Valle de los Ingenios, Cuba

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Valle de los Ingenios, or Valley of the Sugar Mills, is a series of three valleys near the city of Trinidad de Cuba. The valleys were the center of sugar cane production from the late 18th century until the late 19th century. At the peak of the sugar cane industry in Cuba, there were more than fifty mills operating in the valleys, with over 30,000 slaves working in the mills and the surrounding plantations. Sugar production was an important industry for Cuba from the earliest settlement by the Spanish, who introduced the crop to the island in 1512. The island became the world’s foremost producer of sugar during the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Manaca Iznaga plantation - The 147-foot bell tower once called slaves in and out of the fields. Former slave quarters, barracones, are still used for housing.

Manaca Iznaga plantation – The 147-foot bell tower once called slaves in and out of the fields. Former slave quarters, barracones, are still used for housing.

from atop the Iznaga Tower

from atop the Iznaga Tower

from Iznaga Tower

from Iznaga Tower

Foto Friday Favs

Happy Friday! Behold some of our favorite images from past Foto Fridays ~

Havana, Cuba, photo by Jason Hedrick

Havana, Cuba, photo by Jason Hedrick

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Sur, Oman

Sur, Oman

Havana, Cuba, photo courtesy of Jason Hedrick

Havana, Cuba, photo courtesy of Jason Hedrick

Mt. Nebo, Jordan

Mt. Nebo, Jordan

Fez, Morocco

Fez, Morocco

camelboy in the desert of northern Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

camelboy in the desert of northern Oman, photo by Sallie Volotzky

Trinidad de Cuba, photo by Steve Sherwood

Trinidad de Cuba, photo by Steve Sherwood

Bodrum, Turkey, photo by Sue Alstedt

Bodrum, Turkey, photo by Sue Alstedt

Fez, Morocco

Fez, Morocco

NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 10

The answer to the last episode (episode 9) is: CUBA.
Clue 1 – Vinales Valley in Pinar del Rio province
Clue 2 – Callejon de Hamel in Centro Habana
Clue 3 – Trinidad de Cuba

For information on legal travel to Cuba for American citizens and residents, please phone Ya’lla Tours at 800.644.1595.

Now for this episode –

All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates.

We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites. Continue reading

Foto Friday – Ya’lla Groups

Happy Friday one and all! Thanks for stopping by.

Here are some shots of Ya’lla group travelers enjoying some of our destinations.

at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

old Stock Exchange building, Plaza de San Francisco, Havana

old Stock Exchange building, Plaza de San Francisco, Havana

Even if you agree on a price before hand, some camel guys will demand extra money to let you off the camel. This is one of many reasons why a guide is highly recommended.

Even if you agree on a price before hand, some camel guys will demand extra money to let you off the camel. This is one of many reasons why a guide is highly recommended.

tea on the Nile

tea on the Nile

outside the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora in Istanbul

outside the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora in Istanbul

walking the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem

walking the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem

in the Roman theater of Amman, Jordan

in the Roman theater of Amman, Jordan

in the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman

in the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman

at Bait Al Safah, a renovated house in the old village of Al Hamra, Oman

at Bait Al Safah, a renovated house in the old village of Al Hamra, Oman

riding through the streets of Trinidad de Cuba

riding through the streets of Trinidad de Cuba