The City of Wanda, in the District of Iguazú, is located on National Route 12, 254 kilometers from Posadas and just 55 from the Iguazú Falls. Tourists who travel to the Province of Misiones by land will unavoidably go through it.
Its first settlers were Polish, Swiss and German who used to work the land. Thus, its Germanic name. As time went by, the colony of Wanda increased its resources and the circumstantial finding of gemstone mines granted it its present significance.
Two deposits have contributed a large amount of gemstones. Basalt, quartz and topaz emerge from the ground. According to their chemical composition and oxides, they make up different kinds of crystals, including: amethyst, agate, rhodochrosite and others. The process that follows the carving or polishing makes them shine and look like precious stones. The mining processes are open to visitors and there is a gift shop.
Even if that is the main attraction in the district, it is not the only one. Crossed by creeks and lying very close to the Paraná River bank, Wanda has become popular for its nautical sports, fishing and, especially, outdoor activities.
Its climate is warm subtropical and humid with heavy rainfall in the spring. Therefore, vegetation is lush, typical of the rainforest. The soil is as red as the one in the neighboring villages. This is an emblematic feature of Misiones.
In turn, having Provincial Route 19 –also known as the Ecologic Road- at a short distance, the circuit leading to Urugua-í Provincial Park reflects the thickness of the tree foliage, which comprises lapachos, palos rosa and cañafístulas.
In the urban center, accommodation venues, restaurants, camping sites, as well as bank services, telephone booths and Internet guarantee a quiet stay, free of any inconveniences.
Good sunshine, plenty of water and the warmth of its denizens are the best welcome for visitors to Wanda.