Oscar Valadares

Valladares starts Cigar Safari in Honduras

Oscar Valladares way in to the cigar business was as a bus driver for Rocky Patel. Now he’s going back to his roots by organizing Honduras first Cigar & Coffee Safari.

“I’ve had a lot of people asking me about how I come up with my ideas, how I make this and that, so I thought I’d start bringing groups,” he says. “And a lot of smokers have their cigars with coffee, so why not put those two together. I just started growing tobacco myself and the coffee farm I got from my great-grandfather when he passed away five years ago.”

The first safari will be in February next year.

“It’s going to be a four day visit and I already have 14 groups booked. I’m preparing a house in Danlí where the visitors will be staying with a pool, bar, kitchen and pool tables. Then they will visit my tobacco farm, the coffee farm and the factory. The idea is to talk to other manufacturers about visiting their factories and farms too.”

Since graduating with an engineering degree in surveying in 2005, Simon Lundh has preferred to follow a profession in journalism. He stumbled upon the cigar world while working for a non-governmental organization in Estelí, Nicaragua, and is now mainly making a living writing about cigars, metal music, tattoos, and travel.


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