Mary BarcellaUnited States
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.
Kenneth FelseckerUnited States
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.
Beth KauczkaUnited States
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.
Ira SchurigUnited States
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.
Stephanie WillisUnited States
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 CareyUnited States
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.
Ramona B.Anchorage, United States
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. ;-)
Mike PinardoUnited States
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.
Javier was a very knowledgeable tour guide. We learned a ton and had a great time.
Maureen T.United States
Javier is a terrific host for his city. He was flexible to meet the needs of our party, adjusting timing to fit our walking abilities. He knowledge of the culture of San Juan, his history, churches, monuments, forts and back streets is wonderful. He brought San Juan to life for us in 4 hours, making this tour the highlight of our cruise. Others from our ship in large regimented walking groups missed out on such a personal, loving look at Old Town San Juan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Maureen, for allowing me to spend quality time with you and your group. Call me when you come back.
Ann BowerUnited States
The best we have had as tour guide. His personal, professional and family connection to San Juan produced the most interesting and informative experience. Highly recommended for a personal tour tuned to the client. The connection with his life experiences and admirable character make for a very unique experience. We would all go around with him again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a fun day. Looking forward to meet you again.
Tom VangenUnited States
What a great day! Javier's knowledge of San Juan, its culture and history, was truly a gift. To anyone wanting a more intimate tour of this magical city, Javier is your man.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Tom. It was a big pleasure to show you around. Say hi to Davis.
Steve DrevikUnited States
Fantastic tour, Javier really paced things to our desired pace, answered every question, has a great sense of humor and personality. He is a great local guide and we would definitely recommend to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Steve. Enjoyed your company. Good luck with your projects. Let me know if I can support you. J.
Stephen P.Washington, DC, United States
Outstanding tour. Javier is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. He provides historical facts and context ina way that results in an excellent experience. Our walking tour of Old San Juan will remain memorable thanks to Javier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Steeven, for your kind words. I also enjoyed meeting you and JD. You have a friend in Puerto Rico.
Monica Oldenbourg KeckGruenwald, United States
He took us to places we would never have seen. Such as a convent still in function with beautiful views. He showed us Fotos of old San Juan to explain its development. He is a kind man and a pleasant representation of his people. Would recommend him to others.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gracias Monica. Had a wonderful time with you, and hope to stay in touch. Good people like you make my job very pleasant.
Javier knows what he is talking about. Very knowledgeable. Easy to go with. Listens to the quest. Comes with ideas, he is flexible. We don't know what anyone can do more. Also gives tips what do after the day and to go where. We could not have had a better guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Abraham. I was delighted to spend a long day with you and Corrie. Come back soon. Would love to see you again.
David FrankUnited States
Javier's tour of Old San Juan was excellent - informative, with historical perspective, knowledge of local culture, and we could not ask for a more pleasant guide. Seemed to know half the city's population of the city as we made our rounds. Knew the city as only a native would. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, David. Am humbled to hear that from you. Enjoyed our conversations. Say hi to Janet. Javier PD: I don't know that many people... ja ja ja
Excellent Tour. I would highly recommend Javier. He is very knowledgeable about Puerto Rico.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kelvin. It was a big pleasure to show you (& Barry) around. Hope to see you again soon. Javier
Robert SmithUnited States
Excellent tour of Old San Juan. Javier was very personable, knowledgeable and willing to adapt the tour to our interests. There were 4 of us (myself age 61 and my son/nephews ages 28-30). He lives in the area, grew up in PR and has a wide range of interests. This is by far the best way to see the city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Robert. It was cool to hang out with 'young' men.
Javier is an excellent guide. His knowledge of Old San Juan is extensive and he makes the historic places come alive. Well worth it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Thomas. We have things in common. That made the tour go easier.
Chris H.United States
Javier gave us a great tour of Old San Juan. He has a very nice personality, is a bright guy, and has a lot of experience as a guide backed up with deep local knowledge. He was flexible and responsive and obviously cares about his city and his culture - lots of positive energy. Don't hesitate to tour with Javier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris. It was great walking with you. Will let me know if I make it to Indiana.
Gladell P.United States
Javier deserves more than 5 stars. We had a wonderful time going around old San Juan and Fort San Cristobal. He is very knowledgeable about the history and recent events in Puerto Rico. We took our time strolling with no rush while going into the curious details and in mesmerizing the scenic views. What we like most about Javier is that natural blend of hospitality, cordiality and fun that set the tone for a delightful welcoming tour. We highly recommend his tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Gladell, Had a great time with Agne and you. I admire your joy and sense of humor. Hope to see you again soon.
Ursula WeltmanUnited States
Javier is extrodinary as a guide, genuinely sharing the sites and history of Old San Juan in a way that seems insightfully tailored. Our group ranged from 15-72 year olds. We all felt his tour was superb and look forward to another opportunity to explore more with Javier. The depth and breadth of his knowledge in multiple subjects beyond history, his attention to detail and his good nature and personality made our 4 hours tour deeply enjoyable; the time flew by!!
Carmen PreddyUnited States
The tour of Old San Juan exceeded our expectations! Javier is an awesome tour guide - very knowledgeable with a deep love for his country that was infectious. He was very gracious and patient with our many questions and provided some extra highlights to make our tour very enjoyable!
Burton HaimsUnited States
Javier was knowledgeable,informative and fun to be with. He did things that were different and fitted the group
Ron YudilovichUnited States
Javier is a true professional per excellence with a lot of patience. Doesn't rush you and extremely high mannered. I truly recommend him. I was with my 80yo parents and although it was a bit hard for them he truly delivered.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Ron. It was a pleasure to meet you and serve you.
Adm MarkellUnited States
Theodore GriffithUnited States
Javier is a very knowledgeable and considerate tour guide. My wife has issues with arthritis and he paced it to accommodate her. We very much enjoyed the day and highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Theodore. Private tours allow us to accommodate situations like arthritis. Hope to see you again in Puerto Rico. J.
Javier was a great guide with lots of knowledge of San Juan and was able to show us much in the limited time we had. Thank you also for showing us your home and the great juggling and unicycle tricks! :)
Jeff SpencerUnited States
Javier is passionate about Puerto Rico and very knowledgeable about its history, culture, and politics. The tour was an excellent introduction to old San Juan, as well as Puerto Rico in general. Javier make the tour comfortable as he is easy to talk to and has a great sense of humor. My wife, daughters, and I highly recommend Javier as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Jeff. It was a big pleasure to serve you. I had a great time with you and your family. Hope to see you again, Javier
Larry WhiteUnited States
Javier was very knowledgeable and adapted the pace to our group. He added many personal touches which were very interesting.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was very cool to spend time with you and your family. Four hours passed by like nothing. Was hoping to talk to you more.
David HerringUnited States
Javier was GREAT! He truly has a passion for the history of Old San Juan. This was the highlight of our trip! If you are thinking of doing one tour, this is the one for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for booking with me. It was a big pleasure to serve you.
Rebecca LoasUnited States
Javier is an excellen tour guide He fit the tour to our interest He made suggestions and then helped us shape our tour He is very well informed about the history of Old San Juan Javier is very proud of his city and it was fun to have him share this pride with us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Rebecca. It was a big pleasure to meet you and serve you.
Stephen F.United States
Javier arrived right on time and had interesting and informative things to say to us as repeat visitors to Old San Juan. He asked what we were interested in seeing and doing and was planning our visit appropriately.
Craig PattisonUnited States
Javier did a great job. He knows the subject matter and adds personal touches. Our group had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. It was a pleasure to serve you and show you around. J.
Ashley DavisUnited States
wow, what can i say about Javier? he is absolutley incredible! my husband & i went on his walking tour of Old San Juan. loved it! he is so knowledgable & passionate about the area & Puerto Rico. he is very easy to talk to. i felt like i was walking & chatting with a long time friend. he gave us recommendations of other tours as well as a fabulous restaurant recommendation. if you want to see Old San Juan, i couldn't imagine a better way to see it than with Javier! he will take great care of you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a big pleasure to walk with you.
All our needs were met on our tour of Old San Juan. We had children with us, Javier also paid attention to them which they enjoyed ! My words probably dont describe how we really felt...but we would give Javier 110%!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you. Am glad you had fun. See you soon, Javier
Pat FlemingUnited States
our tour with Javier was exactly what we wanted to have, a very nice tour of Old San Juan with someone that really new the area and history. Javier has a great knowledge and passion for San Juan. Definitely well worth our time and cost.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Pat, It was a big pleasure to serve you. Javier
Don MunsilUnited States
Javier was fantastic. We had a great time and he took us to everywhere we wanted to go. His enthusiasm was infectious, and we'd absolutely recommend him for anyone who wants a lively and informative tour of San Juan.
Bob CarpenterUnited States
Our tour of Old San Juan was reserved just a few days in advance. Javier was very flexible in arranging and conducting the tour to fit our needs and interests. We thoroughly enjoyed the many sites we saw and the history he told us. I would highly recommend Javier and this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Bob. It was great to serve you and show you around.
Martin KatzUnited States
Javier was exactly what we needed & wanted. His english is fluent, he is personable & funny, and seems to know Puerto Rico & San Juan facts completely. Our foursome was slightly problematic, in that 2 people moved very slowly and 2 were fairly energetic. Javier managed to make both halves comfortable and pleased with his work. We are completely satisfied.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to serve you. Your group was not problematic at all! I had a great time talking with you. You know you have a friend in Puerto Rico.
Johanna HawkinsUnited States
Even though I grew up in Puerto Rico, I have lived in the US for over 16 years and my kids did not know much about the history of their country. I was looking for a tour guide that could both, give me a refresher, and also provide the kids with an introduction to their history. Javier satisfied our needs and more! He is very knowledgeable, flexible and patient. He was willing to work with us in whatever we needed to make the trip pleasant. We had a great time. Thank you, Javier!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a big pleasure to serve you. I had a great time with you and your kids. It was cool to walk into you at the rain forest last week. Keep enjoying Puerto Rico. Stay in touch, Boricua!
Michael OlinUnited States
The tour was a walking tour with Javier. He was kind enough to spend over 3 hours with us on Thanksgiving Day. We really wanted a historical tour of Old San Juan and that is exactly what we got. Javier was very knowledgeable of San Juan's history and presented the information in an interesting manner. The tour was above and beyond our expectations. We highly recommend Javier.
We had a really enjoyable afternoon with Javier. The forts of Old San Juan are really interesting but he really brought the history and the skill of the architecture alive for us. It certainly wasn't a boring history lesson. Our stroll through the town was fun and really allowed us to feel the vibe and energy of the place. We were lucky enough to see dolphins playing in the water off of (need name) and they were the first of the season for Javier, so that was nice too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Killian, It was a big pleasure to spend time with you. It was very cool to see the dolphins!
Joanne BookerUnited States
We had a leisurely stroll about the city setting our own pace and absorbing the culture and history of Old San Juan. With this tour, you will will be treated to sites that would not be seen with a large group. Javier is so knowledgeable and passionate about his country, he is truly an extraordinary person. In the few hours that we spent together he was not only our tour guide, but soon became a new friend. I would highly recommend this to truly experince the culture, flavor and essence of Puerto Rico.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I also consider you a friend, and enjoyed our conversations. The spiritual connection we created is inspiring me to create a "Holistic San Juan Tour". Thank you. Stay in touch!
Kerry KleisnerUnited States
Our tour with Javier was perfect for both adults and all 4 kids...we learned so much, loved Javier's stories and insights and most importantly, had fun!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for booking with me. Will always remember your kid's faces are they were surrounded by pigeons. Come back!
Derek CarsnoUnited States
Javier goes over the top to ensure that you have a wonderful tour. There were many times during the day where he asked us which direction we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. He did not have a set tour that he could not change he was very accommodating. Great tour!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Derek. It was a big pleasure for me to show you around.
Nichole SquiresUnited States
What can I say..Javier loves his town. What a treat to have him as our guide..he has extensive knowledge of his culture and its history. You can see and FEEL his love and passion as he speak about San Juan. Private tour is the way to go...it allows you the freedom to see what interest you. Javier is a great guy and I deel I left behind a friend in San Juan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind words. You are not leaving a friend behind... am sure we'll meet again soon (either here or there). :-)
Elizabeth GilbertUnited States
Javier is personable and extremely knowledgeable about his city, Old San Juan. He promptly met us at our hotel and spent a generous 4 hours walking and talking with us around the town, even hopping the free trolley between forts so we were fresh to explore El Moro and the rest of the town. He gives you an "insider" view and will tailor the tour to your family's or group's needs. My sister wanted the "best" coffee shop, and he delivered! I highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for making me feel like part of your family. Please stay in touch. J. ;-)
Sarah DeerUnited States
The tour by Javier included El Morro and Old San Juan with myself (44ish years old) as well as my two girls ages 12 and 9. We met at 9am and the tour went through lunch where by that time, he asked if we wanted to continue, but we were all both physically and mentally worn out. Javier covered all sorts of facts in El Morro that I could've never remembered to give a most thorough tour and the same is said of the parts of Old San Juan we walked through. I highly advise Tours by Locals and Javier!
Excellent tour, highly recommended. Javier is passionate about Puerto Rico and San Juan and that passion adds depth to the history, sights and sounds.
John PartridgeHenniker, NH, United States
We have used Tours by Locals several times over the years, and this one certainly did not disappoint. Javier was a wonderful guide....well-informed and passionate about his city and Puerto Rico. We learned so much as we walked through San Juan and the forts...enjoyed learning about the history as well as current issues in the city and country. We highly recommend Javier as a tour guide. We hope to return and see him again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
Holly Hosford-DunnUnited States
Javier is an excellent guide. He is well informed, thoughtful, and tailored the tour to our interests and activity level. We would take another tour with him if he were available.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great! Am looking forward to see you on Saturday. :-) J.
Nicole BraskieUnited States
Javier was a very knowledgeable, personable and accommodating tour guide. I would highly recommend! On a port day from a cruise, we had a 4 hour walking tour in OSJ along with our 7 & 9 year olds. Javier was very flexible with our family. Once he understood our 9 year old loved animals and nature, not only did he share his knowledge of the history of OSJ but incorporated nature into the tour. When the kids seemed tired, he suggested we use the trolley. I would take a tour with him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You have a lovely family. It was funny how your daughter took the lead of the tour. :-) Hope to see you again some day.
Wells MartinUnited States
Javier was superb. Very knowledgeable and likable. Easy going, fun, entertaining. He is a world class unicyclist. A healer. Very interesting guy. I would recommend him without hesitation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for sharing that nice day, and thanks for coming back to see my unicycling performance. :-)
Dibbie M.United States
On a recent family trip to Puerto Rico we booked a private walking tour of Old San Juan with Javier R. We enjoyed every minute of our four hours with Javier who customized the tour to what our family was interested in seeing. We would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to discover Old San Juan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you!
I was booked on the a Walking Tour of Old San Juan for Nov. 14th. Due to mechanical problems with my flight, I could not make it. However, 3 of my friends/clients met up with Javier for the tour. By all accounts, they had a wonderful time with Javier. They said he was a wonderful guy, and did a great job. They enjoyed their day. I would rate it 5/5. Thank you, Javier!
Steven BroadyUnited Kingdom
Javier was an awesome guide, he was on time at the meeting place and took us everywhere we asked him to take us, even though we asked him to go to some extra places ! Highly recommended.
Erick WalkerUnited States
Javier was a very knowledgeable, interesting and fun. He made our visit to Old San Juan a very memorable experience. Would highly recommend him.
Tom ReadUnited States
Javier was fabulous!!! Not only does he love Puerto Rico, he knows it very well. We got to know eachother quickly and he did a fantastic job showing us old San Juan. Our children, 16 and 14 really liked him too! Would highly recommend him to anyone that goes to Puerto Rico. Gracias Javier!
Gordon BradwellUnited States
Javier was an excellent guide and very professional. We would gladly recommend him to anyone needing a guide to Old San Juan. Eleanor and Gordon Bradwell
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gordon, Eleonor... it was great meeting you and walking with you. I see myself in you. J.
Norman GibbsUnited Kingdom
5 STARS - Javier is an excellent, knowledgeable guide and I thoroughly recommend him for a tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Norman Gibbs
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Norman. It was great connecting with you. :-)
Ruth ArbuckleUnited States
We were a family of five that had only a short time to see Old San Juan so we booked ToursByLocals and Javier to show us around. Javier did a great job taking us to the highlights of the city and educating us about the history and culture of everything that we saw. This stop was part of a four port stop on a cruise vacation and by far our favorite visit thanks to Javier. He was knowledgeable and accommodating and a nice guy! We would highly recommend Javier as a tour guide. Thanks Javier!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your visit. Am glad you enjoyed San Juan. I had a lot of fun connecting with you and your family. Hope to stay in touch. Javier
Salisa RabinowitzUnited States
Great walking tour, Javier is very nice and knowledgeable about the city. He took us to a local restaurant for lunch which has great food. I wish we could spend more time at the forts, but couldn't do everything in one day. Overall, great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for booking the tour with me, and TBL. I enjoyed showing you around, and talking to you and your kids. We certainly got to see a lot on one day. Happy New Year! J.
Pat MillerBluffton, SC, United States
Javier was very accommodating and knew the history of Old San Juan very well. He made a rainy day in San Juan well worth getting drenched.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was very nice spending time with you and your husband. Am sorry we had such a rainy day. Hope you get better weather conditions next time you come. Merry Christmass, Javier
Frank SmithNorth Port, FL, United States
Javier provided us with a great tour of Old San Juan. Being a resident of the area he was well informed on Old San Juan history as well as everyday life. We felt like we were seeing the area with an old friend who was showing us his home town and not a tour guide. Would highly recommend this tour and Javier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure walking with you! Thank you.