Guided tour

From Veracruz: San Juan de Ulua Prison Tour

Guided tour

From Veracruz: San Juan de Ulua Prison Tour

From US$ 25.19 per person

Discover The Fortress of San Juan de Ulúa has been a port, fortress, and prison, and has more than 500 years of history. Visit the building and learn about its fascinating legends with an expert guide

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Travel through time to this historical fort that was also a sacred temple
  • Explore the beautiful Port of Veracruz and learn about its history
  • Learn incredible facts about the most feared prison in Mexico
  • Enjoy views of the port of Veracruz from the San Juan de Ulúa fortress
Full description
Start the tour at 12:00 PM and set off for the fortress. When you arrive, begin the experience in a colorful tram ride, which will take you to San Juan de Ulúa. Upon arrival, a certified tour guide will be waiting for you to share the incredible facts of this fortress. From the first step you make in the fortress, you will feel as if you travel through time, as you begin to explore this incredible building which hides more than 500 years of history. Find out how, at first, the place was a sacred temple where the natives venerated their gods prior to the Spanish conquest. Years later, the Spanish conquistadors built the fort and a pier, galleons that came from Europe, becoming a gateway to Mexico. Later, it became the most feared prison in Mexico, where the legends of Chucho "El Roto" and "Mulata de Córdoba" were created. Before the tour ends, see the port of Veracruz from the San Juan de Ulúa fortress and take incredible photos, so that you can take great memories of this historic place home with you. Take the tram back at around 2:30 PM. The tour ends at 3:00 PM in Aquarium Plaza.
  • Tour guide
  • Transportation
  • Tickets
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The meeting point is in from of Plaza Acuario where you can see a big red tramway, Blvd. Manuel Ávila Camacho, Ricardo Flores Magón, 91700 Veracruz, Ver., México

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Food and drinks
  • Swimwear
  • Drinks
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  •  This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • You will walk for 1.5-hours with the guide
  •  If the case that you have a student ID card you need to show it in the entrance of the fort

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