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Address: Calle Antonio Maceo 157, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Phone Number: 48/773-069

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It's a very interesting place to visit. It is the only place where cigars are made in the Pinar del Rio tobacco growing area. (Most cigars are made in and around Havana.) You can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Buderim, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

You must come here and see how the famous Cuban cigars are made. You don't need a guide as you can see what is happening but a guide is good to explain the finer details of cigar making. It is amazing watching the cigars being made so simply. If you are coming back to Australia there is a chart about... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It's a very interesting place to visit. It is the only place where cigars are made in the Pinar del Rio tobacco growing area. (Most cigars are made in and around Havana.) You can watch the whole, hand made, cigar manufacturing process inside the factory. It is very interesting and well worth the visit. There is also a shop where... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Loved going to the valley to see cigars being made. Was able to see how they made six different types of cigars. Interesting to see the process and how many they made in such a short period of time.

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

For those interested in cigars and the process of making them, this is the place to tour. Sure, the factories in Havana are large and well-known but because of this, there's often overrun with tourists and the guides are too busy to answer questions. That's why this is the place to tour. Francisco Donatien is one of the smaller factories... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

To visit this traditional factory is a lesson, you can feel in an medieval guild, where fathers teach sons...On the other hand, as in most of the tours in Cuba, nobody explains what is going on, so the only way to interact is to be fluent in Spanish and speak with the workers as I tried to do.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

How interesting to see these people (mainly women) rolling cigars. How skilful are these people! The tour is really unmissable and I will do it again: pity that no cameras are allowed (this probably come down to the socialist country but...a cigar factory is not a military secret!)

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I really enjoyed this visit to the cigar factory. The women were so dextrous rolling the cigars. It is a brief tour with no cameras allowed but way better than another cigar making exhibition I saw down the coast. These women were doing this as a livelihood rather than as a one off tourist show which I appreciated more. Lovely... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

In my opinion this factory is worth the visit. Yes you can not take pictures inside, and you can only see the rolling of the cigars, but this was sufficient for me. It is exciting to see the workers to do this process, from streching the leaves, rolling them, putting them under pressure, make them smooth, see the testing. You... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Traditional cigar factory where you can see all steps of the production process of the famous Cuban cigars. Depending on the time of the arrival a bit crowded. Cameras are not allowed and must be stored at the entrance.

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Lund, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

The city of Pinar del Rio might not have much to offer but the cigar factory is a must if you are spending some time in Vinales. It is not a huge factory but you do get to stand just a meter or so from the workers and see them rolling those cigars. You'll get to see every step of... More 

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