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Address: Camino Al Molino S/N. Sabandia, Arequipa 04000, Peru
Phone Number: +51 959 839 545
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The Molino de Sabandía (Sabandía Mill) is a three centuries old water mill,...

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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Beautiful old mill, which just received major improvements, very recommended if you like old architecture. There is a nice hotel a few steps from here, with an artificial lake... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2014

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Oakland, California
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We went by taxi to a charming little town called Characato and strolled in the main plaza; then took a "colectivo" (inexpensive public transportation at $0,30 per person) and went to The Molina which we have heard so much about it. We were NOT disappointed and it was a charming and picturesque place not far from Arequipa. The mill is... More 

1 Thank Graciela A
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Took a long time to get there because of roadworks. There was nowhere to have a coffee or eat something as the restaurant and cafeteria were closed. Not much to see or do unless you want to go horse riding. Overall a very disappointing experience....for us.

Thank Rosanna S
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Great local food, cool local history, and very inexpensive horseback riding await you here. This is the countryside of Arequipa.

Thank FotoGrafik A
Reading, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Took a bus out with no preparatory research and arrived, paid ten soles entry to see a pretty dull and small mill (not a big windmill, a wheat grinding mill in a room). Although the location was a nice break from town we didn't spend more than half an hour there, and there were animals like a bull and starving... More 

Thank sallyj1992
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Beautiful old mill, which just received major improvements, very recommended if you like old architecture. There is a nice hotel a few steps from here, with an artificial lake with some ducks and pedal boats. You can go to the bull fight coliseum from here, it's just a few minutes away. WARNING: Be careful with the horse rides in front... More 

1 Thank luiseduardocg
Lima, Peru
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

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.

Thank Larojasandra
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

If you're just visiting the city, this may not be worth your time. But if you have a longer visit and want to explore outside the city, it is very beautiful. One of my favorite places to do photo shoots, this old mill is scenic and relaxing. Aim for a pre-sunset visit. But if you have limited time, choose the... More 

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Perth, australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

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

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Arequipa, Peru
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

It's interesting to see the design of the watermill and the stone building that it's in. It might be worth it to pay S/10 if it's part of a tour and just one of the stops. You won't spend more than 15 mins there. But to go all the way out to Sabandia on your own only to see this... More 

Thank SembethC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

unexpectadely beautiful place.nice cactus garden & other flowering plant.we all loved the place.one of the most beautiful garden in Arequipa.I am glad i went.lovely ground to walk around.could have spent more time.visit was part of half day Arequipa tour

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