Santa Rosa de Copán was chosen in 1765 as the headquarters of the Royal Tobacco Factory and the golden weed continues to play a role in the local economy. The Flor de Copán Cigar Company maintains offices in the town centre – in the original Royal Tobacco building on Calle Real Centenario – but their factory is 2km northwest of the town centre, about 300m after turning right out of the bus station. Around thirty thousand hand-rolled cigars are produced daily, and tours in Spanish and English are available, but you’ll need to book with the tourist office a day ahead.

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