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San Juan de Ulúa Fortress Tours and Activities

San Juan de Ulúa Fortress
San Juan de Ulua is a maze of historic fortresses and prison cells on a shadowy island overlooking the once-busy port of Veracruz. Constructed in 1956, the fort is home to a dark history that includes captured naval fleets, African slave trade and international treasure. 

During the nineteenth century the imposing stone walls and deep dungeons of San Juan de Ulua served as a prison for Mexican political activists. The views from the old lookout tower make it a popular attraction, but a hidden chapel on the southwest side of the structure, massive treasure storage rooms and the dungeon of San Juan de Ulua, which housed the legendary bandit Chucho el Roto, are also worth a look.

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The fortress is located at Pedro Saenz de Baranda S/N, in Ver Centro1, within walking distance of Arsenal Nacional. Admission is about 41 pesos per person and hour-long guided tours cost 300 pesos. The fortress is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 
Address: Pedro Saenz de Baranda S/N, Ver Centro1, Veracruz 91700, Mexico
Admission: 41 pesos
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

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The top sites of Veracruz and surrounding areas are all laid out for you on this guided 5-hour combo tour. Discover San Juan de Ulúa, a fortress dating back to 1565. In the tree-lined town of La Antigua, the first Spanish settlement in Mexico, you’ll see the first Catholic church in the Americas. Pass through Veracruz’s Zocalo, its picturesque main square and drive through the upscale, neighboring city of Boca del Río. Bonus: Round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$70.00
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US$70.00
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City Tour with San Juan de Ulua

City Tour with San Juan de Ulua

Get to know the historic center of Veracruz, where you can see important colonial buildings, and the old fortress of San Juan de Ulua, which has been used for different purposes from Hospital to Jail. Then enjoy the modern area of Boca del Río, where there are different shopping malls, hotels, where you can also find the second Catholic church, in a new continent.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$46.86
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Price varies by group size
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Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle

Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle

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Spend a pleasant morning getting to know the city of Veracruz on this 3-hour guided tour. Enter San Juan de Ulúa, one of Veracruz’s most popular landmarks, and learn about the 16th-century fortress before it was converted to a presidential home. Stroll along the 'malecón,' or boardwalk, and see city highlights like the Zocalo and the Old Customs building. Wrap up your sightseeing with a drive through the well-heeled district of Boca del Río before being transported back to your hotel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$57.00
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US$57.00
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