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San Juan de Ulua Castle Tour
Activities in Veracruz

San Juan de Ulua Castle Tour

  • English English
  • 3 hours

Discover the magnificent castle of San Juan de Ulúa when you take our fantastic guided tour from Veracruz. Over the centuries, this fortress has served as a dock, warehouse, military barracks, high-security prison, and even the seat of the federal government.

San Juan de Ulua Castle Tour

We will meet at 12:30 at the Plaza Acuario square in Veracruz before taking the tram to San Juan de Ulua. When we arrive at this small island, located next to the port of Veracruz, we will begin our fantastic guided tour to discover the secrets of this magnificent 500-year-old fortress.

During the years it served as a prison, San Juan de Ulúa became one of the most notorious places in the country. We will find out what the conditions were like for the prisoners and visit their cells to experience their reality.

You will also hear all about Chucho el Roto and the Mulatto of Córdoba - two legendary inmates of the prison - and the fascinating story behind them.

We will also visit the Tower of San Pedro, where you will enjoy impressive views of the coast and the port. This is the perfect moment to take a beautiful souvenir photograph.

After the guided tour, you will then have approximately 30 minutes free time to explore the fortress before returning to Veracruz.

At 3 pm, we will take the tram back to Plaza Acuario square, arriving in just 30 minutes.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.


Tour in English
Adults Children from 2 to 12 years old Reduced fare Children under 2 years old
US$ 8.50
US$ 6.70
US$ 6.70

Tour in English

  • Adults

    US$ 8.50
  • Children from 2 to 12 years old

    US$ 6.70
  • Reduced fare

    US$ 6.70
  • Children under 2 years old


More Information


3 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


English speaking guide.

Return tram transport.

Entry to San Juan de Ulua.

Not included

Food and drink.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Veracruz).

Digital voucher

We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

    Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


Yes (you must attend with a carer).

US$ 8.50
No hidden fees or surcharges


If you cancel 3 days before the day of the activity, we will refund you 90%. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Plaza Acuario square