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                 "El Jefe" Cigar Trip Puerto Rico

 The “El Jefe” cigar tour will follow the logical path of the tobacco, from seed to the "El Jefe" Cigar, the top Puerto Rican Cigar.  Ty will guide you though the fields and factories explaining all of the very labor intensive processes that lead to producing the best cigars in the world.  He will also give you plenty of spare time during the trip to explore the cigar shops of Puerto Rico and smoke wonderful cigars.

"El Jefe" Cigar Review!

Question:   What does "El Jefe" mean?

(a) the Jeff (b) the Boss (c) the Chief (d) the heavy 

Ty Freeman "El Jefe" Cigars will cover cost of lodging, food, and transportation from March 8th - 11th. 

 You will be responsible for Airfare.  Airfare on January 10th from Pittsburgh to San Juan PR was $416.00

I would suggest staying over Sunday Night in San Juan we will look for a cool Hotel.

Airfare is a lot less if you return on Monday or Tuesday.

Day 1 – Arrive in Puerto Rico

Destination

"El Jefe" Cigar Factory

staying at

Casa Grande Mountain Plantation, Utuado Puerto Rico

 El Rancho de Corozal Comerio, Puerto Rico

Flight arrives in Puerto Rico (arriving 2 – 4 PM)

VIP arrival service (Ahhh, maybe not! LOL). Rum and cigars will welcome you..
Transfer to the Casa Grande Plantation scattered up the mountainside immersed by the tropical forest the central region of Puerto Rico, around 1 hour 45 minutes from airport.
Welcome drinks, snacks and VIP.   Welcome selection of hand rolled cigars.

Hammock at Casa Grande!

Youtube video Casa Grande!

Some views of Comerio Puerto Rico and beyond, more info below!

 

Town Plaza Comerio Puerto Rico

 

City Street Comerio Puerto Rico

 

Waterfall Comerio Puerto Rico

 

Comerio Puerto Rico

 

View from Casa Grande Mountain Plantation

 

Museo de Tobacco

 

Day 2 – Visit Comerio, PR the “Bordeaux” of cigar tobacco

7.30 – 9:30

Breakfast at Casa Grande Plantation.

9.30am

Depart for Comerio area , the top tobacco region in Puerto Rico. Here you will visit Palomos, Pinas, Rio Hondo and Vega Honda, the four wards the region is centered around. Our tour will follow the logical path of the tobacco from seed to the rolling tables explaining all of the very labor intensive processes that lead to producing the best cigars in the world. We will start by visiting the Experimental Station, which is responsible for all of the seeds that are used for the export quality cigar tobacco growth. Here they will explain the way in which they continue to experiment with tobacco to find ways to improve the field, repel insects and other important factors.


We will visit the sun grown tobacco used for the filler leaf in the cigars, then you will visit the covered tobacco plantations where they grow the very smooth leaves used for the wrapper of the cigars.
We will also show you the curing and fermenting processes that ensure that the flavor of the Puerto Rican Cigar is the best in the world. After the tour of this area we will take you for a local lunch. After lunch we will visit our cigar factory.

2.30pm

Leave our factory for the Museo de Tobacco Caguas, Puerto Rico.

3.00pm

Arrive at the Museo de Tobacco (VIP pre check-in)

7.30pm

Back to Casa Grande Plantation for drinks and dinner with workers.

8.30pm

Music Entertainment and – more cigars.

 

 

 

Day 3 – Visit your first Puerto Rico Cigar Factory and getting to know Old Puerto Rico

 Breakfast at the Casa Grande Plantation at your leisure.

7:30 - 9:00 AM

9.00am

Depart for a Puerto Rico Cigar Factory tour. At the factory you will see all of the processes involved in the production of this high quality hand rolled cigars. It is important to visit the factory early as this is when all of the processes can be viewed. After the factory tour you will have the chance to buy and try their cigars in the factory shops.

After the factory tour there will be a walk through Old Puerto Rico stopping at various cigar shops in order for you to see which cigars are available for purchase and give you opportunity to try cigars you may not have seen before. This walk will finish with drinks and lunch in old town San Juan at a refurbished boutique hotel that is dedicated to cigar smokers. The central courtyard is a great place to stop for a drink and a cigar On the mezzanine floor in the courtyard is a super cigar shop and bar offering a good selection of cigar brands and some slightly lesser known cigars..

4.30pm

Return to Comerio to relax with a good cigar, or have a siesta.

8.00pm

Depart for dinner in Comerio, Puerto Rico at Batey Bohemio, famous for its traditional Puerto Rican dishes. Followed by bars and live music clubs for those who wish.

Homemade Rum - Puerto Rico Style!

 

 

Day 4 - Day of Fun in the Sun!

07.30-10.00

Breakfast at the Casa Grande Plantation at your leisure.

10:00am

    Various options to be listed later and voted on for a fun day in Puerto Rico, beach, siesta, cave exploring, Old San Juan, Rain Forest. We will vote and tote....

Siesta!

 

 

 

Some of us will be staying longer, either before or after the actual El Jefe Cigar Trip.  If you have an interest in staying longer, please let me know, we could possibly rent a house.  Maximum number of people for "El Jefe" trip is 15, you are confirmed when you go thru me (Jim) leafandbeanstrip@aol.com and when you buy your plane ticket, do not buy any tickets without confirming with me first.

Sample Flight Times: (as of Jan 10th)

 Total Air, Taxes & Fees $416.40 One Adult  Flight - 1 round trip ticket 

Thu, Mar 08

Depart:

Arrive

8:55am

4:19pm

Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) to

San Juan, (SJU)

 US Airways - 1 Stop

Flight 1681 / Flight 1034

Mon, Mar 12

Depart:

Arrive

4:35pm

11:30pm

San Juan, (SJU) to

Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

 US Airways - 1 Stop

Flight 1035 / Flight 1580

Cigar portion of the trip is over on Sunday, however airfare to return on Sunday is more expensive, it makes more sense to stay over Sunday night and fly back on Monday, even with the expense of hotel room for Sunday night you would save money flying home on Monday.

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for Cubans!