I was born and raised here, but it was not until I moved to the United States that I felt what the Puerto Rican poet Virgilio Davila described as the "call from Borinquén" (native taino word for Puerto Rico). That call is nothing but a strong feeling of nostalgia; when you feel as if something vital is missing. That is when I realized that I love this Caribbean island as something essential in my life. This love powers the passion I deliver in each of my tours.
When I came back to Puerto Rico three years ago, little did I know I would become a professional tour guide, but I did know I wanted a fun, out-of-the-office job that allowed me to share my passion and express my outgoing personality. When I first had the opportunity to give historical tours in the Old San Juan two years ago, I knew that was the right job for me. The experience was great, meeting new people and enjoying with them the beauty of Old San Juan was so gratifying that I dedicated myself to becoming a full time tour guide. I was so motivated that I enrolled in yearlong course that covered essential tour guide techniques as well as the history and geography of Puerto Rico. The class also included field trips to popular touristic destinations on the island. I learned things about Puerto Rico that I never knew as a local! With this course and my experience, I completed the requirements for the Tour Guide Certification issued by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
Tours by Locals is now my way of reaching tourists excited about discovering Puerto Rico. My mission is to deliver the knowledge and love I have for this island in an enjoyable way, making each tour a personal memorable experience. With me you can enjoy the most beautiful and popular places of Puerto Rico while learning about our colonial history, our traditions and culture from the perspective of a passionate local.
A Recent Review of this guide
One can tell Jorge enjoys his job as tour guide because he is so good at it. He is very knowledgeable on a wide range of relevant topics from ancient history to current political challenged. A very accomodating guide who provides entertaining insights at every stop. I highly recommend Jorge, especially a first time visitor to Puerto Rico.
Wayland Snookie P.
Certified Tour Guide by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company