Old San Juan Heritage Foundation, LLC was founded on March 2017, formerly incorporated as Old San Juan Heritage Walking Tours, Inc. as a socially responsible not for profit enterprise whose Mission is to become the premier Cultural Heritage and Community Sustainable Tour Operator in Puerto Rico, with the purpose of connecting with the Diaspora and creating a cultural psychology that we are One Nation for the betterment of all. The Foundation welcomes all Good Neighbors to experience and appreciate Old San Juan as the Cradle of Hispanic Heritage in The New World. Through its humanitarian tours, community and sustainable economic development initiatives the Foundation seeks to enhance the Puerto Rico experience for tourist and residents while contributing to the improvement of the economic status of the residents and businesses located in “La Isleta”, which includes the communities of Old San Juan, La Perla and Puerta de Tierra.
Tourism is one of the key economic engines in Puerto Rico that paves the road to economic opportunity and stability for all, especially those located in the Tourist zone who have historically not benefitted. Accordingly, we welcomed Governor Cuomo from NY to open their tourism and trade offices on our headquarters at Calle San Francisco 260. Thereafter the Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation decided to take the strategic and unconventional road by relocating their offices and directing their philanthropy efforts to the purchase and rehabilitation of a 5,000sq. ft. building located in the heart of La Perla, an OSJ community. La Perla abuts the OSJ tourist zone and is where historically OSJ poor people live alongside the haves. It is the Gateway Community between El Morro and San Cristobal which are part of the San Juan National Historic Site, the Caribbean’ # 1 Tourist destination site. La Perla is rich with history, home to the oldest cemetery, an oceanfront community accessed by few and appreciated by even fewer due to its notorious fame as a major drug distribution center. The Community of La Perla has decided to open its oceanfront doors to Tourism to share its proud history, culture and privileged location with The World. The foundation has worked alongside the PR Tourism Company on the development of a tour and the education of the community to be included in the tourism economy. The results are we have been approved by the Community Council of La Perla and the Tourism Company to conduct a first ever tour.
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