Valle de los Ingenios

  • Valle de los Ingenios or Valley of the Sugar Mills, is a series of three interconnected valleys about 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) outside of Trinidad, Cuba.
  • Valle de los Ingenios is actually a group of 3 connected valleys (San Luis, Meyer, and Santa Rosa) and, at its peak of production, over 50 sugar mills were active there.
  • Due to its importance in Cuban history, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The history of Valle de los Ingenios and Trinidad’s are tightly connected.
  • Thousands of slaves worked on them. When slavery was abolished, sugar production declined and so did the region, with most of the sugar mills and other facilities turning into ruins.

 

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