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Old San Juan's Colonial Heritage

During the tour, we will explore the colonial quarters
of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, founded by the Spanish
conquistadors in 1521. 

Old San Juan is not only the oldest city in the United States but one
of the two oldest European cities in Latin America. Old San Juan
has preserved its historical identity and architectural integrity. 
 
See the historical allure of this city through the eyes of Sir Francis -
Drake, whose attempt to wrestle San Juan from the Spanish crown cost
him dearly, as you visit fine examples of the military architecture of
those times.
 
Today’s urban legends, modern folklore, and a lively discussion of
Puerto Rico’s ambiguous political status will help you connect past with
presents and emerge from the tour with a new understanding of this
unique Caribbean island and its people. 
 

per adult from

$85

AUD

Duration

2 hours

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • $1 donation per person to this month's charity: Boy Scouts Council, Puerto Rico Chapter
    • $5/pp donation to Church's restoration & Social Service Programs
    • Coffee and/or Tea - Complimentary Drink
    • Entry/Admission - Museo del Mar
    • Entry/Admission - Cuartel de Ballaja
    What's excluded :
    • Private transportation
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Plaza de Colon, Calle Fortaleza, San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico

    Plaza Colón is an emblematic plaza in San Juan, located at the vehicular entrance of the historic city. It is surrounded by shops and restaurants in centuries-old buildings.

    Stop At: Museo del Mar, 360 Calle de San Francisco, San Juan 00901-1719 Puerto Rico

    Sneak peek of the Maritime Museum, a private collection that showcases historic, military and economic aspects of Old San Juan since the Colonial Times. Prepare for some trivia!

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza de la Barandilla, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico

    Our time at the Plaza de la Barandilla includes little-known facts about its commercial, military and religious story since the Colonial Times, plus: a stroll through the Plaza dedicated to the memory of Salvador Brau, the first recognized historian of Puerto Rico and a visit to the San Francisco Church (built in 1756) and its open crypt. Here, your host will share briefly about the church origins as well as the distinguished military, educators, and artists that rest there.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Calle Sol, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Experience original cobblestone streets and admire the Colonial Architecture on this residential area, including the patio of an award-winning building.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, 151 Calle Del Santo Cristo, San Juan 00901-1521 Puerto Rico

    Visit San Juan Cathedral (built in 1521), the second oldest Cathedral in the Americas. You will hear some fascinating stories regarding its architecture, religious art, and relics.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: La Puerta de San Juan, Cll Caleta De San Juan, San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico

    One of the most photographed landmarks of the Walled City is the San Juan Gates. We will admire the view to the bay as we imagine how many people have walked through its thick walls....

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Plaza de Armas, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico

    Plaza de Armas is our ending point. It’s one of the liveliest squares in Old San Juan, also known for its Four Seasons Fountain. Your host will give you pointers for you to choose your next activity: get a bite to eat, shop, or head to the nearest scenic view!

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Cuartel de Ballaja, Calle Norzagaray Corner Calle del Morro, San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico

    Located in front of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the Cuartel de Ballajá was built from 1854 to 1864 in order to house the Spanish and Puerto Rican regiments in Old San Juan. After the 1898 invasion by the US Army, the US infantry occupied the Cuartel de Ballajá until 1936. During the Second World War, this structure became a hospital, and in 1976 the Puerto Rican government bought the building

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Señor Frog's, 102 Calle Marina, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    Return Detail :
    Plaza de Armas, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by KERC Experiences

Activity ID: V-203528P1

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