San Juan, Puerto Rico
History & Cuisine of San Juan on Foot
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Approximately 3½ Hours
The cuisine of Puerto Rico is among the most flavorful in the world, because its roots lie in the cooking traditions and practices of Spain, Africa and the Taíno Natives.
Discover the magic of the cocina criolla (Creole kitchen) and spice up your day during this exciting cooking and dining experience, where you will taste the rich flavors of Puerto Rico.
Set out from the Old San Juan pier on a walking tour that will acquaint you with the history of the city and detail of Puerto Rican culture. Your guide will lead you through or past important historic sites such as the San Juan Gate, the Princess Pathway and Prison, the Roots Fountain, Museum of Doña Fela, the Rogativa statue, Plaza de Armas and the San Juan Cathedral.
You will also enjoy the shopping district these ancient streets provide, with a chance to purchase Puerto Rican coffee, crafts, jams and spices, designer clothing and jewelry and unique pieces of art. Next up -- the highlight of the tour.
Head to the Mofongo & Mojito culinary demo and dining experience set in a beautiful local restaurant with a charming colonial atmosphere. This is the ideal place to appreciate Latin flavors. The staff will welcome you with delicious Puerto Rican hors d'oeuvres and the renowned chef will demonstrate how to create the famous mofongo -- a must-try for first-time visitors wanting to claim they have sampled the local fare. For locals, it represents a craving that demands to be satisfied early and often. Mofongo is essentially a mashed mound of plantains into which a combination of seafood, meat, or vegetables is added. Savor every bite, and you're halfway to becoming an honorary Puerto Rican when you enjoy the fruits of your own labor.
Wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, a hat and sunscreen. Bring bottled water. Participants must be able to walk over cobblestone streets for approximately 1½ miles. A three-course meal is offered during the culinary portion of the tour.