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Address: Camino Al Molino S/N. Sabandia, Arequipa 04000, Peru
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+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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Beautiful building and countryside

We visited in March 2017 with three young children (ages 7, 7, and 4). We used private transportation and arrived around 10:30 am, well before the tour buses, so a tour... read more

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Is a very nice attraction to visit, located outside Arequipa, you can rent a taxi to reach the place. Is very nice for visiting with family

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Calama, Chile
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in March 2017 with three young children (ages 7, 7, and 4). We used private transportation and arrived around 10:30 am, well before the tour buses, so a tour experience may be much different. First, there are a lot of tourist trap attractions outside (horseback riding, handicrafts, a restaurant, etc.) that are not associated with the mill. You... More 

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Baker City, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Most people probably get here as a stop on the city bus tours. The mill is small but interesting. It's worth 15-20 minutes We spent the rest of the afternoon having lunch at the El Lago Hotel. There's also horseback rides, a mini zoo, a small zip line and a kids play area nearby.

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Lima, Peru
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

The molino is a decent place to go and well maintained. However the surroundings are too popular, chaotic and no mans land. I admit i took a nice pic with some ladies with hawks but then the parking is super dusty and dirty, you have a lot of noisy and car alarms and the restaurants are crowded and badly served,... More 

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Heers, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

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 29 July 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 11 May 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 11 May 2016

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

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