pilgrimage with a private guide
Old San Juan is considered the "crib" of Christianity in America. There is a lot of history (art, culture, architecture, etc. ) in the Old City. Alonso Manso (the first Bishop of San Juan) is also the first Christian Bishop to come to America (1512). That means that all the churches in America had to report to San Juan.
Within the city walls, we have one of the highest concentration of temples per square mile in the world. Some of the structures are considered as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Route of San Juan Bautista shows the most important religious attractions in Old San Juan. You can discover the origins of Christianity in the New World for the past 500 years. You will discover some of the oldest churches in America, some located inside forts and palaces; also catacombs, religious ceremonies, saint persons, miracles, religious art, relics and a unique architectonic legacy.
I love to feel the energy of every church (different congregations).
We will get to see "La Princesa Jail" (where they had a Catholic and a Methodist Chapel). We'll see the San Juan Gate, San Juan Cathedral, El Convento Hotel*, old seminary building, the Archbishop Palace*, San Jose Church, The Plastic Art School, the cementery, La Fortaleza* (Governor's Mansion), the Siervas de Maria convent and chappel, the Hugh O' Neil Presbyterian Church, the book museum*, San Francisco Church*, Santa Ana Church, among other attractions.
* Some of the temples / attractions might be closed (according to what time we get to go).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Headquarters of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, that is located at La Princesa building # 2, Paseo de la Princesa.
End location: Headquarters of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
Duration: 4 hours
We will be walking most of the time (recomended). If you want we could take the trolley to move from one side to the other.
My services as your personal, professional tour guide.
We will get a passport at the beginning of the tour, and have it punched at the end of the tour, as an evidence of completion.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 usd - Optional: you might want to bring some extra cash to buy water, souvenirs, snacks, etc. Old San Juan is a great place for shopping.
Make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes.
Old San Juan is usually sunny and hot. We advise you to bring enough drinking water, sunblock and a hat. If it rains, you might want to have your poncho or umbrella handy (or just get wet).
Pd: If you are a member of the National Park Service, bring your card and your photo ID.
Pdd: If your group is larger than 6pax, send me a message and I'll give you a quote. Additional persons pay an extra $10.
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Javier was awesome. Went at our pace the whole day and took us to exactly the type of places we wanted to see. He himself is a really fascinating and unique individual. We thoroughly enjoyed our day in San Juan with him. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to make the most of your time while in Puerto Rico.