La Perla is a community right by the historic structures of Viejo San Juan. The houses sit in a slope sandwiched between the raging Atlantic Ocean and the centuries-old cobblestone road leading to El Morro, a Spanish-era fortress. Together with a friend, we coursed through the narrow streets and took pictures of the graffiti and mural painted on the walls. I took the liberty to take pictures for posterity’s sake, before these street scenes get painted over.
What remains of Casa de los Peluches, a building across La Perla
Surfboards Somewhere in Old San Juan
Siempre Maria Bike in Old San Juan
Street artists painted murals and graffiti on the walls and houses. Here below are some of their obras:
At the end of the road is the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery. In this cemetery, Reba Stewart’s tomb has become a pilgrimage site of sorts for tourists, artists, and pagans because of its unusual design. Some Puerto Ricans call her tomb, La Tumba de la Bruja or the Tomb of the Witch. Reba Stewart was an American-born artist who had spent time studying Taino art and symbols. The fortress at the back is El Morro, one of the oldest Spanish fortresses in the world. For more info about Reba Stewart and the popular belief surrounding her, please click here and here.
Reba Stewart’s Tomb
Local kids posing with the tomb