Old San Juan Best Kept Secrets Tour

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Experience hosted by Andy

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English

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 organization: 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 2,456 reviews.

Clarissa
January 2022
Andy was kind and passionate about his isla! He was very knowledgeable and gave us information that few other touring companies are able to give. His information was not mundane but exciting. Well worth it!!
Diana
January 2022
Better than expected! Andy knows a lot about the architecture of San Juan, ties it with the history of San Juan. He is very passionate and knowledgeable about San Juan. Highly recommend taking this tour!
Maximiliano
January 2022
Andy was awesome! I would recommend booking this tour early on in your trip to have a better understanding of old San Juan.
Kadoh
January 2022
We had Andy as our tour guide and he was the absolute best. Very knowledge, friendly, and you could just tell how much he loves Puerto Rico! We enjoyed our time and wouldn’t have gotten the same experience just walking around by ourselves. An experience I’ll remember for a lifetime!
Laura
January 2022
This was a fantastic tour! Andy knows so much about San Juan and PR as a whole. He puts his heart into this.
Tawnya
January 2022
Andy was so knowledgeable. It really was amazing what he was able to share with us in such a short amount of time. Highly recommend this tour!!

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  • Mon, Jan 31
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    $25 per person
  • Tue, Feb 1
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Wed, Feb 2
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Thu, Feb 3
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Join 4 other guests
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  • Fri, Feb 4
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    $25 per person
  • Sat, Feb 5
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    $25 per person
  • Sun, Feb 6
    1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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  • Mon, Feb 7
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    $25 per person

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 2 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

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

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.