Cigar Safari: An Introduction to Nicaragua
I just returned from Nicaragua on Drew Estate’s Cigar Safari. Wow, what an incredible experience! Every part of the trip is first class and is certainly a tour you will want to see for yourself. I personally cannot wait to go again and I’ve only just returned home.
The trip begins when the tour bus arrives at the airport, filled with cigars and beer for a comfortable drive as we go to our first stop for lunch. The food, the view, and the hospitality were strong highlights from the very beginning and stayed strong throughout the trip. Pedro, who was born and raised in Nicaragua, was our knowledgeable and welcoming guide. One of the things I really appreciated is how the tour was organized, and in particular how it began. The first full day we didn’t visit a single factory or farm, instead the focus was on Nicaragua itself. The day was all about culture as we learned about the history of Nicaragua and the people who live here.
This introduction into Nicaragua made the visits to the factories and farms much more powerful as you have an understanding of the country you are in and the people who are working here. Having explored the different parts of Nicaragua and listening to their history as you see it before your very eyes gives you a connection that truly impacts the visit to the cigar factories. The tobacco, the land, the people- the sense of what Nicaragua is all about, is an experience I wasn’t expecting and am truly honored to have been a part of.
View the slideshow below for images from our first stop at a lunch with an incredible view, a visit to the Masaya Volcano (one of the 13 volcanoes in Nicaragua), and a boat ride through Lake Nicaragua as we watched the sun set. One of the fun things to lookout for on the boat ride is Monkey Island! It is exactly what it sounds like, ha. We were also treated with a drive through Granada, the oldest city in Central America, then ended the evening with an elegant dinner.