Lots of cigar plantations and factories can be found in and around Estelí. The Nicaraguan cigars from this region are high quality and sold in the U.S. and Europe. The Nicaraguans are rightfully proud of it. There are a couple cigar factories where you as a tourist can walk around and see how things are done.
Estelí Cigarros is one o fthe cigar factories that can be visited, just ten minutes away from the center lie the fields and the factory, where thin, thick, strong, mild, dark, and light Cuban-quality cigars are produced. By just walking in you will easily find somebody who will informally show you around and tell you about the cigars, free of charge.
You can see how the tobacco plants grow and how they are harvested (if you're there in the right season). In an office on the same lot you can see men and women selecting, cutting, rolling, ordering, and packing the cigars.
You will also have the opportunity to buy some of the hand-made cigars, so be sure to bring a couple home to please cigar smoking friends or to just reward the company for their open-house policy.
Estelí Cigarros is located a bit north of Estelí, on the Pan American highway. At about Km. 155 you will see a bar called El Rancho de Pancho on your right hand. Estelí Cigarros is right next to it.