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Archtours Architectural Guided Tours

San Juan 00926, Puerto Rico
+1 787-640-4070
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Please don't waste your time like I did!

I'll quote from the Archtours website: "Offered: Every Day (including Saturdays and... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2017
John D
See the real Old San Juan

This is the way to see and appreciate what you are seeing! Love all the architectural details but... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2016
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Experience Puerto Rico's 500-years of history exploring the islands main historic sites guided by a local historical architect and preservation expert. Stroll the streets of this unique Spanish colonial city discovering its most significant buildings and fortifications. Only Archtours offers tours for the history and architecture enthusiast interested in making the most of its visit to the city of San Juan -the oldest within the US territory. In a fun way, local historical architect Karen Gonzalez-Jensen will guide you through its cobblestone-covered streets, pointing out its most significant historic buildings and features -including the second-oldest church in the western hemisphere and the conquistador Juan Ponce the Leon's family tower-house. Also, Archtours offers the only specialized tours of both the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristobal, were architect Gonzalez-Jensen will guide you through each corner of these unique UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites. Archtours is the only company that uses graphic material on its tours to emphasize details, ideas and concepts about the history and physical development of this unique city and its fortification system. The tours provide detailed and little known information regarding, among others, how the city walls and fortifications were constructed, by whom and why; unique medieval and renaissance architectural elements; the history of the defensive system; daily activities held by the soldiers, civilians and workers within the city and the fortifications, the infrastructure of the place and other information regarding historic graffiti, artillery weapons and Second World War additions. Tours have a personalized VIP nature as the number of clients is limited to a maximum of twelve (12). The information offered is historically accurate and based on facts of the rich history and unique architectural features of Old San Juan--these are not "food", "ghost" or "pirate" tours.
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San Juan 00926, Puerto Rico
+1 787-640-4070
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Reviewed April 23, 2017

I'll quote from the Archtours website: "Offered: Every Day (including Saturdays and Sundays) 9:00 am/ 12:00 noon/ 3:00 pm" There's no way of misinterpreting the text above. My partner and I reached out to Karen several times via phone, left voicemail messages, and received no...More

Thank John D
Reviewed October 26, 2016

This is the way to see and appreciate what you are seeing! Love all the architectural details but don't know enough about them? this is the group you want to go with.

2  Thank mariap1919
Reviewed October 14, 2016

No response to multiple attempts at contact. We started two weeks before our arrival. Very disappointing, and unprofessional for a business.

1  Thank Tanya B
Reviewed August 5, 2016

I'm echoing the comments of another TA review from earlier- I sent two emails to Karen plus the hotel concierge called and left her two voice messages- but absolutely no response. It was disappointing as I was keen to know the history behind the charming...More

1  Thank STho
Reviewed June 15, 2016

Come prepared to walk or you can do by car and check the streets of old san juan and see the fine structures the the spanish made in la isla de puerto rico

1  Thank venomnyc
Reviewed June 3, 2016

Our guide was the author of a book about the old city of San Juan. Very knowlegable. Building styles beautiful and practical. A study in beauty, and history!

1  Thank pfitzgibbons
Reviewed April 23, 2016

This wa the second year I tried to book a tour of old San Juan. Last year we had agreed up on a date via email and on the day before the tour I called to confirm and she stated she had no record for...More

4  Thank Redsoxfan02129
Reviewed April 12, 2016

Karen was recommended by another tour guide service and known locally to be one of the most knowledgeable of the local architecture. While walking with Karen you will enjoy the sites and visit historical monuments, but also learn the history and feats of those who...More

Thank jenn19212015
Reviewed March 30, 2016

Karen was extremely knowledgeable about the "true" history of Puerto Rico and made history come "alive" with each street we walked down ! This is truly the best tour we have taken, and it made me wish to come back to Old San Juan to...More

Thank Karen B
Reviewed March 25, 2016

Karen is an excellent tour guide. As an architect, she has unsurpassed knowledge of the building techniques, both structural and cultural, that were used to build San Juan. However, it is her extensive knowledge of Puearto Rico's history that makes her such a valuable guide....More

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May 14, 2015|
Response from Karen_GonzalezJensen | Property representative |
Hi Susan! I am Karen, the architect that offers the architectural tours of Old San Juan and its forts. My company's name is Archtours and you can find information about me and my tours on the internet. Or you can call me... More
January 19, 2015|
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Response from Karen_GonzalezJensen | Property representative |
Hi! Please check out the reviews of several previous clients who have taken our tours with kids from 8 to 12-years old : TKamal/Sept.3,2014, JF221/Apr.29, 2014, Rococobabe/Jan.15, 2014. Having a 13-year old myself, I... More