Private Tours of Old San Juan

Private Tours of Old San Juan

Private Tours of Old San Juan
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Experience Puerto Rico on a different way. “Walk” at your own pace. Take pictures. Ask questions. See what you are most excited about. Know the history and the untold secrets of this wonderful place. I am a local certified tour guide that specializes on private full day tours of Puerto Rico. Visit the forts, caves, waterfalls, cultural experiences, etc. Is not like a college lecture. . . Is more like hanging out with a knowledgeable local person.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Elaine D
Northville, MI6 contributions
May 2021
We spent a whole afternoon with Javier on a private tour. We spent time visiting the two forts in Old San Juan learning all about the history of Puerto Rico. We also enjoyed a wonderful meal at a local restaurant learning about what a typical meal in Puerto Rico. Was a wonderful day with a wonderful guide.
Written May 17, 2021
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Walk S
Thank you, Elaine. I really enjoyed spending the day with you and your family. You got an extended tour, where we managed to see even more than usual. Hope to see you again soon. Javier
Written July 22, 2021
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citygirlNj
New Jersey88 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We enjoyed the tour very much! We especially enjoyed the personal stories that Carlos told us. He was very knowledgeable and was interesting to listen to. And his English was very well. If you wanted a picture of something just let him know and he will accommodate you. It was nice doing the private tour you can just get in and out of the air-conditioned vehicle and not have to wait for a bunch of people on the other tour buses. I highly recommend this.
Written January 22, 2020
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patn35
Naples, FL31 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
We had a private walking tour of Old San Juan with Javier Ruiz. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and very in tune to our interests and comfort during our 4 hour walking tour, which he customized as we went.
Written February 12, 2015
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J'Adore-Voyager
New York City193 contributions
Jan 2020
We had a great tour of San Juan with Javier. The city is just beautiful and I can't imagine anyone better than Javier to see it with. His passion for the city and its people is infectious. I particularly appreciated his deep knowledge of history and current social and political events. This was not just "look that way" but a real immersion into this lovely old city. See San Juan and see it with Javier!
Written January 18, 2020
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Walk S
Thank you very much for your review. I really love my island, and I really enjoy sharing it with other passionate people.
Written November 2, 2021
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Rodney A
58 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
We arrived in San Juan, expecting a boring 1h-2h walk through the city just to pass the time. What we got was an energetic, exciting escapade that filled us with joy! Our guide, Javier, was the best! He was kind, patient,supremely knowledgeable and in love with his job and his culture. Javier took us ALL OVER THE CITY! We walked and he showed & told us all of the rich and important history that Puerto Rico has to offer. My entire family thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Javier has a true spirit of love and we would DEFINITELY take a tour with him again. Thanks Javier for an unforgettable experience!
Written April 11, 2017
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ChadAndLaura G
1 contribution
Mar 2017 • Couples
I booked a private tour with Javier Ruiz of Old San Juan through Tours by Locals for my family of 5 adults ages 44-75. We had a wonderful time and Javier really made the history come alive for us. Our tour was for 4 hours.
We arrived in San Juan via cruise ship and meet Javier in front of Walgreens which was easy to find coming off the ship. We were a little early so I called his cell phone with my US phone and had no trouble contacting him and within minutes he was there right on time. We quickly decided that the uphill walk to the fort might be a bit much for our party so we took the free tram up to the fort. We got the last 6 seats on the tram. That was lucky. The tram then waited a long time to depart even though it was full but that was not Javier's fault. The tram was also very bumpy and hurt my mother's back but that also was not Javier's fault. When we arrived at the top of the hill we all were glad we didn't have to walk it but Javier said it would have been faster to walk. He would have taken us walking but we chose the tram and were glad of it. And I'm glad that Javier was flexible enough that we had the choice.
Javier then recommended to buy two senior lifetime passes which gets 1 senior and 3 adults for each ticket into the fort and other US Parks for life which saved us money one the entrance tickets. Javier had his own pass. You don't have to buy him a ticket. As he showed us around he mentioned the church and I said we will want to see that. He asked if we were interested in churches and I said, yes as Christians we will want to visit all the churches we have time for. So we went in the little church (a chapel really). My mother-in-law loved it and we had a few minutes to pray. The fort had steep ramps and steep difficult stairs and Javier gave us options of which way to go and was very patient as the older members of our party carefully navigated the chosen route. The view from up there is wonderful and you can see a lot of the geography of the surrounding area. Javier took time to explain why this location was so important that it needed a fort and why the various powers were always fighting over it. He showed us how the fort changed over time to utilize new technologies (stuff like canon development and such) and meet growing needs.
When we were done at the fort we began walking back down the hill, wandering through Old San Juan. The old city is beautiful. Reminds me a bit of Europe. We mad a number of stops. I probably can't remember them all to list right now. We first stopped at a coffee shop for refreshments and we each bought some Puerto Rico Coffee to take home. Javier said it was the least expensive of the 3 best places to get coffee in the area. Service was great. Coffee was great. And our party needed the rest. We walked past it at first and as he was telling us about it we said we should go back for coffee. So the stopping to spend money and use some of our time with him for a rest was our idea. Other places we went were an old seminary that is now a college, the defensive city wall, and the cathedral, and a number of other places each with its own rich story. Only the fort had an entrance fee. Although a couple of the places were taking donations. We were happy to donate to the college and the churches because we find education and our religion important to us but there wouldn't be a problem if you didn't donate anything. Javier was also leaving donations at some of the stops himself. He showed us the architecture of the city and the influence of the Catholic church on the area. We ran over our allotted 4 hours and I was telling my family that we needed to let him go but he was enjoying himself and kept on talking for a while more. He really made our day special.
Then I asked for a restaurant recommendation for dinner and he said La Princessa and gave us directions and then he asked about our budget cause it might be too expensive but we were fine with it. He wanted to give us another option but then said if after we get there, if we don't like the menu, the prices, or the ambiance, that we should call him for another suggestion. We left him and had a nice walk between the city wall and the ocean/bay and found La Princessa. It was lovely. We sat outside in a beautiful courtyard. The food and service were excellent. There was a great variety of food and we all found something to enjoy.
Javier is a wonderful tour guide for a small group of 1-6 people. He was very flexible to meet our needs and very knowledgeable. He treated us like friends. You can't go wrong booking a tour with him. You won't be disappointed.
Written April 5, 2017
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David F
Freehold, NJ16 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
We had a wonderful afternoon wandering this historic city with Javier, a native of San Juan and a knowledgeable, well-educated and thoughtful person.

He tailored the tour to our interests. We took breaks from walking (and the hot day) to sit in a cool place and continue our conversation. We ended the day with a much better understanding of the city and the island and its place in history.

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting San Juan who has an interest in the history and culture of this unique place.
Written December 6, 2016
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rbuskey106
Portsmouth, RI681 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
We were met at our hotel by Javier for a private tour. Walked through Old San Juan & Fort Cristobal. Javier was very knowledgeable & friendly. Great way to learn about the History & customs of the people/area. Hopefully when we return we can get a much larger tour. Worth the money.
Written November 6, 2016
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MYDA
Houston, TX61 contributions
Oct 2019 • Business
Javier provided a heart-felt private waking tour of beautiful & historic Viejo (Old) San Juan. My Father & I had a tour to remember walking at our pace & learning more than we ever expected. We laughed, we were impressed & learned a ton from Javier. He was aware of our needs & made us feel welcome to his beautiful island 🇵🇷🇵🇷. Javier was in time & easy to communicate when coordinating our tour. We strongly recommend walksanjuan.com for your Puerto Rico tour!!
Written October 8, 2019
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Walk S
Thank you very much for your kind words. I really enjoy private tours because I have the opportunity to connect with everyone on the group. It feels like being with family. It’s easier to recognize your needs, and satisfy them. Javier
Written November 4, 2021
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Caroline P
12 contributions
May 2018 • Business
Javier was AMAZING. Knowledgeable, friendly and so focused on what you wanted to learn, the pace at which you wanted to go and creating the best overall experience for you and your group. I highly, highly recommend Javier!
Written May 11, 2018
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