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San Juan de Ulua Fortress Tours

San Juan de Ulua 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.

Practical Info

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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5 ATTRACTIVE WITH AQUARIUM AND MANDINGA INCLUDED (IN VERACRUZ)

Explore top Veracruz attractions in one easy day trip with this guided tour. Visit a popular aquarium, the historic San Juan de Ulua fort, a mangrove forest, and more—all with the benefit of a guide to share fun facts and information throughout the day. All transportation is included, too, helping you make the most of a busy day by avoiding slow public transit.
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Day Trips

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

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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Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle

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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City Tour con San Juan de Ulua

Conoce el centro histórico de Veracruz, donde podrás observar importantes edificios coloniales, y la antigua fortaleza de San Juan de Ulua, la cual ha sido utilizada para diferentes propósitos desde Hospital hasta Cárcel. Para después disfrutar la zona moderna de Boca del Río, donde se encuentran diferentes plazas comerciales, hoteles, donde ademas se encuentra la segunda iglesia católica, en nuevo continente.
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SAN JUAN DE ULUA TOUR

Know the history of this fortress with more than 500 years old. This place operated as a fortress, customs, presidential house, hospital and jail. Walk through the corridors accompanied by a guide who will tell you legends and history during the walk.
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