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  • Landscapes: Valley of the Sugar Mills

    Valley of the Sugar Mills, Trinidad. Cuba

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  • Description Landscapes: Valley of the Sugar Mills, Trinidad. Cuba

    Located near the legendary city of Trinidad, with its 277 square kilometres of land, is this wonderful work of nature in the mountain massif of the Escambray, in the province of Sancti Spiritus. The UNESCO named the Valley as a Heritage of Humanity in 1988. In it are located a total of 77 archaeological sites of what was the birth of the Cuban sugar industry during the Spanish colonization. There are eleven farmsteads, some of them totally reconstructed, others are considered ruins, three constructive remains of sugar mills, machinery and other useful factory tools, as well as a settlement where slaves lived. Warehouses and two bell towers complete the vernacular architecture in the three rural settlements.

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  • Areas of Natural Interest next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Topes de Collante Nature Park Topes de Collante Nature Park

    Lat:21.91530   Lon:-80.02280 

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    Caburni Waterfall Caburni Waterfall

    Lat:21.92980   Lon:-80.03730 

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    The waterfalls from a height 60 meters to an equally fed puddle for diverse springs that unite its coolness…

    Codina Park Codina Park

    Lat:21.95280   Lon:-80.01400 

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    Guayanara Park Guayanara Park

    Lat:21.94782   Lon:-80.04639 

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    The Guanayara Park is located 15 km from I the center of Topes de Collantes. It I provokes the magic…

    Escambray Mountains Escambray Mountains

    Lat:21.99030   Lon:-80.14730 

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    Covering parts of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos and Sancti Spíritus Provinces, the Escambray Mountains…

    El Nicho Fall El Nicho Fall

    Lat:22.02992   Lon:-80.13097 

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    Hanabanilla Lake Hanabanilla Lake

    Lat:22.08543   Lon:-80.06360 

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    Lake Hanabanilla, one of the biggest artificial water reservoirs in the country, built right next to…

    Guajimico Guajimico

    Lat:21.92746   Lon:-80.31135 

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  • Valley of the Sugar Mills Valley of the Sugar Mills

    Lat:21.82350   Lon:-79.94140 

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    Located near the legendary city of Trinidad, with its 277 square kilometres of land, is this wonderful…

  • Caves next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Martin Infierno Cave Martin Infierno Cave

    Lat:21.89570   Lon:-80.14710 

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  • River next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Rio Javira Rio Javira

    Lat:21.815280   Lon:-79.995280 

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    Rio Tayaba Rio Tayaba

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    Rio Caburni Rio Caburni

    Lat:21.894720   Lon:-79.905560 

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    Rio Jibacoa Rio Jibacoa

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    Arroyo El Gato Arroyo El Gato

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    Arroyo Manacal Arroyo Manacal

    Lat:21.816670   Lon:-80.033330 

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    Rio Guaurabo Rio Guaurabo

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    Rio Cañas Rio Cañas

    Lat:21.807220   Lon:-80.040280 

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    Rio de Ay Rio de Ay

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    Rio Agabama Rio Agabama

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  • Streams next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Arroyo Bicornia Arroyo Bicornia

    Lat:21.822500   Lon:-79.975280 

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    Arroyo Yaragabo Arroyo Yaragabo

    Lat:21.783330   Lon:-79.950000 

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    Cañada Honda Cañada Honda

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    Arroyo Las Cañas Arroyo Las Cañas

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    Cañada Limon Cañada Limon

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    Rio Vega Grande Rio Vega Grande

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    Arroyo Caburni Arroyo Caburni

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    Arroyo Velazco Arroyo Velazco

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    Arroyo El Junco Arroyo El Junco

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    Arroyo Yaguarama Arroyo Yaguarama

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  • Reservoirs next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Embalse Hanabanilla Embalse Hanabanilla

    Lat:22.043060   Lon:-80.044440 

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    Embalse San Agustin Embalse San Agustin

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    Embalse Aviles Embalse Aviles

    Lat:22.177780   Lon:-80.171940 

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  • Mountain next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Loma del Puerto Loma del Puerto

    Lat:21.815280   Lon:-79.936110 

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    Loma Colorada Loma Colorada

    Lat:21.784720   Lon:-79.905830 

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    Loma de Buenavista Loma de Buenavista

    Lat:21.821670   Lon:-79.886110 

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    Loma El Amparo Loma El Amparo

    Lat:21.820000   Lon:-79.868890 

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    Pico del Potrerillo Pico del Potrerillo

    Lat:21.889440   Lon:-80.012220 

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    La Lomona de Yao La Lomona de Yao

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    Loma Virama Loma Virama

    Lat:21.854440   Lon:-79.820560 

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    Loma Pico Palma Mocha Loma Pico Palma Mocha

    Lat:21.876670   Lon:-80.088060 

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    Loma Guaniguical Loma Guaniguical

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    Loma Pan de Azucar Loma Pan de Azucar

    Lat:21.984170   Lon:-79.951110 

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  • Sierras next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Loma la Vigia Loma la Vigia

    Lat:21.815000   Lon:-79.970560 

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    Alturas de Trinidad Alturas de Trinidad

    Lat:21.933330   Lon:-80.000000 

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    Lomas los Dos Amigos Lomas los Dos Amigos

    Lat:21.949720   Lon:-79.950830 

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    Lomas Santa Rita Lomas Santa Rita

    Lat:21.790830   Lon:-79.731670 

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    Loma de los Negros Loma de los Negros

    Lat:22.060830   Lon:-79.971940 

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    Escambra Mountains Escambra Mountains

    Lat:21.986590   Lon:-80.132430 

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    Lomas de Sierra Alta Lomas de Sierra Alta

    Lat:21.972500   Lon:-79.722500 

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    Lomas de Komtrillo Lomas de Komtrillo

    Lat:22.104440   Lon:-80.047220 

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    Lomas de Picos Blancos Lomas de Picos Blancos

    Lat:22.104720   Lon:-79.826390 

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    Loma de los Farallones Loma de los Farallones

    Lat:21.560000   Lon:-80.110000 

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  • Peak next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Tres Palmas Tres Palmas

    Lat:22.217220   Lon:-79.896390 

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  • Valleys next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Valle de San Luis Valle de San Luis

    Lat:21.783610   Lon:-79.840000 

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    Valle del Sumidero de Jibacoa Valle del Sumidero de Jibacoa

    Lat:21.988330   Lon:-79.966670 

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    Valle de Veguitas Valle de Veguitas

    Lat:22.030830   Lon:-79.988330 

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    Valle de Jibacoa Valle de Jibacoa

    Lat:22.033330   Lon:-80.016670 

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    Buenos Aires Valley Buenos Aires Valley

    Lat:21.969630   Lon:-80.130330 

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    Valle de la Siguanea Valle de la Siguanea

    Lat:22.050000   Lon:-80.066670 

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    Valle Blanco Valle Blanco

    Lat:22.074720   Lon:-79.991390 

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    Valle del Cacao Valle del Cacao

    Lat:22.083330   Lon:-80.066670 

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  • Car rental offices next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Trinidad Cupet Car rental officeTrinidad Cupet Car rental office

    Trinidad Cupet
    041996301 5km 961m

    Hotel Trinidad del Mar Car rental officeHotel Trinidad del Mar Car rental office

    Hotel Trinidad del Mar, Peninsula Ancon. Trindiad
    041996644 11km 454m

  • Currency Exchange next to Valley of the Sugar Mills
  • Hotel Brisas Trinidad - S.Spíritus Currency Exchange Hotel Brisas Trinidad - S.Spíritus Currency Exchange

    Gral. González s/n e/ Panchito Gómez y Camilo Cienfuegos, Trinidad. Cuba
    (5341) 96635 11km 394m

    Hotel Ancón - S. Spiritus Currency Exchange Hotel Ancón - S. Spiritus Currency Exchange

    Calle Honorato del Castillo esq. a Independencia, Trinidad. Cuba
    (5341) 94767 11km 498m

  • Valley of the Sugar Mills is located in Trinidad
  • As if it were stagnant in time, Trinidad gives the visitor the extraordinary charms of a vivacious museum-city embedded between the sea and the mountain. Trinidad comprises an area of 1 165Km2 and it is located to the center-south of Cuba, facing the Caribbean Sea, in the mountainous skirts of Guamuahaya or Escambray Mountains, belonging to the province of Sancti Spíritus. You can get there by roads that connect it with the rest of the country, and it has an airport for small and medium size airplanes.

    Proclaimed World Heritage by UNESCO in 1988, the old Villa de la Santísima Trinidad founded in the 16th century shows togeher with its multiple architectural values, a wealth of traditions and cultures where Hispanic and African traits are combined. A culture of craftsmanship and ceramics has been transmitted notably from generation to generation. In this area the gentle atmosphere of small cities reigns, where the creative capacity and their residents' wisdom have contributed to preserve from the past their most important values.

    Together with historical and cultural values of the territory, the attractiveness of the mountainous Escambray area, its beaches and the beauties of its sea bottoms, as well as its people's hospitality, are the particular features of this city. Trinidad is one of those cities that invites you to travel all around them. Its museums, squares and stone-paved streets make it possible to go back in time. Once in the territory you are invited to know the symbolic Manaca- Iznaga Tower, from where you can see the Valley of the Sugar Mills; Ancón and María Aguilar beaches, Caburní Waterfall, the Cave of the Skulls and Zaza Lake, host of periodic trout fishing tournaments. To visit its nearby keys among which Key Blanco of Casilda stands out are of great interest for those who are keen in the art of deep diving.

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  • birdsofafeather1
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    Kar

    Sugar Mills
    This valley is literally a natural museum because it harbors the ruins of 12 sugar-mills from the 19th century. Visitors can see the bell towers, mills, barracks and instruments used for work and for torturing the slaves, amid aging trees and winding paths. At the San Luis Valley, renamed the Valley of Sugar-Mills, one can see vestiges of aboriginal culture, colonial architecture and sites were important battles were fought during the 19th century Wars for Independence, which marked the fall of this sugar emporium. During the first half of the19th century, greatly favored cities such as Trinidad were exporting up to one million arrobas (approximately 12 kilos) of sugarcane. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site.

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    Kolerth

    Valley of the Sugar Mills
    The verdant Valley of the Sugar Mills is one of the main visitor draws outside Trinidad, with its remains of 60 mills, all supported in colonial times by the slave trade. The valley is now UNESCO listed, with a vintage American steam train (if its engine is working, otherwise it is by bus), bringing tourists from Trinidad to the Manaca-Iznaga sugar estate. The estate's manor house is now a restaurant, but it is easy to imagine the contrast between the lifestyles of the fabulously wealthy Iznaga family and their slaves. Close by is the Mirador de La Loma del Puerto, which offers an elevated lookout, high above the valley. The attractions of the Valle de Los Ingenios lie just 10 km / 6 miles to the east and are therefore perfect for a day trip.

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    conchesdojump

    “Return to San Isidro was disappointing ”
    We had such feeling for San Isidro that we decided to revisit this October. Much to our dismay the lookout tower has been totally refinished, loosing all of its original character. The main manse, now has a roof being built over it which definitely takes away from the impact that we felt earlier. The outer walls are being sandblasted changing... More 

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    AfromN

    “Amazing view ”
    Make sure to stop and climb the tower. There is a lot of stalls here and some of the sellers track you down. This is the only place I actually bumped in to some really rude Cubans. BUT, the view is worth it, just stay away from people putting bracelets on your wrist or create animals of straw for "free".

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    sioux345

    “Really interesting ”
    We went with an excellent guide (Francis - organised by our casa owner), who as a political journalist, had information and insights into Cuba, past and present. This should rank as one of the stops on the holocaust tour of the world - the amount of human misery and death caused by the intricately intertwined slavery and sugarcane industries is... More 

  • birdsofafeather1
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    telads

    “Tower ”
    Went here as pitstop on the way to Santa Clara from Trinidad. The driver almost tricked us as he didn't want to stop telling us this wasn't the place but we got out anyway. Only went to the tower but the panoramic views were spectacular.

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    famper

    “Interesting ”
    If you have a good guide who explains everything to you it is a great trip. Personally I loved it and found the history of the slaves on the sugar plantation really interesting. I enjoyed seeing where and how they lived.

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    Colors68

    “Excellent pictures place ”
    On the way to Trinidad you will have to stop and see El Valle de los Ingenios, you will get magnificent pictures of what once was one of the richest places in Cuba. It is a valley planted with sugar cane and other plants and trees, there is a rail road and a train which you can take and do... More 

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    PeterR495EH

    “Horse riding ”
    Take the opportunity to ride a horse in this area of outstanding beauty. You will not be disappointed.

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    patsy10286

    “pretty valley ”
    went there by motorbike. This made us free to go/ drive wherever we liked to go. Its history is very interesting to know about.

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    colleencanberra

    “Wonderful place to buy hand made table clothes ”
    We had a really interesting time at Valle de los Ingenios, climbing the tower, watching the pig roast and turning the sugar cane crusher. But best of all was all the linen on sale with the ladies touting their wares. I bought some great hand made (they told me it was all hand made...) table clothes, clothes table runners. All... More 

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    bcundari

    “Gorgeous View!! ”
    We visited this as part of a guided tour of Trinidad. It's a bit of a hike up the steps for us old 'uns, but WHAT a beautiful view, once you get up there.....well worth the effort !!