Viejo San Juan

Trip Start May 18, 2007
Trip End May 27, 2007

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Old San Juan is a maze of tight streets that never seem to be going where you are trying to get to.  Parking is a nightmare as we found out, but there is something relaxing about this crowded strip of real estate.  We walked the cobblestone streets searching out art galleries, and other shops of interest.  There is a lot to see in Old San Juan.  We made our way up the hill to the El Morro fort.  The fort is a multi level fortress overlooking the three sides of ocean that lead to San Juan Bay.  The fort was Spanish in origin and was never penetrated, due in part to its 40' thick 100' tall walls.  The United States took their shot at it in the Spanish-American War with no success.  Near the entrance to El Morro is a beachfront cemetary alongside "La Perla", a shantytown haven for criminals.  We stayed away from La Perla at nearly everyone's recommendation.  The following day we met up with Rossano and our other friends at Aventuras for their Canyoning adventure.  We had canyoned in Costa Rica, but this was better.  There were zip-lines, repels, rock climbing, free jumping, swimming behind waterfalls, traversing canyons via rope bridges.  This was an all in one adventure.  It had it all.  Upon our return we zipped over to the Casa Bacardi to catch the last available tour.  We went through the tour,  and learned all about making rum and the role Bacardi has in bringing it's variety to the world.  It is great for any rum drinker.  Afterwards they drop you off in the gift shop, where as hard as you try you seem to find something you cannot live without.  We ended  our trip with a visit to San Cristobal Fort the morning of our flight out.  Just down the beach from El Morro, this fort is equally as impressive,  and the two together made attacks on San Juan a dificult task.  Well it is off to the airport for our long flight home.  Puerto Rico is an intresting place.  It is perfect for the travelers that are not sure about visiting another country because it is very much like the United States with some history and culture of it's own.  It is an expensive place, much like the major cities in the United States.  Budget travel is very hard here.  Now that I have seen all of the history here the main thing that would bring me back would be the Adventures.  But there are many adventures in many places left to try.
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kitkatgo on

Great Pictures!
Thanks for sharing...heading to Puerto Rico next month, nice to see what we are in for. :)

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