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Address: Camino Al Molino S/N. Sabandia, Arequipa 04000, Peru
Phone Number: +51 959 839 545

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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A lovely place outside Arequipa!

Sabandia's mill dates from the 17th Century, where the grains were ground that soon were distributed in all the South of Peru. Fascinating villages with stepped terraces dating... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Roger T
London, United Kingdom
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Heers, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This mill is nice but nothing special. You have seen it in 10 minutes. This mill works with the water coming in on the mill. the strength of the water turns the mill around. That's about it. The architecture is very nice. on the way out, there are some animals like horses and lamas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sabandia's mill dates from the 17th Century, where the grains were ground that soon were distributed in all the South of Peru. Fascinating villages with stepped terraces dating from pre-inca time, will be seen on the way when you take a tour. But it is a wonderful stop-off on a tour through the region. Just be careful to give the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If I was you I would visit the Molino of Sabandia. I was there with a group of tourists and they loved it. The architecture is from colonial times built with lavastone (sillar), and it has a nice garden and a small zoo with alpacas, llamas.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

We visited here on a coach tour (which was also dreadful). This is a dreadful place. We were invited to ride the horses - even if you decide to go here after you've read this review please please don't take up this offer. Many of the horses are in poor condition (we've had horses n know when an animal is... More 

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Estimado Sr. Hemos leído con atención su opinión y lamentamos que se refieran no al Molino de Sabandia , si... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016

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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

Not worth the time spent in transportation from Arequipa to Sabandia and forward. Nice and small place... relaxing!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2016

I saw this recommended in the Lonely Planet guide and, since I love historic architecture and was ready to spend some time in a quieter place, I decided to visit. Traveling alone, it cost me way too much for the taxi ride there (after asking three other taxis, two of which didn't know it and one that also sounded expensive).... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

We spent 3 weeks last summer at the Estellar Hotel which is a 5 minutes walk from the Molino. Whenever our kids were bored, we would take them to the Molino and just walk around and look at the animals or take pictures with the locals or just go for a horse ride... The landscape is really beautiful as the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

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