San Juan
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From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

1. From San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Waterslide Tour

Go on an adventure to the rainforest and learn about different natural gems on this guided day trip. With courtesy transportation included, you can experience a journey of historical experiences. Upon arriving at your destination, visit the east side of the El Yunque Rainforest to enjoy a short hike to the first waterfall. There, you can enjoy the landscape, swim in the water, rope swing, or free dive from multiple heights. Further up the trail, there is another watering hole with a natural rock slide and cliff jump into the river. Learn about the history of the rainforest, iguanas, guava trees, bamboos, and 100-year-old trees. Marvel at nature and explore a Puerto Rican rainforest. End your trip by having lunch at a local small family-owned restaurant that serves authentic grandma-style food for an additional cost. On this tour, you can enjoy a unique local experience with our team of local guides.

Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour

2. Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour

Start your day by meeting your guide at the local fruit stand “Frutera Flores” in the town of Luquillo. Here, your guide will pick up a variety of fresh local fruit for the tour, and you have the opportunity to purchase some local fritters and/or a fresh fruit smoothie. After this stop, follow your guide in your rental car to the majestic El Yunque Rainforest- without a doubt Puerto Rico’s greatest Natural Wonder. It is the only tropical rainforest, the most biologically diverse, and the most studied forest in the US National Forest System. After an interpretive hike through natural trails lined with beautiful flora and fauna, and some river wading, arrive at a hidden gem found in the heart of the rainforest. This breathtaking segment of the 29,000-acre forest is like a natural playground. Here, have the chance to swim in the natural pools, refresh in waterfalls, slide down an exhilarating waterslide, rope swing into the river, jump from different rock formations, and enjoy fresh local fruit with a view. Along with all of this excitement, you will also have time to simply relax to the sounds of cascading waters and take in the beauty of this very special place.

From San Juan: Horse Riding at a Private Ranch

3. From San Juan: Horse Riding at a Private Ranch

Make your way to the Hacienda Campo Rico and feel like you are in a completely different world as you pass through the entrance gates. On a 2-hour horse riding adventure experience the home of different tropical plants and animals and see stunning landscapes. Upon arrival, meet your experienced guides and receive basic instructions with safety procedures before you set off on your horse. Get acquainted with your horse, and then follow the guides through 2,200 acres of private land. Soak up the Caribbean sun as you trot around. Marvel at magnificent views of the mountains and coastal plains. Come across lagoons and curious limestone rock formations. Keep a lookout for the native wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitats. Learn the history and importance of the Puerto Rico Paso Fino horses. Then, go to the hilltop Mojito Bar and cool down with some refreshing drinks of your choice. Purchase souvenirs at the on-site gift shop, where you can also rent GoPro cameras and other equipment to turn your horse ride adventure into an experience to remember.

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

4. San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

Meet your professional 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, you can visit one of its most spectacular historic buildings: Antiguo Palacio de la Intendencia. It was originally built to house the treasury of the island and it is now the Department of State of Puerto Rico. At the Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud you can see the most popular chapel in Puerto Rico and you learn the urban legend behind this little structure built in the 18th century. You can also visit La Fortaleza-Palacio de Santa Catalina, a 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.

Old San Juan: Culture and Cuisine 3-Hour Walking Tour

5. Old San Juan: Culture and Cuisine 3-Hour Walking Tour

Become a foodie insider with Puerto Rico’s original 3-hour food and cultural tour of Old San Juan. Experience this slice of paradise through a progressive walk and meal. Walk through the historic city and see architectural gems that will be tied with historical and cultural details. Taste Puerto Rico’s premium single-origin coffee; always smooth, never bitter. Try ice cream from the city’s first artisan ice pop shop, made fresh daily from locally sourced fresh fruits or premium nuts and chocolates. Stroll a local eatery, highlighting fresh ingredients from San Juan’s most popular farmer’s market. Get hands-on experience making Puerto Rico’s signature dish, mofongo, and make your own rum mojito or cap your foodie experience off with one of the best flans in town. At Old San Juan’s only Choco Bar, savor hand-crafted local chocolate in a beautiful, unique ambiance. Feast on recipes dating back to the 1800s while dining under the historic city walls and get to know the city’s tastiest hangouts.

San Juan: History Walking Tour

6. San Juan: History Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided history walking tour suitable for all ages to some of Old San Juan's most notable landmarks. Learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, its ties to the United States, and its rich Spanish, Taino Indian, and West African Heritage. Begin your exploration of Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a stop outside La Casa Estrecha, one of the narrowest houses in the Western hemisphere. Then, enter La Catedral de San Juan Bautista which is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building. Discover some parts of some of the city’s impressive defensive system, namely its historic walls, the only remaining entrance door at La Puerta de San Juan, and Fortaleza. Gain a greater understanding of Puerto Rican history with your knowledgeable local guide.

Old San Juan: Sunset Walk and Food Tour

7. Old San Juan: Sunset Walk and Food Tour

Join a mini getaway in Old San Juan on this guided walk through the over 495-year-old Spanish colonial city as the burnt orange sun sets. Taste your way through three restaurants and sip on rum cocktails. Enjoy skip-the-line benefits as you visit must-see restaurants and foodie scenes around the city. Get to know local Puerto Rican foods as you savor an appetizer, main meal, and dessert during the tour. Stroll alongside your local guide and learn about the unique architectural features behind the Spanish buildings, plazas, squares, balconies, and mysterious blue cobblestones in the heart of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city. Leave your experience with the confidence and knowledge of a local. 

San Juan: Walking Tour with Expert Guide

8. San Juan: Walking Tour with Expert Guide

Learn about its colonial influence and discover this fascinating city. See all its essential sights with your expert local guide. Begin with by entering San Felipe del Morro or San Cristobal. Hear fascinating facts as you walk along Paseo de la Princesa to the Governor's residence. Stroll through a city brimming with colors and cobble stone streets. See the San Juan Gate, built in 1520 to guard the city from the harbor. Visit the Ballaja Barracks, built by the Spanish militia for housing in 1864, as well as the San Jose Church, and Plaza del Quinto Centenario. Your tour will end at the Hotel El Convento, adjacent to all the shops and restaurants.

San Juan: Private City Highlights Driving Tour

9. San Juan: Private City Highlights Driving Tour

Experience the must-see highlights of San Juan on this private sightseeing tour with a certified guide. Ride in style through Old San Juan, near the San Cristobal and San Felipe del Morro Forts. Discover the districts of Santurce, El Condado, Isla Verde, and Piñones. Get picked up at your hotel or another location of your choice in San Juan, then head out on your tour. Explore the historic part of the city, Old San Juan, home to most of the historic architecture, attractions, and galleries. Visit the most popular hotel in San Juan, El Convento Hotel, as well as have the chance to stop for a photo with your favorite president at the world-famous Presidential Boardwalk or run up the steps at the Capitol Building. Drive through the International Convention Center District, home of Puerto Rico's biggest convention center, featuring restaurants, a music hall, a cinema, and more. Then, visit Santurce, a historical part of San Juan known for its art, music, culture, and famous marketplace. Next, head to El Condado, an upscale residential neighborhood that hosts the beach resort part of San Juan. Move on to Isla Verde, located in the adjacent municipality of Carolina, and see nice beaches, hotels, and parks. Continue to Piñones, a popular area in the town of Loiza known for its African heritage, typical fritters, Puerto Rican cuisine, and seafood. The tour concludes with drop-off at your original pickup point.

San Juan Mini Boats

10. San Juan Mini Boats

The most complete tour for those explorers who would like a glimpse into San Juan's captivating history, have an adventure in the waters of the harbor at the helm of your own boat and stop to learn the highlights of the city’s history. You will take the helm of a 13' inflatable boat that you will get to operate during the entire tour. Appreciate Condado and the Puerto Rico Convention Center. After a short stop where the guide will point out these areas of interest, the fleet will cruise along the southern shores of the Islet towards the Historic District. On your way there, Old San Juan will rise in front of you in the distance and you will admire Fort San Cristobal, the largest fort built by the Spaniards in all the Americas, the cruise ship ports with the green mountains to the south and the Rainforest to the southeast. Along the way, you will feel the warm Caribbean breeze and may spot some of the local fauna. Learn about the landmarks in the historic district: The San Juan Wall, Governor’s Mansion and the most famous fort in Puerto Rico, Fort San Felipe Del Morro; The perfect spot to take unique pictures. The last stop of your tour will take you by the most active commercial piers in the Caribbean, where you will observe San Juan commercial district, and Hato Rey through an eco-friendly water channel, within a mangrove vegetation area, house of iguanas, birds and local fauna.

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What people are saying about San Juan

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 71 reviews

Both Jessie and Patricia were knowledgeable and safety conscious. It was more rigorous than I thought it would be but they are patient and allow you to follow your own pace. If you want to go off the beaten path then check out this tour. The only downside is I would've enjoyed more time at the waterfall. They give you 1/2hour - 40 minutes tops.

This was the highlight of our trip! We had a great group of people together. It was fun and challenging (not too hard though) but very good experience. Our guides janri and Patricia were the best! Would highly suggest using them both. Patricia was very fun and energetic and full of great information about the island and plants

In was an awesome experience! Our tour guide Evelyn went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing experience. She took very good care of the group making sure everyone was safe and enjoyed the trip.

We went into this not really knowing exactly what we were going to be doing - intentionally - so we were surprised at every turn, pleasantly though! It was strenuous, but exhilarating!

Andres was absolutely amazing, helped guide me and my friend and my 8 year old for her birthday. She loved him! And I will absolutely recommend this and book this again.