Molino de Sabandia
Molino de Sabandia
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Molino de Sabandía (Sabandía Mill) is a three centuries old water mill, set in the old Arequipa countryside. Build in 1621. The magnificent Sabandia Mill towers over the bucolic countryside, its white walls shining in the sun. Its sturdy buttresses, vaults, gargoyles, gates, and balconies, built of the white volcanic stone known as sillar, give it a character that has withstood the passing of time. A beautiful cascade of water, surrounded by hundred-year-old trees, powers the heavy millstones. Visitors can enjoy a fascinating and extensive collection of cacti and succulents, as well as a rich variety of local plants and flowers. Sabandia Mill is home to vicuñas, llamas, alpacas, guinea pigs, roosters, local birds and an immense Arequipa fighting bull. The architectural ensemble of the Sabandia Mill, nestled in a site of particular natural charm, creates an aesthetically pleasing contrast of bright white walls against the green of the surrounding countryside. The mill is located in the district of Sabandia, about 20 minutes from downtown Arequipa.
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Ron C
Florence, AZ54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I thought this was a public property. It is not. The old mill building is restored, but the residence part is private. The two mill wheals are below the mill. None are functional, and one has fallen apart. The basement rooms are closed to tourists, in order to "preserve" the furniture etc. located there. What a disappointment. The living area and basement should have been restored to the time period, and open to the public. In less than half an hour we had seen all there was to see.
Written January 12, 2024
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msadnmch
Piura, Peru66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
This great place keeps part of the historic arquitecture design and has great views with some iconic animals such as alpacas cows and vicuñas. You can enjoy the walk inside and breath pure air. And of course ask a Queo helado ice cream! :)
Written December 29, 2019
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gaos
Bussum, The Netherlands209 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
it is no longer in the countryside. Arequipa is expanding in the surrounding hills and not by the most beautiful houses. That's one minor thing. The next is that they keep animals in small stables/cags. The bull looks dangerous but he wants you to scratch his back with a special 'fork'. That's kind of cute, but he is kept in that small stable and that's aweful.
The mill is beautifully restored but we could not enjoy fully coz it was the last stop on our open bus tour and we were running late and it was half dark.
As part of the bus tour it is worth to visit, but else skip it.
Written May 11, 2016
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Peter C
Melbourne, Australia66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Don't go out of your way, small, so, so attraction that is a long way out of town. Small zoo with sad animals in cages too small for them. Probably best to stop encouraging the owners here
Written July 2, 2013
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Larojasandra
Lima, Peru42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Family
I love the place, the flowers, the trees and the old house...it would be great if you can stay there a little longer, there is not so much to do and we couldn't find a good restaurant close, so we had to get back to the city Arequipa.
Written October 14, 2013
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Jpineda87
Miami, FL57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
i want to start by saying DONT SPEND YOUR MONEY ON A TOUR FOR THIS!!!! this mill is located about 20 minutes away, the fastest, safest way to get there is on a taxi. the entrance its like 5 soles per person. which is ok. its a beautiful mill from the 18th century. its has been renovated and well kept. you will see how from a stream of water they used the mill. the land where the mill is located is really beautiful, flowers, huge trees, animals (bulls, llamas, cuys(guinea pigs) n more. after your done you can ride horses around which i think its rip off. they just follow the pack. we walked from the mill to a near by town about a 10 minute walk, we crossed the river and walked along farms..its a really nice stop to make in Arequipa you wont regret it..
Written March 13, 2013
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dgjohansson
Ronneby, Sweden1,591 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is a very peaceful place with entertainment like horse riding and more. If you're looking for this you'll probably rank this place higher than I do. I went there as a part of a city tour and it took about 20 min to drive there and another 20 min back. The visit itself took less than 30 min and the main thing to see was the very small garden and the water mill itself. The mill is fascinating, but not worth the time taken from visiting the rest of the city tour attractions - in my case, less time in St Catalina Monastery and no visit to the cathedral. So, if possible when buying a city tour - skip this place. If you want to go for a ride - sure! Go here!
Written March 19, 2010
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Bernadette P
Berkeley, CA90 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This trip to the outskirts of Arequipa, like our trip to the Founders Mansion was disappointing because you are not in the countryside or a “pleasant little town” as our guidebook said. Maybe you were once. But now you’re in a zone of houses that are being rapidly thrown up and are sometimes appalling. The mill itself is very nice but not really worth rattling through the traffic to reach. Arequipa has insane congestion so all journeys take far longer than you expect
Written October 7, 2019
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Donna S
North Carolina37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
This place is in the countryside of Arequipa and worth visiting, although you don't need to spend hours here. It is small but filled with mill-related artifacts, beautiful landscaping, and some animals.
Written May 31, 2019
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Bob H
Mississauga, Canada18,004 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
This architectural masterpiece was built in 1785 as the first mill of its kind in the area. Although the structure fell into a dilapidated state, it was restored in 1973. This centuries-old mill, powered by a nearby waterfall, is in operation, grinding grains and flours, after being restored in 1973. The magnificent Sabandia Mill towers over the bucolic countryside, its white walls shining in the sun. Its sturdy buttresses, vaults, gargoyles, gates, and balconies, built of the white volcanic stone known as sillar, give it a character that has withstood the passing of time. Sabandia Mill provided flour to the villagers of Arequipa.
Written August 21, 2018
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