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Famous Cuban Planters Part of Tourist "Tobacco Route"

Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) Tours through the tobacco plantation owned by Hector Luis Prieto, the youngest of the "Hombres Habano" (Cigar Men) will become an added attraction on the tobacco route through this Cuban province, its coordinators announced on Monday.

The Quemado de Rubi farm devoted to the cultivation of the aromatic plants will be part of the itinerary through rural areas of this region known for the excellence of their crops, the prize-winning grower confirmed to Prensa Latina.

One of the options for that mode of agrarian tourism will be accommodation in log cabins, built in the style of the local vernacular architecture.

The idea "is for visitors to be able to appreciate all phases of tobacco production, including the making of the coveted Cuban cigars, plus stay overnight in the middle of the countryside."

Distinguished in 2008 as an Hombre Cubano after achieving a high production of export quality cigars, Prieto assured that he has not been affected by fame, and that the important thing is to maintain what has been achieved.

The Tobacco Route, which could be ready for the coming year, include visits to the best tobacco growers in Vueltabajo, as this area was formerly known and the opportunity to stay in some of the western plantations of the territory, 140 kilometers far from Havana.

The initiative will also cover theoretical sessions on plant characteristics and musical-dance performances linked to the agrarian tradition of the region, stated executives of this sector.

Pinar del Rio provides 70 percent of the national production of the leaf and substantial quantities of the raw materials used in cigars.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Source: Prensa Latina

Famous Cuban Planters Part of Tourist "Tobacco Route"