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A unique experience


Enjoy this meticulously preserved gem of Arequipa’s rural architecture.

(51) 959 839 545 / Contact us

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A unique experience


Enjoy this meticulously preserved gem of Arequipa’s rural architecture.

(51) 959 839 545 / Contact us

A Destination YOU CAN´T MISS

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 mill is located in the district of Sabandia, about 20 minutes from downtown Arequipa.

MILL IN OPERATION SINCE 1621

Discover the history and engineering behind the mill.

Enjoy VEGETATION

Enjoy the vegetation and landscape of the typical Arequipa!

architecture

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.

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A PARADISE SINCE 1621


Surrounded by ancient trees, a nice collection of cacti and succulents, flowers and various local plants, a large bull fight Arequipa, llamas, alpacas, guinea pigs, roosters and other birds of the area.

A PARADISE SINCE 1621


Surrounded by ancient trees, a nice collection of cacti and succulents, flowers and various local plants, a large bull fight Arequipa, llamas, alpacas, guinea pigs, roosters and other birds of the area.

Our History

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.

This architectural masterpiece was built in 1621. A Spanish colonist, Don García de Vargas Machuca, entrusted the construction of the mill to Francisco Flores, a “master of architecture and stonework,” according to an old document signed on 27 August before the colonial notary, Don Pedro Ibañez de Irruegas. The Spanish viceroy had granted García de Vargas Machuca the land and a permit to build a mill—"hazer un Molino en el asiento de Saguandía," as the signed document reads.

For centuries, Sabandia Mill provided flour to the villagers of Arequipa. The building still bears the marks of the countless laborers and farmers who supplied it with wheat and made the stone wheels turn, grinding the grain amid the murmur of the water that ripples gaily in the millstream.

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A HISTORIC MILL


A beautiful waterfall, which force moves the heavy stones to grind.

A HISTORIC MILL


A beautiful waterfall, which force moves the heavy stones to grind.

Architecture and functioning

HISTORY AND BEAUTY IS COMBINED

In operation for nearly 400 years, Sabandía Mill is an authentic example of the region’s traditional rural architecture, which makes extensive use of the white volcanic rock known locally as sillar. 

Built on a rectangular foundation beside a picturesque stream, the building features towering walls, high buttresses and vaults. Its architecture features an unusual arrangement of raised floors to take advantage of the power of a nearby stream, diverted through two channels, to power two grindstones from an 18th-century water mill. The mill originally was used to grind wheat, corn and other grains. The quality of the flour depends on the adjustment of the stones, which can be raised or lowered. The millstones must be removed periodically and cleaned with a chisel.

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.