Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in San-Juan-Puerto-Rico by Tour Guide Javier R. (Guide #8131)


Keith Weber

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 5/20

Javier was an amazing tour guide. He was so knowledgeable on every subject that we quizzed him on. I would definitely recommend him for your future visit to San Juan. It is an amazing city with so much history. Very enjoyable. Thank you, Javier!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Keith., You have a lovely family. We had a lot of fun and got to do a lot of things. Playing with the birds was the peak of the day. See you next time (hopefully). Javier

Julie Buckingham

Canada
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Tour: #321413, Puerto Rican Food Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 1/20

We had such a great time on our recent tour of Old San Juan with Javier. He is very knowledgeable and a great tour guide. Will definitely book another tour next time we are in Old San Juan. Thanks Javier!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Julie. Had a great time with you. Hope to see you again, either in Canada or Puerto Rico.

Jonathan Mark

Canada
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Tour: #321413, Puerto Rican Food Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 7/20

We were very impressed with Javier's knowledge generally and about the local food specifically. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone wanting to learn about the history and the food.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jonathan. Am still tasting the garlic from all the yummy food we had today. Enjoy your cruise. Javier

William Brownfield

United States
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Tour: #746219, Tour of Old (& new) San Juan, with transportation, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 6/20

Javier is a great guide. We just wanted a walk around the old town area of San Juan. It was just what we wanted.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, William. I had a lot of fun walking with you.

Jean Shahnasarian

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 29/20

We really enjoyed Javier. Very knowledgeable about San Juan. You gain so much having him as your guide - culture, food including pina colada's, history, politics, Hurricane Maria and how the island is faring. Thank you Javier!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jean. Really enjoyed spending time with you and your husband. I like people that I can have long conversations with. Hope to see you again soon.

Kathryn Wiens

Canada
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Jan 27/20

Javier was a fantastic tour guide and our extended family thoroughly enjoyed his tour of Old San Juan. Definitely recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kathryn. Had a great time with you and your family. J.

Sam Mosolino

United States
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Tour: #321413, Puerto Rican Food Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Dec 20/19

Javier embodies what TbL is all about...local, passionate about his city and its culture!!! The family and I had a great time this morning exploring and learning about Old San Juan. Would very highly recommend this friend for life!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for spending quality time with me. Really enjoyed your family... and you are right... you have a friend for life. Javier

Virginia Kline

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 19/19

Javier is a great guide! He took us to places based on our interest and we were able to see and learn a huge amount about the City which we would never have learned had we not been in the company of an educated individual who obviously loves and is proud of his native City. He was fun to be with, knowledgeable, moved at our pace and pointed out the things a tourist would miss if not being with an experienced guide. It was my favorite moment of our trip and I would highly recommend Javier as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review. I really enjoyed your sense of humor. It was nice to visit the gallery (museum) after the tour. You have a friend in Puerto Rico.

Denise Chase

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 16/19

A wonderful way to experience the city's history and charm through the eyes of a true local!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Denise, It was a lot of fun walking with you. We got to do quite a lot in one day. Hope to see you again, Javier

Kim McClure

United States
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Tour: #321413, Puerto Rican Food Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Nov 5/19

Javier was a wonderful tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable. He also made the tour about what we wanted to know - including fun things like have local food and drinks! We would highly recommend him ♥️

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kim. I really enjoyed spending time with you. Hope to see you again. Javier

Jeanne Rodriguez

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Sep 22/19

Javier was wonderful. He is so passionate about Puerto Rico. After we left him on Sunday as a group we discussed what he shared with us. We learned so much. There were 6 in our group and he related to everyone. We felt we saw San Juan as a local. Thank you Javier for a great day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jeanne. It was good to finally meet you and your family (the original tour was cancelled because of the hurricane). Hope to see you again soon. There is a lot more to see in Puerto Rico.

Denise Bryer

South Africa
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 6/19

We really enjoyed having Javier show us his city which he loves and shows it with such pride. It was most interesting and a beautiful and memorable experience which we both so enjoyed ! A big thank you ,much appreciated

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for coming to Puerto Rico and thanks for walking with me. It was great to get to know you and your husband. Hope to see you again soon, Javier

Charlene Betancourt

United States
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Tour: El Yunque: Una Maravilla Natural, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Date: Jul 31/19

Javier was very knowledgeable and easy going, we had grandparents and teens in the group. We wanted to go to El Yunque and though most trails are closed he took us to Anjelito Trail that was good enough for us. The top Britton Trail is open, just plan accordingly as you need and hour up and an hour down. We were on a ship so we didn't have enough time. The tour ended with Javier's recommendation for lunch in Old San Juan which was great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for joining me at the rain forest. It was a lot of fun to talk to all of you. Hopefuly next time we will have more time to explore other areas. Am glad you had fun as well.

Mary Barcella

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 2/19

Javier gave us an outstanding tour of Old San Juan. He is extremely knowledgeable, interesting, and personable. My four traveling companions and I were thrilled with our tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for walking with me. I really enjoyed your company. You were all ready to take in (receive) all the beauties of our city. Hope to see you again soon.

Nancy Kolkebeck

United States
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Tour: #321413, Puerto Rican Food Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 10/18

Javier was very flexible and accommodated our wants and needs. He has a great depth of knowledge regarding Puerto Rico history, geology and culture. We enjoyed our time with him and recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review. You were also very flexible. We were supposed to be eating, and ended up exploring new tunnels being found in archeological excavations. It was a great day. Hope to see you again. J.

Kenneth Felsecker

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 26/18

Javier was an excellent guide. His knowledge of San Juan was outstanding. He was friendly, outgoing, a great host. His love for Puerto Rico was obvious. He adapted to our needed leisurely pace. Recommended great restaurant. New friend in San Juan. Would highly recommend his services.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your review, and for your quality time in Viejo San Juan. Really enjoyed the day with you. It was cool to walk into each other again. Stay on touch, Javier.

Tim W.

United States
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Tour: #321413, Puerto Rican Food Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 14/18

My family presented Javier with a challenge as we consist of older and younger adults, a teenager and a 9-year old, all with diverse interests and attention spans. Javier did a great job of keeping us all engaged and interested. Besides being a very knowledgeable guide, he is an interesting person. I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Your family was not a challenge at all. Everybody was nice and easy going. I felt accepted right away. We did not followed the script and that was more than ok with me. Had a lot of fun with you. Hope to see you again.

Edwin Sterner

United States
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Tour: #208527, Customized Day - Private Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Feb 5/18

We asked for a custom tour beyond the standard Old Town San Juan tour. Via email, Javier prepared a great custom tour per our interests, including a "state" park with a tower to see the effects of the hurricanes on the mangroves, including a visit with the resident park ranger; an amazing lunch at a place we would never have gone to given our near zero Spanish and a private tour of the home and gallery of Samuel Lind, a very impressive Puerto Rican artist. Std. or custom, check out Javier's availability.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Ed. I had an amazing day with Kathy and you. Hope to see you again soon. You know you have a friend in Puerto Rico.

Sharon Murray

United States
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Tour: #100582, The top of El Yunque - Private Tour, Luquillo, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 23/17

Javier as knowledgeable and very personable. Also very flexible when our cruise schedule changed at the last minute. He was very sensitive to what we wanted to do during our visit and he made sure it happened. We had a great time, and he was a great hiking companion! Good conversation as well! My wife and I would both HIGHLY recommend Javier.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Reuben. It was a big pleasure to spend time with Sharon and you. Next time we'll go for a longer hike. Javier

Beth Kauczka

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Aug 18/17

Javier is an awesome tour guide. We learned so much about Old San Juan. It was so much fun having an individualized tour by Javier. We walked all over the town, saw all the sights and stopped for ice coffee at Cafe Finca Cialitos and had delicious fruit limbers at a tiny local store. Thanks Javier for making our Old San Juan tour so memorable. Mucha Gracias!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We had a wonderful day. Thought you were not going to make it. Glad you did. Say hi to your husband and daughters. Javier

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to quality customer experiences and takes all feedback seriously. We appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of tour experiences. We have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer why this tour experience appears to have fallen below our normal high standards.

Katie Campbell

United States
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Tour: History and Architecture Tour - San Juan private tour, San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico, United States
Date: Aug 18/17

Javier was an excellent guide. His knowledge of Puerto Rican History is encyclopedic! I also appreciated that he checked in with us to find out what was of interest. I wish we had covered more of Old San Juan, but what we did see was interesting.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Katie, and congratulations on your wedding. Hope to see you again and show you some more beauties in my country.

Ira Schurig

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 14/17

Javier was tremendously knowledgeable about so many aspects of San Juan. Our kids (10 and 11) were even interested during the entire tour...not something that happens all the time. If we return to Puerto Rico, I wouldn't hesitate to ask him to show us around again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Ira. I enjoyed spending time with you and your kids. J.

Daniel Dinger

United States
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Tour: #321413, Puerto Rican Food Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Jun 12/17

We had a fantastic time with Javier and thoroughly enjoyed our short amount of time with him. We would love to employ his services again in the future as he provided us with a great tour and a great amount of history about his Island.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for joining me for the food tour, and for your review. I had a lot of fun with you and your group.

Stephanie Willis

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: May 26/17

Javier is an extremely knowledgeable and fun guide who knows the city and its people well. He also has a great spirit. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Stephanie, it was a pleasure to spend your birthday with you! Hope you had a great vacation in Puerto Rico.

Mary Carey

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: May 6/17

Javier was fabulous in every way. Professional, knowledgeable, humorous, personable. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend Javier.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Mary. I really enjoyed the boat ride with you and your friends. Wish we had more time together.

Amy Dorr

United States
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Tour: Old San Juan Food Tour, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Date: Apr 9/17

My sisters and I took a food tour of old San Juan with Javier. He was a great guide, sharing history, politics, and personal insights into life in Puerto Rico. His knowledge of old San Juan was amazing; he led us "off the beaten track" down some stunningly beautiful residential streets. He shared Puerto Rican culinary traditions with us. He was friendly and we all felt comfortable with him from the start. I would definitely take another tour with Javier.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the review. We certainly have a lot more to talk about next time we meet. Abrazos from Puerto Rico.

Ramona B.

Anchorage, United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Apr 1/17

Our family of four enjoyed a wonderful tour with Javier walking the streets and visiting the sites of Old San Juan. Javier is warm, engaging and very knowledgeable about all things Puerto Rico - history, geography, politics, nature, etc! Javier was very good about communicating before the tour and everything went smoothly. He was very flexible and accommodating and we covered a lot of ground in four hours. Our family enjoys private tours as we can travel at our own pace! I would highly recommend Javier!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the good rating. ;-)

Janice Srnec

United States
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Tour: Tour of Old San juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Date: Mar 28/17

We spent a great afternoon with Javier. It was raining on & off, and he did a great job of taking us into covered courtyards and sharing lots of information about San Juan. He was great with our kids, patiently answering their questions and pointing out things that would interest them.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I've already learned. Kids run the show. If the have fun, we will all have fun. If they don't, nobody will. Your kids were fun.

Mike Pinardo

United States
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 21/17

Javier was great to speak with and was very knowledgeable about San Juan. I would definitely recommend him for anyone waiting a tour. The only negative I had was that this was his second tour on that day and was exhausted. I would have liked to see a few different churches but we spent a lot of time in El Morro. I would like to have visited Castillo San Cristóba. I feel Javier did not have a normal tour route.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the feedback and recommendation - I'm sorry that we couldn't see other churches due to the cruise ship's schedule (the churches are closed after 5.30pm) and that there were no other guides at short notice. I tried my best but I think I may well have tried to do a little too much that day.

Catharine Leko

Canada
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Tour: #83083, Walking tour of Old San Juan, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States    view tour
Date: Mar 1/17

Javier was a very knowledgeable tour guide. We learned a ton and had a great time.


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