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Wanda Mines

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Wanda Mines

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Janice C wrote a review May 2020
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Inspite of other poor reviews we did visit. It is not easy to get to unless you have your own car or a driver. Lonf way for the bus stop. It was interesting but we did feel 'ripped' off. Paid to get in, paid for a guide and then pressure in the shop - but we could cope with that. It was interesting but a big build up with little delivered. The mine was not a working mine and we just saw in the entrance and it was very sanitised. We freely purchased an expensive neckpiece with a guarantee. Had it valued on return to New Zealand and the 'gems' were man made!! Don't buy in the shop!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Terrance M wrote a review Oct. 2019
Hamilton, Canada3,012 contributions340 helpful votes
This was a late afternoon visit to a place associated with amethysts. We toured some old mining areas with Carlos, a bit of a character. He explained some of the qualities of the semi-precious stone as we went underground. The caves were well lit but you have to watch your footing. Thereafter of course was the obligatory gem shop for those so inclined to shop. Suffice to say the mining part was of greater interest to me.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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VictoriaJArgentina wrote a review Sep. 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina18 contributions2 helpful votes
The mines are very interesting, amazing to understand how they've been formed and found.. what was disappointing was the lack of organization in the tour and how we were tricked into the gift shop. As we tried to drive into what we thought was the parking, we were basically forced into the gift shop: "we will give you a short introduction on the mines and safety instructions in the shop" they said, but all we ran into once we went into the "wanda mines introduction" was someone trying to sell us everything in the gift shop, with absolutely no comment on safety or the history of the mines. A waste of time. Once we got to the actual mines it really is lovely to see them though. As an Argentine myself, it is disappointing to see this sort of attitude towards something as special as these mines. Don't be fooled.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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ladytrave wrote a review Mar. 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands69 contributions48 helpful votes
It's about 45 minutes from Iguazú by public bus. The bus drops you at a dirt road from where it is a 3 km walk (and 3 km back) to the mine. There are also taxi's waiting and I took one for AR$300 return. The driver gave his phone number and I could call whenever I wanted to return. Within 10 minutes he was there to take me back to the busstop, perfect! Arriving at the mine there was a guide who spoke good English who gave me a private tour. It's a short tour, about half an hour including his replies on the many questions I had. But it was very interesting and amazing to see how all these different kind of semi precious stones are found in one place. I payed AR$100 entrance but the guides are not employed by the mine and depend on tips so I gave him a good one which he deserved. Included in the entrance is the museum and a small park where they show different plants and trees and you can listen to some Guaraní stories in English, Spanish or Portugese. Very nice! There is also a good restaurant. The shop where the guide drops you at the end of the tour is loaded with all kind of stones, jewelery and objects made of the semi precious stones. But very expensive, prices are in US$ and the strange thing is that they mix painted stones with the natural ones and there might be plastic as well, I don't know. But I think in a shop like this they should only sell the real thing as now if you want to buy you don't know what you are buying. Then it is much cheaper to buy elsewhere, in jewelery shops you know it's real (I hope) and in tourist shops not, but it is cheap and you can take the risk. I definitely recommend the mine, the museum and the park and if you are hungry the restaurant. But I also recommend not to buy anything in this confusing shop.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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daniellefldubois wrote a review Nov. 2018
Cusco, Peru3 contributions1 helpful vote
Mines good, lovely to see the christals, guide good! stones they sell are sometimes fake and painted!
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Date of experience: November 2018
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