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Humo Jaguar International Tobacco Festival

The ancient Maya used tobacco to invoke their gods and communicate with the spirit world.  Cigar smokers today do not simply smoke cigars – they experience sensations and enjoy the flavors of the earth in what could easily be described as a spiritual connection with the planet.

From February 15-17, cigar connoisseurs and novice smokers alike will have the opportunity to taste some of the best cigars in the world at the Humo Jaguar International Tobacco Festival, organized by the Honduran Association of Tobacco Growers and Cigar Makers (APROTABACOH) and FIDE, Investment and Exports.
 
A trip to the festival is also the perfect opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the country, which is home to cloud forests and the second largest coral reef in the world. You’ll also find a wealth of colonial sites such as Comayagua, the former capital of Honduras, whose beautiful cathedral is home to the oldest clock in the Americas. And, of course, you’ll want to explore Honduras’ pre-Columbian heritage as well, with its magnificent Mayan ruins.
 
The event will be held in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and also in Danli, a town located just an hour and a half east of the capital, home to one of the largest cigar producers in the region and some of the most prestigious cigar brands known worldwide.
 
There will also be a special side trip available to the Department of Copan in western Honduras, another key region for tobacco production in Honduras and home to the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copan, proclaimed a Heritage for Humanity site by the United Nations and famous for its tobacco for more than 1,300 years.
 
Tobacco and the ancient Maya were so interlinked, in fact, that numerous historians today believe that the word cigar is rooted in the Mayan word siyar, which means tobacco, or the Mayan term cikar, which means to smoke.
The festival is calle
d Humo Jaguar in honor of the 20th ruler of Copan, who reigned over the city for 67 years. Archaeologists know that he died at age 80. Even though he became king at the young age of 13, it was under his rule, and that of his son 18 Rabbit, that Copan enjoyed its golden age of cultural and economic prosperity (625 to 735 A.D.)
 
The Humo Jaguar Festival will feature tastes from the 2011 collections of the most prestigious cigar brands in Honduras, including Rocky Patel, Camacho, Flor de Selva, Flor de Copán, Don Tomas, Alec Bradley, Puros Indios, Casa Fernández and Defiance by Xikar.
 
The Humo Jaguar Festival program will also include conferences, guided tours of the country’s top tobacco farms and cigar manufacturers, as well as concerts and presentations by the best musicians and singers in Honduras.
 
Interested participants can also explore opportunities for investment in Honduras, which, located in the heart of the Americas, is the perfect place to do business in Central America as well as in the United States, the primary global market for cigars.
 
FIDE can provide specialized studies and lengthy contact lists for anyone interested in exploring investment opportunities in the areas of tourism, light manufacturing, contact centers and agri-business, which, of course, includes everything related to the production and distribution of cigars in cooperation with APROTABACOH.
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