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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
"9am - Meet guide in front of Senor Frogs 102 Calle Marina San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico First visit La Fortaleza (Governors house) The gate of San Juan
From $65.00
 
Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour
"There is a magical feeling to the area of Old San Juan and your first thought may be that you are not in the United States. There seems to be nothing that looks as old or has the history on the mainland as you will see in Old San Juan. Founded in 1521 this part of the city of San Juan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a US Historic Zone. Your walk begins at the water's edge and follows the city wall where the view is spectacular and the past comes alive. There are over 400 well-preserved buildings in the old city that date back to its inception. The architecture is incredible and you will feel as if you are in Europe with cobblestone streets and buildings sitting side by side. Most of the old city will remind you of its history as a military stronghold but much of this area has now been modified to house attractions for tourism. Cafes small shops great gardens and courtyards abound. The former barracks now house the Museo de Las Americas and has a collection of Latin American Folk Art. Some of the religious structures spread throughout the area such as the San Juan Cathedral seem to be both Gothi San Juan Cathedral and many more historical places. And you will learn where to find other points of interest that you can return to and explore in greater detail.Some sights you'll see include San Juan Gate
From $66.00
 
San Juan Historic Tour: Fort San Cristobal and Ruin of Caparra
"After being picked up at you Hotel you will be introduced to the rest of the group this will help you feel like a family. First we will go to the Ruin of Caparra located just south of San Juan. This place were the first city was established in the north of Puerto Rico by Our First Spanish Governor Ponce de Leon. You'll spend approximately 35 minutes here.Next is Isla de Cabra from here we will show the the west side of the Cityand you can take the best photos of the Fort El Morro from here. After visit the New San Juan and last the Fort San Cristobal
From $70.00

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"Adoquines"

Favorite thing Since I was a child I had always wondered about these "blue brick streets" and while on my last visit to Old San Juan I asked my mom. Mom told me that the cobble stoned streets in Old San Juan are paved with these beautiful blue stones called adoquines. They are blue stone cast from furnace slag which were brought over on Spanish ships as ballasts. The characteristic blue color comes from age and moisture.

Becuase of their age, the Adoquines you will see around Old San Juan are cracked, faded and worn down due to high automobile traffic and foot traffic. What a shame as these streets are part of a long Puerto Rican Heritage and they should be preserved by the closure of streets to automobile traffic.

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Old San Juan

Sandwiched between La Perla Barrio and San Cristobal this cemetery is considered one of the most picturesque of burial grounds anywhere. The cemetery is particularly noteworthy for its elaborate...
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Alcaldia - City Hall

The City hall sits on the Plaza de Armas next to Puerto Rico's version of the state department. The Alcalde dates from the 17th century with it taking its current shape in 1789. Numerous other...
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La Fortaleza

This is the Governor's Palace and is also known as the La Fortaleza. it was built in 1533 and is the oldest executive mansion in the world. It still serves as the governor's residence today. It sits...
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Plaza De Armas

The Plaza de Armas is one of Old San Juan's main plazas or squares where people gather or relax in during various times of the day. The "Topuertorico.org" website states that "It was carefully planned...
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Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral, or formally the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, is the final resting place of Ponce De Leon. admission is $1. The original cathedral was built in 1521, the current structure...
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Capilla Del Cristo

This old church was built centuries ago. The legend behind it is that a young man on horseback plunged over the cliff that this church is located on. During his descent he prayed to one of the...
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