This is Vinales, the heart of Cuban tobacco
country, and it just so happens to be one
of the most stunning landscapes in the world.
I’m here on a people-to-people adventure with
Cuba Travel Services to meet Benito, for a
crash course in tobacco farming.
From the seed beds the small plants are re-planted
Benito’s family and friends, even his doctor
help with the harvest. The leaves are hung
to dry, then his tobacco is sold to the government
to make its way into Cohibas, MonteCristos
and other cigars around Cuba.
But of course, Benito saves some of his tobacco
for his private stash. So what do I do?
Oh, you said suck on it! And as I quickly
learned, no cigar is complete with a little
Cuban rum. I think it has something to do
with rum! How did I know? Let’s go! As the
cool breeze blew through Benito’s house, one
white coffee turned into several, I got the
hang of cigar smoking and all was well in
the hills of Vinales. Until next time, buen