Sugar Cane Museum

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Joanie27_10
Winnipeg, Canada126 contributions
Very interesting
Nov 2019 • Couples
Part of our sugar cane, rum, cigar tour. We learned a-lot about the history of sugar cane production in Cuba. Lots of steam trains on site. At the time of our tour, we were told the steam train hadn’t been operational for the last two months so the train ride part wasn't available. After the tour of the old factory, we were taken to a bar area where you could purchase a drink and each of us was given a nice gift box with two bottles of rum. There was a small souvenir area inside with reasonably priced items.
Written December 3, 2019
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sheila270
Toronto, Canada1,772 contributions
Two bottles of rum!
Apr 2018 • Couples
We went here on a half day tour. I think it was $49 cuc a person. We arranged it through our Air Canada representative at the resort. We had a guide from the museum explain the process of making sugar and show the machines and our guide would translate to English. This other guy showed us how he cut the sugar cane and gave us each a piece and we could take a picture with him if we wanted and I

tipped him. We went into this place that made the sugar cane juice on a machine and we each got a full glass. I tipped again. Some people took 2 glasses and gave nothing. When you use the washroom there is someone there. Tip again. Pretty common every tourist place in Cuba. Next came the train and it was about a half hour or more. Long ride but it’s on the very last steam engine in Cuba. The conductor saw us looking at his CN hat (were Canadian )and he took us both on the train and took pictures and we blew the whistle. We were the only two people from the two groups there that got to do this. Tip again. Then we were brought into another area where every one got a bottle of rum. We got another 2 making it 4. We were the only ones again. The kids got a bag of candy. Tip again. And then we went back to our bus. It was an interesting tour. I recommend it.
Written April 4, 2018
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Shidoll
Kelowna, Canada233 contributions
Historical moment
Mar 2018
Learned so much from our tour, our guide (CUBA TOUR) took us to the cane fields first and then the museum....received two bottles of rum as well
Written April 3, 2018
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happyhelent
Herts102 contributions
well worth a visit
Jan 2018 • Couples
Really enjoyed seeing live history such as the old steam engines, seeing how the sugar cane was cut etc. Its a shame the old factory is almost in ruin but credit to the people who work hard to maintain this attraction.
Written January 15, 2018
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Elizabeth B
Kingston upon Thames, UK317 contributions
Steam and sugar
May 2017 • Couples
Firstly we went to the open air sugar cane museum where we learnt about the various processes for making the end product. The old machinery is fascinating and our guide was very informative. We saw the sugar cane placed in the machine and sampled the final liquid. We could only manage one sip as it was so sweet but a French child drank three glasses!!
Finally we rode on a steam train and had photos taken in the engine. There are so many trains to view on site all of yesteryear.
Written May 12, 2017
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Sellest
Bushey, UK4,051 contributions
Interesting visit - includes short steam train ride and history of the sugar factory
Apr 2017 • Family
Myself, partner and 7 year old enjoyed this trip whilst in Cuba. First of all we went on a short steam train ride - children run alongside hoping for you to throw sweets or money but our guide specifically and repeatedly told us not to throw anything as it can cause accidents as the young children come too close to the train and can get seriously injured. Then our guide explained about the trains and also the history of sugar and showed us around the factory telling us how the sugar was produced. We then had some free time to wander around before being given a glass of sugary syrup whilst a three piece band played! Interesting tour.
Written May 6, 2017
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Andrewfarrrow
Kimpton, UK226 contributions
Lovely Day out
Apr 2017 • Solo
Thoroughly enjoyed the sugar cane factory visit and steam train ride and visit to rum factory with two free bottles of rum thrown in ,which makes this a brilliant value
insight into Cuban culture. An excellent three course lunch is included.
Written April 16, 2017
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Ajayloulou
Daventry, UK100 contributions
Steaming into Cardenas
Jan 2017 • Couples
This trip with Transgaviota Tours we booked from England with Thompson Holidays. We selected the half day option which took us to the Sugar Cane Museum and then the train ride to Cardenas. Like many people the chance of a Steam Train ride is always something to look forward to.
Starting out from Varadero the trip into real Cuba was interesting especially once you leave the main road and venture into the smaller towns.
The tour starts by collecting your specialist guide at the Mill before going out to the plantation where you can see the cane cut by traditional means with a Machete, and also you get an explanation on how the cane is planted. You are invited to taste the raw cane too. Like all tours, there are photo opportunities both in the fields where you can be photographed with one of the workers, a machete and the cane and back at the sugar mill where the trains are to ride the foot plate. All require payment so have some money with you if you think you want this kind of souvenir.
After the plantation you return to the mill where there is a collection of 27 Steam engines in varying conditions of restoration and decay. You will then be guided around the closed mill and shown the machinery and talked through the processes that take raw sugar cane and take it to the refined sugar that you have on your table.
There is a few minutes at the end of this secton of the tour to wander into the shops, make use of the toilets and grab a few pictures of the engines and machinery before being loaded onto the carriage for your train ride. If you are lucky you will get to sit on one of the seats. Be prepared to stand. This is a 45 minute ride in an open carriage. Remember plants and bushes do grow beside the line so be observant and do not lean outside of the carriage unless you want a lasting souvenir of the unwanted kind.
As you approach Cardenas station you will find child beggars pursuing the train into the station. Our guide advised us not to pay them. They are looking for cash. This was a Monday, a school day. Schooling is free, and there are free school meals.
Like much of Cuba Cardenas station is in need of restoration beware there are a number of holes in the concourse do not be distracted by the beggars and fall down one.
A short bus ride takes you into Cardenas itself. This is one of the two primary towns that supplied workers into the Royalton Hotel the other being Matanza. You are taken to the square where there is a town musuem which you are taken into. I chose to use the free time and photographed the city. The high pavements in the street, denoting the floods that can occur during the hurricane season.
Overall this is a great trip which gives you an insight into Cuba and its history.
Written February 4, 2017
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Caroline O
35 contributions
Great, interesting day out
Aug 2016 • Couples
Great day out, this was part of the Taste of Cuba tour we went on on holiday whilst at Cayo Coco. Loved the steam train ride, they pass out pieces of sugar cane for you to try. Our guide was very knowledgeable and it was interesting to see all the old machinery and the process of how they processed the cane from the fields. Do wear good walking sandals or flip flops as before this trip we had lunch at a ranch and went to a tobacco farm, so lots of dusty places for walking.
Written August 16, 2016
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Brian Y
Sudbury, Canada8 contributions
train ride
Apr 2016 • Couples
I enjoyed the tour through the sugar cane mussuem, told us how much tonnage sugar cane needed to make sugar. Then the ride on a real steam train was awesome first time on a real steam engine.
When we left the yard of the museum on the train and rolling down the tracks, love when he blow the whistle , it was awesome sound it wa shaughting sound got goose bumps om my arm.the train came the train station at San Martin it wa sa great trip my train.

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Written May 24, 2016
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