Would you recommend a walking guided tour in Old San Juan? Is it worth it? Or I can cover the area on my own? I have half day in the afternoon in that area on a weekday.
San Juan is very safe, you can do it on your own. Just do it best at daytime and be cautious like any other country in the world don't be wondering around in secluded areas late at night. Avoid la Perla, it's not a tourist area. It's been a hype lately but it's not a place to go and wonder on your own or without knowledge of the place and their rules.
It's very easy to do by yourself & you get to pick the route as well as points of interest. Download an online tourist map. Stop by one of the tourist offices for a free map and help with any questions.
It's easy just yo wander around by yourself at your own pace but if you want something organized consider one of the food tours in OSJ - they typically cover the history and also give you an insight into the local foods
We found this self guided tour, "Old San Juan: Let the city's buildings tell you their stories on an audio tour" via VoiceMap. It's less than $6 and looks to hit all the major sights. We are going to try it later this month:
"Talking Buildings" is a first-person account of the historic buildings of Old San Juan. Created by the Saint John's School 6th grade Social Studies class of 2022, this self-guided audio walking tour will take you on a journey through time, from the 16th century to modern-day.
This is great, thank you for all the suggestions!
Do it on your own. It's very easy to do.
ddthomas3, I'm so impressed by the student made audio walking tour that you suggested. I'm tempted to do it when I go early July. (I'd been considering one of the free tours offered by civitatis.com). If you do use it and get a chance, I'd really appreciate it if you could do a quick post about how it was in hindsight. No worries if you don't get to it. (The link is below in case anyone else is interested in taking a look). Thank you!
@ddthomas3 We used this today and it was amazing!! Highly recommend! You can just stick your phone in your pocket and go...it will tell you where to turn. When to stop. Etc. Loved listening to the students tell the stories.Edited: June 07, 2021, 6:42 am
That's great Carrie! Thanks for letting us know! I will plan on doing it : )
*A couple of streets were closed so we had to do some backtracking, but it wasn’t an issue other than some extra walking. 😉 Just follow the map (you’ll be using GPS in VoiceMap while you take the tour) and you can get back on track!