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Plaza de Armas, San Juan

Plaza de Armas, San Juan: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

1. 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: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

2. 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.

San Juan: Craft Cocktail Walking Tour with 3 Cocktails

3. San Juan: Craft Cocktail Walking Tour with 3 Cocktails

Join in for a night of drunken history on a craft cocktail tour through the streets of Old San Juan. Enjoy a crash course on 3 distinct eras in the drinking history of Puerto Rico, as you sip creative, rum-infused concoctions. Walk the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan as you make your way to the next watering hole. Rub elbows with fellow drink enthusiasts at historic, local spots and meet the owners, industry experts, and master mixologists at each location. Embark on a roving happy-hour adventure. By the end of the tour, know all the best watering holes in town and finish with plenty of time and insider information to continue the fun with a night on the town.

Puerto Rico: Old San Juan Guided Walking Tour

4. Puerto Rico: Old San Juan Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a historic walk into the top sights that Old San Juan has to offer. Experience San Juan from a local's perspective as your guide walks you through the most notable landmarks. Marvel at the colorful Spanish colonial architecture dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. See beautiful historical buildings such as the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, one of the oldest buildings in San Juan. Visit the 16th century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses that are rising above the ocean, and then stroll along the Paseo de la Princesa, taking in the stunning views of the bay. Learn about the importance of Christopher Columbus for Puerto Rico, find out what was San Juan's original name, and hear about the Spanish-American post-war history. Then together with your local guide find out what’s inside San Juan’s San Felipe del Morro citadel.

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What people are saying about Plaza de Armas, San Juan

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 195 reviews

Wonderful experience to have a knowledgeable guide lead us on a relaxing sunset tour of Viejo San Juan. Provided clear and easy links prior to the tour to lead us right to the parking garage and to the meet up spot. Our guide Jorge was enthusiastic and polite and made sure everyone was comfortable and had a great time. We were able to get some outstanding pictures and restaurant recommendations. I highly recommend this tour it was not our first time in the city and we learned so much more this trip and enjoyed what we were seeing far more with Jorge leading the way.

It was a unique and very pleasant experience. Patria Tours has professional and highly trained guides such as Mr. Antonio. I will definitely use your services again for more tours.

This was a fantastic tour. We learned so much about the city and enjoyed some amazing views along the way. The tour guide was also great with the kids!

Nice historic walking tour of old San Juan. Afterwards I felt comfortable enough to go back and explore the eateries and pubs.

Excellent tour. Jorge was very knowledgeable and a pleasant guide.