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Old San Juan Best Kept Secrets Tour

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Experience hosted by Andy

2 hoursHosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

- We will be exploring the 500 year old walled city of Old San Juan, discovering secret corners and little-known spots full of charm and steeped in history, that remain unnoticed to the casual visitor. We will walk through Old San Juan’s blue cobblestoned streets, accompanied by a knowledgeable local architect, learning about how the city was built in this rocky island jutting out to the sea, observing the urban layout, constructive methods and architectural details of the Spanish colonial buildings and defensive structures. In this 2 hour stroll you'll experience historical architecture with an insider, not just as a tourist, since we will be visiting private residences, convents and places with limited access. You'll have a chance to peer into underground cisterns, wonder at frescoed chapels, climb rooftops to explore hidden towers, and basque in secluded Spanish patios.
Other things to note
Tour leaves SHARP at departure time. Please allow extra time to find parking and meeting location. Participants need to check in 10 m before tour starting time. If you are interested in tour dates not in the calendar, please inquire about availability.
- We will be exploring the 500 year old walled city of Old San Juan, discovering secret corners and little-known spots full of charm and steeped in history, that remain unnoticed to the casual visitor. We will walk through Old San Juan’s blue cobblestoned streets, accompanied by a knowledgeable local architect, learning about how the city was built in this rocky island jutting out to the sea, observing the urban layout, constructive methods an…

Meet your host, Andy

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Through my work as an architect, I've come to appreciate the fine classical tradition in many of Puerto Rico’s historic buildings, in the layout of its towns, and the clever design of its old homes. The quality and rich detail of our small island’s historic architecture, which spans across 500 years of history is impressive. Concerned by how little known our architectural heritage is to outside visitors and even to the locals, in 2011, I founded a nonprofit, volunteer-based institution focused on educating the public about Puerto Rico’s spectacular historical environment.
Through my work as an architect, I've come to appreciate the fine classical tradition in many of Puerto Rico’s historic buildings, in the layout of its towns, and the clever design of its old homes. The quality and rich detail of our small island’s historic architecture, which spans across 500 years of history is impressive. Concerned by how little known our architectural heritage is to outside visitors and even to the locals, in 2011, I founded a nonprofit, volunteer-based institution focused o…
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/ person
Mon, 26 Apr
$35 per person
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This time is popular
$35 per person
Wed, 28 Apr
$35 per person
$35 per person
Thu, 29 Apr
$35 per person
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join 4 other guests
$35 per person

About the organisation: Puerto Rico Historic Buildings Drawing Society



Puerto Rico Historic Building Drawings Society—PRHBDS—is a private Puerto Rico-based nonprofit organization founded in 2011, with the mission of educating the public about Puerto Rico's history and architectural heritage, and creating awareness of the need for its preservation. Our digital collection of 5000 documents, measured drawings, historic images, and maps are available free of charge.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Puerto Rico Historic Buildings Drawing Society.

Where you'll be

We will be in historic Old San Juan, a walled city located in an islet in San Juan Bay, exploring 5 to 7 historic structures, including centuries old churches, private residences, and rooftops, among other best kept secrets of the oldest city under the American flag. You will go beyond the usual touristy experience, hand in hand with a local architect, experiencing the spectacular historic architecture of this world- heritage site.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 1762 reviews.

John
April 2021
This was a great way to learn about Old San Juan. Andy provide a wealth of information. We wished we even had more time with him to explore and learn! We would highly recommend the tour to others.
Joseph
April 2021
Andy is a great tour guide; he is very knowledgeable about architecture and goes at a good pace so you don’t feel like you’re out of breath even when wearing a mask.
Dorothy
April 2021
This tour is a must do when visiting Puerto Rico. Andy was informative and funny. And his concern and love for Puerto Rico was evident in his every word. We explored old San Juan and learned the architectural explanations for the look of Old San Juan. My recommendation- do the tour with Andy. You’ll love Puerto Rico afterwards.
This tour is a must do when visiting Puerto Rico. Andy was informative and funny. And his concern and love for Puerto Rico was evident in his every word. We explored old San Juan…
Elena
April 2021
Andy is incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant. His tour was captivating and insightful— highly recommend! If you are looking to dive beneath the surface of Old San Juan, this tour is a MUST. Thank you so much, Andy!
Saonjie
April 2021
I have been to Puerto Rico several times but this was the first time that I was able to have a historical tour about Old San Juan. The tour was very informative and and Andy is very knowledgeable about the history of Puerto Rico. You can tell that he loves his island and loves what he does. This is an architectural tour so please keep that in mind.
I have been to Puerto Rico several times but this was the first time that I was able to have a historical tour about Old San Juan. The tour was very informative and and Andy is ver…
Melissa
April 2021
Andy was a knowledgeable tour guide. His architecture, and history facts were so informative. I also appreciated tips on where to eat, get coffee, etc. Highly recommend!

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  • Mon, 26 Apr
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    This time is popular
    $35 per person
  • Wed, 28 Apr
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    $35 per person
  • Thu, 29 Apr
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 4 other guests
    $35 per person
  • Fri, 30 Apr
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $35 per person
  • Sat, 1 May
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 4 other guests
    $35 per person
  • Mon, 3 May
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 4 other guests
    $35 per person
  • Tue, 4 May
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 4 other guests
    $35 per person
  • Wed, 5 May
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 5 other guests
    $35 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

We suggest guests bring Water, sturdy walking shoes, sunblock, hats, shades, an umbrella.