Old San Juan Walking Tour
Explore the allure of the Old City: Culture, History, Rum and Gastronomy in Old San Juan. Join our resident expert on the Old San Juan for a four-hour experience through the colonial city’s cobblestone streets.
The stroll includes:
-Visit favorite places of the sanjuaneros and unique architectural spaces away from the beaten path
-Rum tasting experience
During the tour, we will explore the colonial quarters of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, founded by the Spanish conquistadors in 1521. Therefore, this is the oldest city in the United States and one of the two oldest European cities in Latin America. Old San Juan has preserved its historical identity and architectural integrity thanks to the activism of the local cultural luminaries who managed to have new construction banned. They also ensured that any restoration works, including those in private houses, could be done only with the permission of the Institute of Culture.
See the geopolitical allure of the island through the eyes of Columbus, Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir George Clifford, Spanish kings, and American Presidents. Among multiple historical attractions – Fort San Felipe del Morro, Fort San Cristóbal, La Саtedral de San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico, where Juan Ponce de Leon, the first Puerto Rican Governor is buried, as well as La Fortaleza – the oldest executive mansion still in use in the New World.
Today’s urban legends, modern folklore, and a lively discussion of Puerto Rico’s ambiguous political status will help you connect the past with the present and emerge from the tour with a new understanding of this unique Caribbean island and its people.
San Juan is known as the rum capital of the world as the best-selling rum, Bacardi, is produced here. Our rum tasting will focus on local boutique rum production. The ultimate goal is to discover your own taste for rum, followed by our tour guide’s dining recommendations.