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Cigar Factory - Other Activity Esteli - Nicaragua

Upon entering Nick’s Cigar Company in Esteli, visitors are immediately accosted by the overpowering scent of tobacco. The entrance room is covered in large portraits of owners Nick Perdomo Sr. and Jr. as they happily pose in the factory, surrounded by employees working intently on producing cigars. Once escorted inside the production rooms by an employee who may have enthusiastic, if limited English, visitors have a chance to see the entire cigar manufacturing process, from drying to packaging. While the factory is heaven for hardcore aficionados, it should be noted that tobacco novices may feel some irritation in their eyes and throat several minutes into the tour. Grown in Esteli and Jalapa, the tobacco leaves are planted and cultivated according to their use. Filler and binder leaves are grown in the sun, while wrapper leaves are carefully grown in the shade, making them thinner and more elastic then their sun-grown counterparts. The leaves are harvested and dried until they look like old, weathered maps. Leaves are then sorted by color, size and use. Filler and binder leaves are rolled and pressed into cigars, and covered in wrapper leaves whose mid-veins have been removed. The number of leaves used and their composition varies from one cigar brand to another. Cigars are then packaged and stored at proper temperatures, undergoing different processes if they become either too wet or too dry. Each roller at Nick’s Cigars, whose fingertips are stained brown from the chocolate-colored leaves, produces between 300 and 500 cigars a day, for a total factory output of roughly 60,000 cigars a day, divided amongst 60 types of cigars. Named in honor of Nicks Perdomo Jr.’s late grandfather, Edicion de Silvio is the highest quality cigar manufactured at the factory. Straight from the factory, they go for $200 USD for a box of 20 cigars. In the Perdomo Cigar Shop in Miami, a box costs $500. If you want a small souvenir but can’t afford a box of Silvio’s, individual cigars can also be bought. And if you’re really lucky, you might even be given a freebie at the end of the tour. It is entirely possible to show up at Nick's Cigar Company, solo, for a tour. However, should you prefer to visit a cigar factory in an organized group instead of on your own, Café Luz arranges inexpensive 2 hour tours to another factory, Nicarao Cigars. Taxi transport to the factory costs extra, and tours leave in the morning from the Café.

Location:
Located on km 150 on the Panamerican Highway. A taxi will cost roughly 50 cents per person.
Esteli, Nicaragua

Other Activity

Getting There
If walking from town, north on the Pan-American Highway, walk past the Texaco until you cross a bridge. There you’ll see the km sign. Turn left and go 200 meters west.

Price Description: Free.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Nicaraguan cĂłrdoba










20 Apr 2009




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