Cuban Sugar Museum Attracts Foreign Visitors

 Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, May 6 (Prensa Latina) Tourists arriving to Jardines del Rey destination, in northern Ciego de Avila province (central Cuba) feel attracted by excursions to know the country’s sugar-making traditions. For this purpose they travel to the Patria o Muerte sugar museum, in the city of Moron, some 470 km northeast from Havana, to witness the process of this industry, one of the oldest in Cuba.

The excursion, promoted by Cubanacan Travel Agency, shows the different phases Cuban sugar industry has gone through, is a favorite among visitors from Canada, Britain, Argentina and Spain.

The facility has a warehouse to exhibit about twenty steam locomotives from the early 20th Century, a crane used in the construction of the Panama Canal, besides some sugar mill parts.

The program includes a stay in a big California country-style house, where videos about the sugar-making process are screened for the visitors.

Photos, documents and articles of interest about the history of sugar mills in the area and sugarcane products promoted by the Cuban firm are also exhibited.

The visitors can also enjoy performances by local folk group Afrocaribe, including dances  about the sugar making process and the making of “canchanchara” , a traditional beverage made from firewater, lemon juice and honey.

The program includes a five-km rail journey on open cars pulled by a Baldwing steam engine made in 1920 that takes visitors to a country hut, where they can enjoy guarapo (sugarcane juice) and a traditional charcoal-cooked Cuban lunch in direct contact with nature.

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