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  • Location:San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Discover the atmospheric streets, amazing architecture and intriguing history of one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in the world on this half-day Old San Juan tour. During your 5-hour visit, you’ll view the amazing art and artifacts of the Museo de las Américas, get a chance to explore the 500-year-old San Cristobal Fort and experience the architectural landmarks that give this storied neighborhood its unique charm. Your sightseeing tour also includes all entrance fees, professional guide and round-trip transportation from select hotels in San Juan.


  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Museo de las Américas and Old San Juan
  • Visit Museo de las Américas and learn about Puerto Rican history and culture
  • Amble along cobblestone streets and admire the colonial architecture of Old San Juan
  • Tour San Cristobal Fort and capture views of El Morro Fort
  • Pass by the Capitol Building, Casa de España and the City Wall
  • Pickup and drop-off from select San Juan hotels included

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What You Can Expect

Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Visit Castillo de San Cristóbal

Experience the rich colonial heritage of Old San Juan, a city unrivaled in the Western Hemisphere with over 500-years of architecture and history, on this half-day sightseeing tour. Spend a few hours wandering the scenic cobblestone streets, fascinating museums and Spanish-built forts of this one-of-a-kind neighborhood, part of which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Start your day with a pickup from select hotels, crossing a bridge to enter into Old San Juan. The neighborhood, which was founded in 1513 and is the second-oldest city in the Americas, features a wealth of colonial buildings. Take a look at the white marble-covered Capitol Building and admire the elegant Casa de España, bedecked in colorful tiles inspired by Moorish architecture.

Continue on through Old San Juan’s narrow cobblestone streets, pausing to note the imposing walls that surround the old colonial city, also known as “La Muralla.” This protective barrier, which is up to 20 feet (6m) thick and 60 feet (18m) tall in places, shielded this once-tiny settlement from enemies.

Next, proceed with your guide to Cuartel de Ballajá, a 19th century military barracks situated around a central courtyard. Take in the building’s impressive architecture before heading upstairs to the Museo de las Américas on the second floor. The museum’s exhibits provide an overview of the artistic and anthropological history of Puerto Rico and the Americas, including collections covering traditional folk art, the island’s African heritage and an overview of American indigenous tribes like the Taíno.

The tour moves on for a 30-minute visit at San Cristobal Fort. This massive military complex, the largest Spanish military complex in the Americas, was constructed in 1785. Enjoy sweeping views of San Juan Bay and the nearby El Morro Fort and listen to details about the fort’s history and clever design from your guide. Finish your day with a half-hour to 45 minutes for shopping before a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Edward O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

My husband and I both enjoyed the tour. It was very interesting and our guide, Robert, did a wonderful job of bringing some of the historical events to life.

Marline M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative our guide Robert was very knowledgeable. I love it. It's worth the money

Jorge H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Nice tour and quite pleasant trip with the tour guide. Highly recommended

Srinivasan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My family had a wonderful time on the tour. Our tour guide robert was very informative and friendly.

Beverly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was just as described. The guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. When he saw me on a different tour the next day just passing by he remembered me and said, Hola! Now, that is friendly service!

Marilyn D K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was so informative and funny. He also gave very clear instructions about where and when to meet when he dropped us off.

Selby S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful and informative tour. Very friendly tour guide John knows his business and answered our many questions. El Morro and the Museum of the Americans were simply breath taking. We enjoyed our walk through Old San Juan and stops for shopping. Just enough time to see what we wanted.

Stephanie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. We visited many great locations for a good overview of the history of San Juan!

Carl N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Out tour guide Robert was unbelievably knowledgeable about everything pertaining to Old San Juan. We ate at an amazing restaurant afterwards the Café Puerto Rico and had traditional cuisine. We were traveling with our 18 and 20 year old sons who loved it.We would do this again!

Aselin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was awesome!! Roberto is a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide. He knew how to tell the history in a fun and entertaining way. Old San Juan is beautiful! If you really want to see everything in Old San Juan and learn something - go on this tour!

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