The fabulous story of cuban cigars

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Pinar del Río is one of the provinces of Cuba. It is at the western end of the island of Cuba.
The Pinar del Río province is Cuba’s westernmost province and contains one of Cuba’s three main mountain ranges, the Cordillera de Guaniguanico, divided into the easterly Sierra del Rosario and the westerly Sierra de los Organos. These form a landscape characterised by steep sided limestone hills (called mogotes) and flat, fertile valleys. One such topographic feature, the Viñales Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The northern coast opens to the great Gulf of Mexico, and is lined by the Colorados Archipelago, a string of cays and isles developed on a reef barrier. The westernmost point of Cuba, Cabo San Antonio, is located on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, which is a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve.
The province relies on tobacco farming, with Pinar del Río producing 70% of Cuba’s crop, used to make the cigars that are so prized overseas. The best tobacco, used for more expensive cigar brands, is grown in the flat lands of San Juan y Martínez.
Tourism is also an important part of the province’s economy. Though the town of Pinar del Río (the provincial capital) has some places of cultural and historical interest (such as the Cathedral of San Rosendo, a 19th Century construction), most attractions are to be found in rural or natural settings. A major destination is the Viñales Valley, a karstic depression located in the Sierra de los Organos, north of the town of Viñales. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 because of its natural beauty and the traditional agricultural techniques which continue to used in the cultivation of tobacco and other crops there, the valley is a popular hiking and rock climbing location.
Many of the valley’s surrounding hills are dotted with caves which may be explored by visitors and spelunking has become another popular activity in the province (a particularly interesting cave is the Cueva de los Portales, beside the Río Caiguanabo, where Che Guevara set up his staff headquarters and dormitory as commander of the Western Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis).
Accommodations in and near Viñales have also grown in number in response to growing tourism in the region. In addition to casas particulares (licensed bed and breakfasts in private residences), there a number of hotels some kilometers from the town, such as La Ermita and Rancho Horizontes San Vicente.
Another major tourist destination in the province is Las Terrazas, a unique model village located 20 kilometer northeast of Soroa. Surrounded by mountains, the village was founded in 1971 as part of rural development and reforestation project which spans 5,000 ha (12,355 acres). As in other parts of the province, there are several hiking trails which weave through the surrounding mountains. Some companies offer guided hiking tours on a daily basis (in some areas, in fact, a guide is mandatory).
With around 30 diving sites, Pinar del Río is also considered one of Cuba’s premier scuba diving destinations. Cayo Levisa, about two kilometers offshore, is known for its copious black coral and excursions to this cay are afforded by tour agencies based in the province. Another hugely popular location is María la Gorda beach, which boasts many nearby dive sites (as close as 200 m (220 yd) from the beach).An increasing number of tourists also visit the San Diego hot springs, in search of the health benefits reportedly afforded by the warm sulfur-rich waters there. An additional spectrum of health-related services has also become available at this spa, including massages and mud baths.

34 thoughts on “The fabulous story of cuban cigars

  1. Mr. Squirrel says:

    A very professional video with a professional voice over. I hope the
    viewers appreciate the work that went into making this video.
    de L.

  2. Randy Warren says:

    I had a grandmother and a great aunt who rolled cigars during the great
    depression in Key West Fla. It kept food on the table, clothes on their
    backs, and a roof over their heads. A great video, and what a diverse group
    of interesting characters.

  3. Sam Smith says:

    I’m certainly no fan of Communism OR Barack H. Obama for that matter but I
    must applaud Obama for attempting to end the embargo. That’s the only way.
    Isolating Cuba and imposing harsh sanctions hasn’t done jack squat in the
    50+ years of embargo. All its done is hurt the Cuban people. The Castro
    clan are still in power, but there is always a will for change and I feel
    it in the air. A nice injection of Capitalism just might be cure for
    Communism. We have to try something different. Oh and thank god for Cuban

  4. Rick Haggett says:

    Great educational video. Nothing like smoking a Cuban while watching it.
    Those folks work hard in tough weather conditions to bring us one of the
    pleasures of life, a fine Cigar. Time to go back to Cuba. 


    I am a non smoker. However, I love this country, unpolluted towns, nature’s
    beauty, greenish tobacco plantations, people’s hard work and their perfect
    craftsmanship and work skills and also the nice song with melodious music.

  6. john smith says:

    I would smoke one a day but Australian government has other ideas for us
    cigar lovers.
    Partagas are now 40 bucks each !!!
    These besuited arseholes tax small luxuries to death.

  7. hook7872 says:

    What an excellent documentary! Thank you for this video. Very informative.
    Every time I smoke a cigar I will have a greater appreciation for the love,
    culture, and heritage placed behind every great cigar. Cuba has a wonderful
    culture in which I hope to someday visit.

  8. DR M Luckie says:

    Very insightful gave me knowledge I didn’t know. Also makes me appreciate
    my cigar experiences more ,

  9. Erwin Fernandez says:

    I was born n’ raised in Vinales, I arrived to USA on 2/20/2013 n’ today,
    12/31/13, there’s no better thing to do that watch this video all over
    again, thk u sooooo much, toda y cada una de las vistas me traen recuerdos
    inolvidables…., only a word can describe this, AWESOME!!!!

  10. ricoton57 says:

    El próximo diciembre llego por ahí, si el opulento así lo quiere, ese es el
    paraíso terrenal que nos ha brindado el Pulentooooo.

  11. Roly Haley says:

    First of all Vinales is not the the center of the Cigar Industry in Pinar
    del Rio but San Luis and San Juan y Martinez and second there are NOT 36
    kms from Vinales to Palenque de los Cimarrones, I think there are less than
    10 kms, but anyway it is a great video, thank you so much to have uploaded
    it, that is the place where i spend a lot of time and had so many
    adventures in my life. Thank you so much…

  12. Roly Haley says:

    Oye se te debe haber asado el culo con el viaje tan largo porque mira que a
    esas guaguas rusas se le calentaba el motor, no joda

  13. malanga13 says:

    Que video tan lindo! Recuerdo cuando fui al valle cuando era nino en una
    excursion de la escuela desde Guines y fue una verdadera aventura para mi,
    en una guagua rusa y yo sentado al lado del chofer encima del motor :).

  14. Cari Gonzalez says:

    Yo acabo de regresar de pinar del rio/viñales hace 2 semanas y estoy loca
    por regresar. Que video mas lindo!!!!!! Al menos puedo ver lo que vi por
    ahora hasta que vuelva… soy americana pero guajira de corazon ya q mi
    papa era de las minas de matahambre. Un beso!!!!! Viva cuba!!!!!!!

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