To finish off our Cuban adventure, we are now going to take you to the Sugar Cane fields of Cárdenas. Located just outside of Varadero is Cárdenas, a municipality and city in the Matanzas province. This is where most of the Cubans who work at the resorts in Varadero actually live. Let’s tour this agricultural area with sugar cane!
Sugar Cane tour, Varadero Cuba – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Sugar Cane Tour #2 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Upon arriving in Cárdenas, we picked up a machete wielding sugar cane cutter who would give us some history on this activity. Much has changed in the sugar industry, even in Cuba. The machinery now used to extract sugar from the cane has lessened the amount of work involved dramatically. The cutter explained that the workers who would labour in the field in the past would work incredibly long hours, constantly slashing, as temperatures reached satanic levels. We tasted some fresh cane in the field and were really satisfied with how sweet and natural the juice was.
Sugar Cane Tour, Factory – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Sugar Cane Tour, Old Trains – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
We left the field and toured the old factory where the sugar cane would have been brought in by train, and the juice, called Guarapo would have been extracted. Imagine a giant wood chipper setup and you will have an idea of the effort involved. It was unbelieveable to see the amount of work that would have happened to produce such a small amount of sugar. In the past, the leftover biomass of the sugar cane post-extraction would be shipped up the street to the paper processing plant to make toilet paper and other paper materieals. These days, this factory serves as a museum.
Classic Car, Varadero Cuba – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
We hope you have enjoyed coming along with us on our trip to Cuba. I didn’t give a lot of advice in this series, but if you have any Cuba / Varadero specific questions, be sure to leave them in the comments.