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San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza Colón in San Juan and set off into the sunset on this 2-hour walking tour. The plazas are the perfect location to learn about the colonial history of Puerto Rico from your guide. From Plaza Colón, you will walk and see the Plaza de la Barandilla and Plaza de Armas. In Old San Juan, visit one of its most spectacular historic buildings: Antiguo Palacio de la Intendencia, originally built to house the treasury of the island and now the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Witness the 18th-century chapel at Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud and learn all about its urban legend. Visit also La Fortaleza-Palacio de Santa Catalina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour also takes you past San Juan Cathedral, the Ballaja Barracks, Catedral Basilica Menor, Cuartel de Ballaja, and San Juan's most valuable historic site, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, before ending at Plaza de San José.

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

Enjoy a guided history walking tour suitable for all ages to some of Old San Juan's most notable landmarks. Learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, its ties to the United States, and its rich Spanish, Taino Indian, and West African Heritage. Begin your exploration of Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a stop outside La Casa Estrecha, one of the narrowest houses in the Western hemisphere. Then, enter La Catedral de San Juan Bautista which is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building. Discover some parts of some of the city’s impressive defensive system, namely its historic walls, the only remaining entrance door at La Puerta de San Juan, and Fortaleza. Gain a greater understanding of Puerto Rican history with your knowledgeable local guide.

San Juan: Old Town Walking Tour and El Morro Fort Entry

San Juan: Old Town Walking Tour and El Morro Fort Entry

Make the most of your visit to San Juan with a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town area. Get comprehensive insight into Puerto Rican culture and history, guided by a local expert, and visit the ancient Fort Morro in the heart of the neighborhood. Join your guide in Plaza Darsenas and set off on your walking tour through the storied cobblestone streets of the Old Town of San Juan. Admire the colorful traditional homes of the oldest part of the city. Admire notable landmarks including the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, La Fortaleza, and the San Juan Gate, as well as several other iconic sites. Learn about the fascinating colonial history of the area and its contemporary character with the expert insight of your local guide. Finally, enter Fort Morro, the most visited destination in Puerto Rico. Learn about the fascinating naval history of the fort and its strategic importance as you gaze out over the ocean.

San Juan: Ghosts and Spooky History Walking Tour

San Juan: Ghosts and Spooky History Walking Tour

On this Walking tour of San Juan, discover the mystery disappearance of Jose Maldonado Torres who was lost in the infamous Bermuda Triangle, which stretches from Miami to the island of Bermuda in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan has much more than UFOs! From pirate ghosts to the spirits of broken-hearted Spanish soldiers to the tales of the Chupacabra and the Vampire of Moca, the Isle of Enchantment is full of amazing ghost stories and supernatural tales. Discover the unique haunted heritage of beautiful old San Juan, Puerto Rico with real ghost stories, local folklore, and recent reports of paranormal activity. As the third oldest European established city in the New World, San Juan’s deep and rich history awaits. This history, however, is not for the faint of heart! Deep in old San Juan, lay stories of greed, murder, and star-crossed lovers. Was Ponce de Leon really searching for the fountain of youth? Did he really haunt the island after his death, or was it a Taino chief wearing his armor? Does the Catedral de San Juan Bautista really have bone fragments of John the Baptist? These questions and more will be explored on this ghost tour of old San Juan! Places you will see on our walk: El Convento Hotel Castillo San Cristobal Cathedral of San Juan Bautista Colombus Plaza Teatro Tapia Puerto Rico Tourism Company Raices Fountain Capilla del Danto Cristo de la Salud La Fortaleza Casa Blanca Museo de Las Americas Castillo San Felipe del Marro Cemetario Santo Maria Magdalena de Pazzi

San Juan: Old San Juan Walking Tour

San Juan: Old San Juan Walking Tour

Step back in time and learn about Old San Juan from your guide who will cover centuries of Puerto Rican history and culture. Discover many of the highlights of one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere as you make your way through Old San Juan. Start your tour at Plaza Colon and learn about the centuries-long history of this city from your guide. Discover the city's well-preserved architecture dating back to its founding and hear war stories of how a small island beat back empires. Explore city highlights, like El Morro Fort, San Juan Bautista Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, Paseo de la Princesa, San Juan Gate, and more. Enjoy photo and water breaks along the way to make sure the tour is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

San Juan: App-Based Audio Guide

San Juan: App-Based Audio Guide

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. See the best of what San Juan has to offer with this app-based audio guide. Visit popular spots like the Teatro Alejandro Tapia y Rivera and the Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Stroll around the city and immerse yourself in its history as you listen to interesting stories via the app. Next, head to the colorful La Corazon Steps, and admire the painted red heart. Stop by the Teatro Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, one of the oldest drama theaters in the US. Listen to your audio guide tell tale about the theater's haunted past. Stroll to the Plaza Colon, with its towering statue of Columbus. Hear how Columbus claimed the island and how San Juan got its name. Take in the majestic Castillo San Cristobal. Unearth the story behind its construction and hear about the vast riches that brought so many colonizers to the island. Next, pay the colorful and historic La Perla seaside neighborhood a visit. You might recognize it as the music video filming location for the hit song 'Despacito'. Get to know Sir Francis Drake and revisit his fight to seize the island from Spain. Hear about the Second Battle of San Juan and find out why it was such a short-lived win for the English. Uncover subsequent Dutch efforts to take power. Learn how they torched the city and how the Spanish fought to prevent this defeat from repeating. Continue walking, and behold ancient walls and gunpowder magazines, then finally the awe-inspiring Castillo San Felipe del Morro itself. Hear about Puerto Rico’s struggles for independence and why the US got involved. Take in the breathtaking ocean views and give yourself a little respite. Pay a visit to the Cuartel de Ballaja, which now houses the Museum of the Americas, then continue onto the Casa Blanca. Learn the story of the grandson who wrote one of Puerto Rico’s most critical historical texts. Find out how Ponce De Leon himself met a poisonous end. Walk to Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Batista, the final resting place of Ponce De Leon. Discover the resilient history of the oldest church in the Americas, enduring countless challenges throughout the centuries, including invasions by the Dutch and the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. As the journey winds down, stroll along lovely cobblestone streets to the Puerta San Juan, the only remaining gate from the old city. Finish your walk just past the famous La Fortaleza, a towering fortress dating back to the 1530s.

San Juan: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

San Juan: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

Take in the key sights of the Puerto Rican capital at your own pace on a self-guided walking tour. Listen as your audio guide shares the history of the city and its landmarks, including Castillo de San Cristóbal, Old San Juan, and La Fortaleza. Enjoy the freedom to stop when and where you want. Start your self-guided tour at Plaza Colón, where you will learn about the history of this beautiful square. Then, head off on an incredible journey through the old streets of the capital. See fantastic examples of architecture, such as the Castillo de San Cristóbal fortress and La Fortaleza. Then, take in religious landmarks, such as El Catedral de San Juan Bautista and Capilla de Cristo, as you continue your exploration of the Old San Juan Historic District of Puerto Rico. Discover the ruins of El Morro fort, San Juan's oldest residence La Casa Blanca, and La Plaza de Armas. Next, take in La Plazuela de la Rogativa. Admire the lovely views and bronze sculpture before heading to La Princesa. Keep your eyes peeled along the route for the blue cobblestones (adoquine) that pave the streets in the old part of the city. End your tour, feeling like you have gone back in time.

Old San Juan: Walking Tour with Shopping and Hotel Transfer

Old San Juan: Walking Tour with Shopping and Hotel Transfer

Start with pickup at your hotel and then enter Old San Juan for a walk. Discover the major landmarks, and stroll along Paseo de la Princesa, a promenade known for its Victorian lampposts. Pass through the original city gate and see the home of Ponce De Leon, one of the oldest houses in Puerto Rico. After this, check out San Marcos Castle. See San Felipe del Morro Castle, a coastal citadel that was built centuries ago. Also, follow your guide to see 2 cathedrals and La Fortaleza, which has been the governor's residence since the 16th century. Next, go to the shopping district. Shop for souvenirs in Calle Fortaleza, famous for its jewelry shops, restaurants, and cobblestone paving. Buy some food in an authentic Puerto Rican restaurant while you are here, and enjoy some local dishes. Finally, return to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Old San Juan: Walking Tour

Old San Juan: Walking Tour

NOTE: This 1.8-mile-long tour covers the essentials of San Juan in 1-1.5 hours. Embark on an enthralling tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a city brimming with history, culture, and vibrant colors. Your journey begins at the iconic La Corazon Steps, adorned with a vividly painted heart, symbolizing the city's pulsating energy. As you meander through the streets, you'll reach the Teatro Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, a historical gem and one of America's oldest theaters, rumored to be haunted by spirits of the past. Your path leads to the Plaza Colon, where a statue of Columbus stands tall, narrating tales of discovery and the origins of San Juan's name. The scenic walk takes a majestic turn at Castillo San Cristobal, where you'll learn about its strategic construction and the lure of untold riches that drew explorers to this island. A highlight is the vibrant La Perla neighborhood, nestled by the sea and famous for its appearance in the “Despacito” music video, a testament to the area's cultural significance. The tour delves into the historical confrontations that shaped San Juan, recounting Sir Francis Drake's failed attempt to conquer the island and the remarkable Spanish victory under General Sancho's leadership. You'll explore the brief triumph of the English in the Second Battle of San Juan and the fiery Dutch siege that nearly razed the city. As you stroll, the tour unveils stories of ancient walls, gunpowder magazines, and the imposing Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a fortress that has withstood numerous attacks, including those in Puerto Rico's quest for independence. Your walk brings you to the Cuartel de Ballaja, now the Museum of the Americas, and the Casa Blanca, originally intended for Ponce De Leon. Discover the intriguing history of his grandson and the tragic fate that befell Ponce De Leon himself. The journey takes a spiritual turn at the Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Batista, where Ponce De Leon rests, a church that has miraculously survived centuries of turmoil. Your tour concludes with a serene walk along cobblestone streets to the Puerta San Juan, a relic of the old city, leading to the grand finale at La Fortaleza, a fortress that has stood guard since the 1530s.

San Juan: Self-Guided Audio Tour of Historic Buildings

San Juan: Self-Guided Audio Tour of Historic Buildings

"Talking Buildings" is a first-person account of the historic buildings of Old San Juan. Created by the Saint John's School 6th grade Social Studies class of 2022, this self-guided audio walking tour will take you on a journey through time, from the 16th century to modern-day. If you'd like to donate to the San José Church, as mentioned in the route, please follow this link: iglesiasanjosepr.org The tour is ready whenever you are. Simply download it through the VoiceMap app while in a wifi zone to enjoy the tour with full offline accessibility.

Cathedral of San Juan Bautista: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza Colón in San Juan and set off into the sunset on this 2-hour walking tour. The plazas are the perfect location to learn about the colonial history of Puerto Rico from your guide. From Plaza Colón, you will walk and see the Plaza de la Barandilla and Plaza de Armas. In Old San Juan, visit one of its most spectacular historic buildings: Antiguo Palacio de la Intendencia, originally built to house the treasury of the island and now the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Witness the 18th-century chapel at Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud and learn all about its urban legend. Visit also La Fortaleza-Palacio de Santa Catalina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour also takes you past San Juan Cathedral, the Ballaja Barracks, Catedral Basilica Menor, Cuartel de Ballaja, and San Juan's most valuable historic site, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, before ending at Plaza de San José.

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

Enjoy a guided history walking tour suitable for all ages to some of Old San Juan's most notable landmarks. Learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, its ties to the United States, and its rich Spanish, Taino Indian, and West African Heritage. Begin your exploration of Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a stop outside La Casa Estrecha, one of the narrowest houses in the Western hemisphere. Then, enter La Catedral de San Juan Bautista which is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building. Discover some parts of some of the city’s impressive defensive system, namely its historic walls, the only remaining entrance door at La Puerta de San Juan, and Fortaleza. Gain a greater understanding of Puerto Rican history with your knowledgeable local guide.

San Juan: Old Town Walking Tour and El Morro Fort Entry

San Juan: Old Town Walking Tour and El Morro Fort Entry

Make the most of your visit to San Juan with a guided walking tour of the historic Old Town area. Get comprehensive insight into Puerto Rican culture and history, guided by a local expert, and visit the ancient Fort Morro in the heart of the neighborhood. Join your guide in Plaza Darsenas and set off on your walking tour through the storied cobblestone streets of the Old Town of San Juan. Admire the colorful traditional homes of the oldest part of the city. Admire notable landmarks including the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, La Fortaleza, and the San Juan Gate, as well as several other iconic sites. Learn about the fascinating colonial history of the area and its contemporary character with the expert insight of your local guide. Finally, enter Fort Morro, the most visited destination in Puerto Rico. Learn about the fascinating naval history of the fort and its strategic importance as you gaze out over the ocean.

San Juan: Ghosts and Spooky History Walking Tour

San Juan: Ghosts and Spooky History Walking Tour

On this Walking tour of San Juan, discover the mystery disappearance of Jose Maldonado Torres who was lost in the infamous Bermuda Triangle, which stretches from Miami to the island of Bermuda in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan has much more than UFOs! From pirate ghosts to the spirits of broken-hearted Spanish soldiers to the tales of the Chupacabra and the Vampire of Moca, the Isle of Enchantment is full of amazing ghost stories and supernatural tales. Discover the unique haunted heritage of beautiful old San Juan, Puerto Rico with real ghost stories, local folklore, and recent reports of paranormal activity. As the third oldest European established city in the New World, San Juan’s deep and rich history awaits. This history, however, is not for the faint of heart! Deep in old San Juan, lay stories of greed, murder, and star-crossed lovers. Was Ponce de Leon really searching for the fountain of youth? Did he really haunt the island after his death, or was it a Taino chief wearing his armor? Does the Catedral de San Juan Bautista really have bone fragments of John the Baptist? These questions and more will be explored on this ghost tour of old San Juan! Places you will see on our walk: El Convento Hotel Castillo San Cristobal Cathedral of San Juan Bautista Colombus Plaza Teatro Tapia Puerto Rico Tourism Company Raices Fountain Capilla del Danto Cristo de la Salud La Fortaleza Casa Blanca Museo de Las Americas Castillo San Felipe del Marro Cemetario Santo Maria Magdalena de Pazzi

San Juan: Old San Juan Walking Tour

San Juan: Old San Juan Walking Tour

Step back in time and learn about Old San Juan from your guide who will cover centuries of Puerto Rican history and culture. Discover many of the highlights of one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere as you make your way through Old San Juan. Start your tour at Plaza Colon and learn about the centuries-long history of this city from your guide. Discover the city's well-preserved architecture dating back to its founding and hear war stories of how a small island beat back empires. Explore city highlights, like El Morro Fort, San Juan Bautista Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, Paseo de la Princesa, San Juan Gate, and more. Enjoy photo and water breaks along the way to make sure the tour is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

San Juan: App-Based Audio Guide

San Juan: App-Based Audio Guide

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. See the best of what San Juan has to offer with this app-based audio guide. Visit popular spots like the Teatro Alejandro Tapia y Rivera and the Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Stroll around the city and immerse yourself in its history as you listen to interesting stories via the app. Next, head to the colorful La Corazon Steps, and admire the painted red heart. Stop by the Teatro Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, one of the oldest drama theaters in the US. Listen to your audio guide tell tale about the theater's haunted past. Stroll to the Plaza Colon, with its towering statue of Columbus. Hear how Columbus claimed the island and how San Juan got its name. Take in the majestic Castillo San Cristobal. Unearth the story behind its construction and hear about the vast riches that brought so many colonizers to the island. Next, pay the colorful and historic La Perla seaside neighborhood a visit. You might recognize it as the music video filming location for the hit song 'Despacito'. Get to know Sir Francis Drake and revisit his fight to seize the island from Spain. Hear about the Second Battle of San Juan and find out why it was such a short-lived win for the English. Uncover subsequent Dutch efforts to take power. Learn how they torched the city and how the Spanish fought to prevent this defeat from repeating. Continue walking, and behold ancient walls and gunpowder magazines, then finally the awe-inspiring Castillo San Felipe del Morro itself. Hear about Puerto Rico’s struggles for independence and why the US got involved. Take in the breathtaking ocean views and give yourself a little respite. Pay a visit to the Cuartel de Ballaja, which now houses the Museum of the Americas, then continue onto the Casa Blanca. Learn the story of the grandson who wrote one of Puerto Rico’s most critical historical texts. Find out how Ponce De Leon himself met a poisonous end. Walk to Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Batista, the final resting place of Ponce De Leon. Discover the resilient history of the oldest church in the Americas, enduring countless challenges throughout the centuries, including invasions by the Dutch and the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. As the journey winds down, stroll along lovely cobblestone streets to the Puerta San Juan, the only remaining gate from the old city. Finish your walk just past the famous La Fortaleza, a towering fortress dating back to the 1530s.

San Juan: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

San Juan: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

Take in the key sights of the Puerto Rican capital at your own pace on a self-guided walking tour. Listen as your audio guide shares the history of the city and its landmarks, including Castillo de San Cristóbal, Old San Juan, and La Fortaleza. Enjoy the freedom to stop when and where you want. Start your self-guided tour at Plaza Colón, where you will learn about the history of this beautiful square. Then, head off on an incredible journey through the old streets of the capital. See fantastic examples of architecture, such as the Castillo de San Cristóbal fortress and La Fortaleza. Then, take in religious landmarks, such as El Catedral de San Juan Bautista and Capilla de Cristo, as you continue your exploration of the Old San Juan Historic District of Puerto Rico. Discover the ruins of El Morro fort, San Juan's oldest residence La Casa Blanca, and La Plaza de Armas. Next, take in La Plazuela de la Rogativa. Admire the lovely views and bronze sculpture before heading to La Princesa. Keep your eyes peeled along the route for the blue cobblestones (adoquine) that pave the streets in the old part of the city. End your tour, feeling like you have gone back in time.

Old San Juan: Walking Tour with Shopping and Hotel Transfer

Old San Juan: Walking Tour with Shopping and Hotel Transfer

Start with pickup at your hotel and then enter Old San Juan for a walk. Discover the major landmarks, and stroll along Paseo de la Princesa, a promenade known for its Victorian lampposts. Pass through the original city gate and see the home of Ponce De Leon, one of the oldest houses in Puerto Rico. After this, check out San Marcos Castle. See San Felipe del Morro Castle, a coastal citadel that was built centuries ago. Also, follow your guide to see 2 cathedrals and La Fortaleza, which has been the governor's residence since the 16th century. Next, go to the shopping district. Shop for souvenirs in Calle Fortaleza, famous for its jewelry shops, restaurants, and cobblestone paving. Buy some food in an authentic Puerto Rican restaurant while you are here, and enjoy some local dishes. Finally, return to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Old San Juan: Walking Tour

Old San Juan: Walking Tour

NOTE: This 1.8-mile-long tour covers the essentials of San Juan in 1-1.5 hours. Embark on an enthralling tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico, a city brimming with history, culture, and vibrant colors. Your journey begins at the iconic La Corazon Steps, adorned with a vividly painted heart, symbolizing the city's pulsating energy. As you meander through the streets, you'll reach the Teatro Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, a historical gem and one of America's oldest theaters, rumored to be haunted by spirits of the past. Your path leads to the Plaza Colon, where a statue of Columbus stands tall, narrating tales of discovery and the origins of San Juan's name. The scenic walk takes a majestic turn at Castillo San Cristobal, where you'll learn about its strategic construction and the lure of untold riches that drew explorers to this island. A highlight is the vibrant La Perla neighborhood, nestled by the sea and famous for its appearance in the “Despacito” music video, a testament to the area's cultural significance. The tour delves into the historical confrontations that shaped San Juan, recounting Sir Francis Drake's failed attempt to conquer the island and the remarkable Spanish victory under General Sancho's leadership. You'll explore the brief triumph of the English in the Second Battle of San Juan and the fiery Dutch siege that nearly razed the city. As you stroll, the tour unveils stories of ancient walls, gunpowder magazines, and the imposing Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a fortress that has withstood numerous attacks, including those in Puerto Rico's quest for independence. Your walk brings you to the Cuartel de Ballaja, now the Museum of the Americas, and the Casa Blanca, originally intended for Ponce De Leon. Discover the intriguing history of his grandson and the tragic fate that befell Ponce De Leon himself. The journey takes a spiritual turn at the Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Batista, where Ponce De Leon rests, a church that has miraculously survived centuries of turmoil. Your tour concludes with a serene walk along cobblestone streets to the Puerta San Juan, a relic of the old city, leading to the grand finale at La Fortaleza, a fortress that has stood guard since the 1530s.

San Juan: Self-Guided Audio Tour of Historic Buildings

San Juan: Self-Guided Audio Tour of Historic Buildings

"Talking Buildings" is a first-person account of the historic buildings of Old San Juan. Created by the Saint John's School 6th grade Social Studies class of 2022, this self-guided audio walking tour will take you on a journey through time, from the 16th century to modern-day. If you'd like to donate to the San José Church, as mentioned in the route, please follow this link: iglesiasanjosepr.org The tour is ready whenever you are. Simply download it through the VoiceMap app while in a wifi zone to enjoy the tour with full offline accessibility.

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Our tour guide Melanie was amazing she was super funny and very knowledgeable. It was beautiful learning the history of old San Juan and its people absolutely worth the walk and the sunset was absolutely gorgeous!! 🌅

Jorge was passionate about the history of the town and he was very knowledgeable. My family and I were very pleased with the tour. Jorge is kid and senior friendly.

Our tour was amazing and our guide was the best!!! Nahiomy is so knowledgeable about things!!

Antonio was great! Very detailed and answered all my questions. Highly recommend

Antonio was extremely knowledgeable and a great tour guide.