Sugar Mill Valley
Visit the historic and almost ghostly Sugar Mill Valley, a relic to Cuba’s slave trade. Take a ride on the steam train (if it’s working!). Transfers from your Trinidad accommodation are included, total time around 4 hours.
The Valley was a centre of sugar production in the 18th century, and still preserves the mills and technology used at the time to produce the sugar that would later be exported to Europe. Learn how to squeeze the juice from the sugar cane using a trapiche (hand-operated mill) and taste the sweet result of your effort. Colonial mansions or haciendas were the land owners used to live can still be seen in the area. The Macaca Iznaga tower, part of a former hacienda, still remains intact and can be climbed to the top for some amazing views over the valley.
Learn also about the darker side of this valley’s history. Sugar production was based on slavery, and some of the ghostly barracones ( slave quarters) still remain.
The ride on the steam train is a must – if working – and kids will love it.
A beautiful valley haunted by the dramatic history of slavery in Cuba under the Spanish rule. Memorable, and enlightening.
Duration: 4 hours approx
Kids under 2 go free