Old San Juan Best Kept Secrets Tour

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Experience hosted by Andy

2 hours, Hosted 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

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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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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 2,119 reviews.

Brittan
September 2021
Andy is amazing! Very thoughtful and thorough in his story telling! Provides amazing recommendations for the rest of your stay and is genuinely in love with Old San Juan! It made for a delightful stroll, learning about the city and how it came to be!
Sasha
September 2021
Excellent if short tour of San Juan Viejo. The host clearly has extensive knowledge about the architectural history of the city. Great tour which is a sprint of the old city and leaves you desiring the marathon!!
Ashleigh
September 2021
Amazing! I love walking tours because you learn all sorts of fun facts and unique things as they are mostly done by a local. Andy was fantastic and I would do it again ☺️
Suyapa
September 2021
Thanks Andy for helping me to know San Juan in a different light! through your eyes, I love San Juan more...your passion for your city, your country and your guest shows and was the highlight of the tour! please consider a tour for Spanish speakers..
Kiki
September 2021
Andy is super knowledgeable. I love the fact that he is an architect himself, which adds a lot more story into the tour.
Amanda
September 2021
A must do! I learned a lot about the history of the buildings of Old San Juan. It wasn't so long of a tour that my feet were killing me and there were plenty of stops. I definitely look at the city different way.

Choose from available dates

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  • Thu, 23 Sept
    13:30 - 15:30
    £19 per person
  • Fri, 24 Sept
    10:00 - 12:00
    This time is popular
    £19 per person
  • Sun, 26 Sept
    13:30 - 15:30
    This time is popular
    £19 per person
  • Mon, 27 Sept
    10:00 - 12:00
    Join 2 other guests
    £19 per person
  • Tue, 28 Sept
    10:00 - 12:00
    £19 per person
  • Wed, 29 Sept
    10:00 - 12:00
    Join 3 other guests
    £19 per person
  • Thu, 30 Sept
    10:00 - 12:00
    £19 per person
  • Fri, 1 Oct
    10:00 - 12:00
    Join 1 other guest
    £19 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.