Falls & Jesuit Missions tour.

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This tour includes:

  • 5 nights in hotels
  • All breakfasts at hotels
  • All transfers, entrance fees and English-speaking guides
  • All taxes
  • Great Adventure boat ride ticket

Not Included

  • Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips and other incidentals such as souvenirs
  • Airfare

Highlights:

  • City tour of OberΓ‘, Paraguay
  • Tour of the UNESCO Jesuit Missions
  • Wanda Gem Mine Tour
  • Iguassu Falls Tour & Grand Adventure Boat Ride

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Misiones River in Argentina

Arrival in Obera & City Tour

Day 1

The 6-day Iguassu Falls & Jesuit Missions tour begins in the city of Oberá, Argentina. Arrive at the Posadas airport, where your guide will greet you and take you on a Oberá city tour. Oberá is the second largest city in the province of Misiones, and is surrounded by lush green hills, streams, and waterfalls. The city was founded by European immigrants in the late 19th century, and still has European culture and descendents of Scandinavians and Lebanese as well as Europeans, who live alongside indigenous peoples of 15 communities. Each year, there is an Immigrants Festival, celebrating Oberá's unique blend of immigrants. The city is nicknamed "The City of Churches," since there are over 30 churches. After the city tour, check into your hotel in Posadas and relax form the night.

Jesuit Missions in Trinidad Paraguay

Jesuit Missions Ruins - La Santisima Trinidad

Day 2

Today you'll have the opportunity to explore several of the Jesuit Missions in the Paraná and Itapúa areas of Paraguay. Visit the Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad, and Jesús de Tavarangue. These were built in 1609 and were part of the Jesuit and Guarani community, or reduccion, for 150 years. The ruins feature impressive brickwork, baroque details, and extensive proportions that hint at the former architectural glory of these missions.
In the late afternoon, return to the hotel in Posadas.

Jesuit Mission Carvings

Jesuit Mission Ruins - Our Lady of Saint Ana & Loreto

Day 3

Today, continue touring the Jesuit missions, this time in the Misiones Province of Argentina. Visit the Reduction (Mission) of Our Lady of Saint Ana, which was founded in1633. These ruins, as well as the Reduction of Our Lady of Loreto, are UNESCO World Heritage sites, but they have not been well-preserved. In many cases, the jungle has crept up over the ruins, encroaching on these important historical landmarks. Walk through the ruins and learn about the history of the Jesuits in South America on a guided tour.

San Ignacio Jesuit Missions in Paraguay

Jesuit Mission Ruins - San Ignacio Mini & Wanda Gem Mines Tour

Day 4

The San Ignacio Miní mission, located in the San Ignacio Valley in Argentina, is one of the best-preserved Jesuit missions. The mission was founded in 1632, and features brilliant baroque architectural details. These ruins, like many of the other Jesuit missions, were virtually forgotten and abandoned for many decades, lost in the dense vegetation, until uncovered in 1897. It wasn't until an expedition in 1903, restoration projects in the 1940s, the Robert Deniro movie The Mission, and the inclusion of the missions on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in the 1980s, did the missions gain world recognition. Next, continue towards the Iguazu Falls, stopping en route to visit the Wanda gem mines. This mine is full of semi-precious stones, holding agate, quartz, amethyst, and more. Visit the mines, factories, manufacturing shops, and show rooms to appreciate these dazzling stones. Continue on to Puerto Iguazu and check in to your hotel.

Butterfly and Iguazu Falls

Iguassu Falls Tour & Grand Adventure Boat Ride

Day 5

This morning, have breakfast at the hotel, and then set off for an exciting day of adventure exploring the Iguassu Falls. First go walking through the Iguazu National Park, a dense jungle surrounding the falls on the Argentina border. As you approach the falls, you'll hear the water's roar, and can look out over the edge to see San Martin Falls and the Devil's Throat, the largest of the falls. Water rushes to a depth of 70 meters, spraying mist above and beyond the forest canopy. Continue inspecting the falls from several angles, walking along the trails to various vistapoints, and look for flora and fauna along the way. You'll almost certainly spot butterflies, monkeys, and several species of birds.

Then take a boat ride to get up close to the falls. The motorboat approaches the Iguassu River canyon at the base of the falls, the San Martin waterfall, and the Devil's Throat fall. You'll get doused, so be prepared!

Iguassu Falls Argentina

Iguassu Falls

Day 6

Today, enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then embark on another day of exploration, this time on the Brazilian side of the falls. The Brazilian national park includes several walkways over the base of the Iguassu River where you can walk out over the water. There's also an elevator to take you up to the Upper Falls. Walk along the nature paths to spot more birds and wildlife.

Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination in South America. This 6-day Iguassu Falls & Jesuit Missions tour is completely customizable, so you can choose to extend your trip or re-arrange any of the activities to suit your travel plans.


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6 Days / 5 Nights

See the Iguassu Falls & the Ruins of 17th-century Jesuit Missions - Tour Extension

During the 17th-century, Jesuit missionaries from Spain headed deep into the forests in present-day northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay. The indigenous people of the Guarani tribe lived in these forests, and the Jesuits sought to convert them to Christianity. They built ornate baroque missions and community dwellings deep in the jungle, where the missionaries lived side-by-side with the Guarani for a century and a half. Eventually the Jesuits were ousted, but the ruins of the missions remain, as well as some Guarani tribes. Visit the ruins of these beautiful missions, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this 6 day Iguassu Falls & Jesuit Missions tour.

Note: This is a tour extension, combine this tour with one of our full package tours.

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