Old San Juan 1 day walking tour



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This trip can be done in a sort of circle around the Old city, starting with either fort and working your way to the other side. There's not much to do in San Cristobal, although the views are nice (see photo), but El Morro is worth the trek up and into the different rooms and displays. Many of the other stops are quick photo ops (such as La Rogativa, the Totem, the churches), so they don't take that much time. El Convento is a beautiful hotel, great to stay at, but you can also stop for a cocktail in one of the outdoor patio restaurants. The museums are also small, but intriguing and unique, and housed right next door to each other. A word to the wise, the city itself is compact, but the hills can be steep (nothing along the lines of San Fransisco however) so be prepared; wear walking shoes and light clothing. Walking around in the heat, we were really grateful to stumble upon carts dishing out perfect-sized servings of pirqaguas (shaved ice with fruit syrup) and sorbets.

Author: Melanie


Day 1 - San Juan


We started off on the San Cristobal side, with breakfast at La Mallorca, and then toured the Cristobal Fort. From here we walked along Norzagaray St., on the water, over to El Morro. Most of the museums and historic points of interest are on this side. El Morro takes a little more time to tour than Cristobal. We were a bit tired and hot at this point (wear comfortable shoes and be ready for the bright sun!), so we stopped and rested at El Picoteo in the beautiful El Convento hotel. We ordered a few tapas and cocktails, and although ready for a nap, moved on. The two museums are right next to each other, and are small, so we did those pretty quickly. A lot of the the other sites are quick photos, but worth a look at. We ended this side by taking El Paseo de la Princesa, outside the city wall, which is a nice walk, but brings you back to the other side of the city. So then we had to double back to explore the many shops along San Francisco and Fortaleza. Streets. After shopping, we went up to El Jibarito and had a huge dinner! It was a long, full day, but there's so much to do in Old San Juan at the same time. It's a charming city!


1

San Cristobal Fort

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Location:

Corner of San Francisco and Norzagaray, across from Plaza del Colon
San Juan National Historic Site
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1787-729 6960
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Cafeteria Mallorca

Location:

300 Calle San Francisco, Old San Juan
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: 1 787 724 4607


3

Fort San Felipe del Morro

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Location:

501 Norzagaray
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1787 729 6960
fax: +1 787 289 7972
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4

Plaza del Totem

Location:

Plaza del Quinto Centenario
Old San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1 787 721 2400


5

San Jose Church

Location:

Calle Cristo, Plaza San Jose, close to the Plaza del Totem
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Museo de Nuestra Raíz Africana

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Location:

Casa de los Contrafuertes
Plaza San José
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1 787 724 4294 / +1 787 724 4184
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Hotel El Convento

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100 Cristo St
00901 San Juan, PR

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tel: +1 787 723 9020 / +1 800 468 2779 (Toll Free)
fax: +1 787 721 2877
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8

El Picoteo

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Location:

Hotel El Convento, 100 Cristo St.
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: 1 787 723 9202


9

Plazuela de la Rogativa

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Location:

Caleta Las Monjas
Old San Juan
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Catedral de San Juan

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Location:

153 Calle Cristo
Old San Juan
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1 787 722 0861
fax: +1 787 722 1881
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11

Capilla del Cristo Chapel

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Location:

Parque de las Palomas
Calle Cristo
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: +1 787 721 2400 (Tourist Information)


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El Jibarito

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Location:

280 Calle Sol, Old San Juan
00901 San Juan, Puerto Rico

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tel: 1 787 725 8375


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