Reed Travel Features
SAN JUAN -- Tourists trying to wend their way through the maze
of the narrow cobblestone streets, fortress walls, plazas and
pocket parks of Old San Juan have some help now -- and an option to
the hard-to-figure-out, hard-to-fold tourist map.
Colonial Adventure at Old San Juan, which opened in late 1995,
conducts walking tours of -- and only of -- Old San Juan.
Company owner Maria Pla, formerly a seven-year employee of the
Caribe Hilton and a veteran of the tourism industry, got the idea
for her firm from her mother, who saw far too many lost and weary
tourists trying to decipher the puzzle of Old San Juan.
Colonial Adventure offers several customized excursions,
including a sunset tour for $16 per person, a photography outing
for $18 per person and a $20-per-person circuit of Old San Juan's
According to Pla, the most popular tour thus far is the $20,
ney Through History program, which features El Morro and Casa
Blanca Museum, among other sites.
Most of the tours are an hour long and depart from Colonial
Adventure's office at 201 Recinto Sur at 9:30 a.m. and at 2
Another meeting spot, geared to the convenience of cruise
passengers, is the Pink House next to Pier No. 1 on the
The tours are conducted by certified tour guides in English or
Pla emphasized that the programs can be customized, depending on
"We will take individuals, groups, families, travelers in
wheelchairs and anyone who wants to see Old San Juan," she
Brochures detailing the various programs and services can be
found in most hotel lobbies in Puerto Rico.
For information and reservations, call the firm at (787)