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La Fortaleza: Our most recommended tours and activities

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

1. San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza Colón in San Juan and set off into the sunset on this 2-hour walking tour. The plazas are the perfect location to learn about the colonial history of Puerto Rico from your guide. From Plaza Colón, you will walk and see the Plaza de la Barandilla and Plaza de Armas. In Old San Juan, visit one of its most spectacular historic buildings: Antiguo Palacio de la Intendencia, originally built to house the treasury of the island and now the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Witness the 18th-century chapel at Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud and learn all about its urban legend. Visit also La Fortaleza-Palacio de Santa Catalina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour also takes you past San Juan Cathedral, the Ballaja Barracks, Catedral Basilica Menor, Cuartel de Ballaja, and San Juan's most valuable historic site, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, before ending at Plaza de San José.

San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise

2. San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard the beautiful Amazing Grace in Old San Juan and get enchanting views of the cultural city and sites around the bay. Marvel at the 16th-century citadel of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico at La Fortaleza. Sip soft drinks and cocktails under the sun and avail of the services of a local guide. The Amazing Grace is a topsail schooner representative of the traditional American sailing crafts that fought the British in the War of Independence. The beautiful sailing vessel flies seven sails that can be used in different combinations to suit the wind conditions, making for a fun journey out at sea.

San Juan: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

3. San Juan: Self-Guided Tour with Audio Guide

Take in the key sights of the Puerto Rican capital at your own pace on a self-guided walking tour. Listen as your audio guide shares the history of the city and its landmarks, including Castillo de San Cristóbal, Old San Juan, and La Fortaleza. Enjoy the freedom to stop when and where you want. Start your self-guided tour at Plaza Colón, where you will learn about the history of this beautiful square. Then, head off on an incredible journey through the old streets of the capital. See fantastic examples of architecture, such as the Castillo de San Cristóbal fortress and La Fortaleza. Then, take in religious landmarks, such as El Catedral de San Juan Bautista and Capilla de Cristo, as you continue your exploration of the Old San Juan Historic District of Puerto Rico. Discover the ruins of El Morro fort, San Juan's oldest residence La Casa Blanca, and La Plaza de Armas. Next, take in La Plazuela de la Rogativa. Admire the lovely views and bronze sculpture before heading to La Princesa. Keep your eyes peeled along the route for the blue cobblestones (adoquine) that pave the streets in the old part of the city. End your tour, feeling like you have gone back in time.

San Juan: Guided Water Bike Experience on Old San Juan Bay

4. San Juan: Guided Water Bike Experience on Old San Juan Bay

Soak up the unique views of Old San Juan Bay on a guided water bike tour. Relive more than 500 years of Puerto Rican history as you pass important buildings, including the San Felipe del Morro fortress. Board a water bike and set off along the Old San Juan Bay. Admire the pristine views and visible monuments along the coast, such as La Fortaleza (Governor's home), the San Juan Door (historic city entrance), Baluarte de San Agustín, Santa Elena Battery, El Morro Wall, the Garitas, and more. Take to the waters with a certified guide to ensure your safety and comfort. Together, scout out the best viewing spots in the bay as you pedal over the water. Enjoy this adventure by yourself or with friends.

Old San Juan Sailing Tour

5. Old San Juan Sailing Tour

Climb aboard the "Amazing Grace" topsail schooner and cruise around Old San Juan. Take in the enchanting views of the cultural city from a different perspective. See the sites around the bay, including El Morro, La Fortaleza and Paseo de la Princesa, and listen to interesting facts about the landmarks from a local guide.  Feel a part of history as you sail aboard a vessel like those that fought the British in the War of Independence, and in 1812 as ships of the U.S. Navy and as privateers. Look up at the 7 sails that can be used in different combinations to suit the wind conditions, making for a fun sailing adventure.

San Juan 500 Fest: Guided City Walking Tour and Boat Cruise

6. San Juan 500 Fest: Guided City Walking Tour and Boat Cruise

San Juan 500 Fest starts at the meeting point of Plaza Colon where you will encounter with your expert Tour Guide. Will walk & explore the inner city and discover its unique neighborhood. Old San Juan is the oldest city in the U.S. and its territories. Founded in 1521 it has over 500 years of history. Old San Juan is actually an island connected to the main island by bridges on the eastern side. The oldest section is on the west side and walled in on 3 sides. The historic city is divided into seventeen square blocks.The western area of the city contains Paseo de la Princesa, La Fortaleza (Governor’s Mansion) and Fort El Morro.which construction started in 1539 to protect the the city from pirates invasion. Its the oldest area of town where you can find 300-450 year old homes and buildings.

Puerto Rico: Old San Juan Guided Walking Tour

7. Puerto Rico: Old San Juan Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a historic walk into the top sights that Old San Juan has to offer. Experience San Juan from a local's perspective as your guide walks you through the most notable landmarks. Marvel at the colorful Spanish colonial architecture dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. See beautiful historical buildings such as the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, one of the oldest buildings in San Juan. Visit the 16th century El Morro and La Fortaleza fortresses that are rising above the ocean, and then stroll along the Paseo de la Princesa, taking in the stunning views of the bay. Learn about the importance of Christopher Columbus for Puerto Rico, find out what was San Juan's original name, and hear about the Spanish-American post-war history. Then together with your local guide find out what’s inside San Juan’s San Felipe del Morro citadel.

San Juan: El Morro Fort and Old Town Walking Tour

8. San Juan: El Morro Fort and Old Town Walking Tour

Make the most of a short visit to San Juan with a walking tour to over 20 popular attractions. Stroll around the Old Town for a comprehensive look into Puerto Rican culture and history, guided by a local expert. Visit the inside of the ancient Fort Morro with tickets included. Join your guide on an insightful journey into the heart of the city. Dive deep into the cobblestone streets to admire the colorful traditional homes of the oldest part of San Juan, taking time to stop and learn about the rich history behind this vibrant neighborhood. Come up close to the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, La Fortaleza, and the San Juan Gate, as well as several other iconic sites. Step inside Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the most visited destination in Puerto Rico, for a trip back in time to the 16th and 18th centuries in naval history.

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What people are saying about La Fortaleza

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 320 reviews

Wonderful experience to have a knowledgeable guide lead us on a relaxing sunset tour of Viejo San Juan. Provided clear and easy links prior to the tour to lead us right to the parking garage and to the meet up spot. Our guide Jorge was enthusiastic and polite and made sure everyone was comfortable and had a great time. We were able to get some outstanding pictures and restaurant recommendations. I highly recommend this tour it was not our first time in the city and we learned so much more this trip and enjoyed what we were seeing far more with Jorge leading the way.

It was a unique and very pleasant experience. Patria Tours has professional and highly trained guides such as Mr. Antonio. I will definitely use your services again for more tours.

This was a fantastic tour. We learned so much about the city and enjoyed some amazing views along the way. The tour guide was also great with the kids!

Nice historic walking tour of old San Juan. Afterwards I felt comfortable enough to go back and explore the eateries and pubs.

Excellent tour. Jorge was very knowledgeable and a pleasant guide.