An immersive walk around the charming Old Latin Quarter in Panjim. Soak in the rich heritage of a neighborhood described by historian William Dalrymple as a ‘small chunk of Portugal washed up on the shores of the Indian Ocean’, and interact with locals who strive to keep centuries of culture alive to this day.
Discover the untold history of the city of Panjim at Tobacco Square, and hear intriguing tales of the neighbourhood’s former colonial Portuguese residents.
Be transported to a bygone era as we explore painstakingly preserved heritage buildings that have survived the onslaught of development in the 21st century – including the Chapel of Sao Tome and the Panjim Inn. The quaint streets are lined with traditional Portuguese style homes in a palette of striking bright colours, making this every photographer’s paradise.
Visit Panjim’s oldest bakery and have a taste of their traditional Goan treats with a refreshing beverage (subject to the bakery’s operational timings).
Meet with a renowned local Goan musician and enjoy a live performance of his distinctive blend of Konkani and Latin styles.
Support the local economy with a visit to a producer of handcrafted ceramic souvenirs, and take a piece of Goa home with you.
Tasting of traditional Goan sweets & a refreshing beverage.
Visit Indo-Portuguese heritage structures and establishments.
Meeting with a renowned Goan Musician.
Visit a local organic store.
This is a walking trail, and we do not use vehicles inside the Latin Quarter.
Hotel pickups and drops (although this can be arranged at an added cost).
Sightseeing points that fall outside of the curated route.
We do not provide umbrellas, raincoats, hats/caps, face-masks or sanitizers.
Please carry your own water bottle.
We recommend wearing comfortable footwear and using sunscreen.
Please also carry your own umbrella/raincoat or cap/hat/sunglasses (as the weather dictates).
What time does the experience start?
Fixed departure experiences are available from Monday to Saturday at 3:30pm, and on Sundays at 10:00am and 3:30pm. Travellers can also request custom private experiences to be organised at a specified timing between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
How do we reach the meeting point at Panjim Post Office?
The location link will be sent to your mobile along with the details of the walk and the name and contact number of your storyteller.
Is there parking available?
Yes. There is ample parking space in front of the meeting point at the Panjim Post Office.
Can this heritage walk be done using a vehicle?
While we ideally recommend experiencing the Latin Quarter through a walk, we understand that some travellers may have physical limitations. A tour by vehicle can be organised as a special private experience, where we will do our best to ensure that the experience remains as close as possible to the heritage walk.
Is photography permitted?
Yes, photography is permitted in the Latin Quarter. However, while doing so travellers must take care not to trespass on private property and respect the privacy of local residents.
Will we be entering any private heritage homes?
Yes, but only for private tour bookings. The experience will include a visit to a heritage home, with the owner hosting us for a tour of the house.
Can we consume beer / other alcoholic drinks during the heritage walk?
No. It is not recommended to consume alcohol during the heritage walk. However, once the heritage walk has been completed, our storytellers would be happy to recommend local spots for a drink. Alternatively, you can book our Goan Feni & Tapas Experience for a more immersive experience on local Goan cocktails and cuisine.
Where can we buy traditional Goan Azulejo tiles?
We will pass by two local stores - Velha Galleria and Teravida - during our heritage walk. Both stores take orders for Azulejo tiles and ship them too.
Do we need to wear face masks?
It is mandatory to wear face masks, use sanitizers and maintain social distancing in all public spaces.
Are Covid-19 protocols followed during the heritage walk?
All Covid-19 safety precautions will be taken by us. Our Storytellers are all double vaccinated, wear face masks, maintain social distance and avoid physical contact. All enclosed spaces will be sanitized by us.
Are washrooms available?
There are a few cafes / restaurants around the meeting point where washrooms can be used with permission form the management. Washrooms in Panaji Residency managed by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation can also be used.
All our tour presenters and hosts will be wearing a face mask.
We will avoid physical contact with guests like handshakes.
We will be serving refreshments / meals (if applicable) in places that follow hygiene and sanitary guidelines approved by Make It Happen.
All enclosed spaces will be sanitized.
Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
If we cancel the experience due to unavoidable circumstances, then a full refund will be processed.
For groups sizes of 15 and above, refund upon cancellation will be provided if cancellation is done 7 days prior to the booking date of the experience.