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El Pueblo de Los Angeles

Macy, Alameda, Spring and Arcadia streets, Los Angeles, CA (Central L.A)
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As featured in Los Angeles for free
Ranked #79 of 368 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, State Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Consisting of forty-four acres, this region is a historical re-creation of a typical Spanish village representing the origins of Los Angeles.
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Battle, United Kingdom
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162 reviews 162 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

A good place to learn about the early history of LA, hear some Mexican music, sample the food and just absorb the atmosphere. The first cemetery and house in LA can be viewed here. There is a lovely old local church to visit. Great for sitting in the sun and watching people. Next to Union Station which is also a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

When vacationing, we like to learn about local history and culture and have fun. In Los Angeles, El Pueblo / Olvera Street was a great place to begin. The visitor's center in the restored Sepulveda house gives insight into the early cultural history of Los Angeles, at least the Spanish, Mexican and American influences. We had not realized how ethnically... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We were attracted to El Pueblo since it was billed as part of LA's (Mexican) origins. And there has definitely been some thoughtful restoration and reconstruction led by a far-sighted lady in the 1930's. It is, however, full of stalls displaying a lot of stuff designed to attract some tourists; and I guess if you want a poncho without the... More

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Sydney, Australia
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

It is good to see this rememberance to the Spainsh settlers. It is often forgotten that the Spainish were in fact the first European settlers to the United States which is no wonder when you travel around and there is nothing left of that period of American history. You go to the East coast and everything is spectactularly preserved or... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Came here with a walking tour of downtown LA. What a cute and quaint little street this is! Filled with the color, sights and smells of Mexico, it contains a market of souvenirs, some delicious Mexican restaurants and some museums. The oldest building in LA is established here. Pleasant place to spend an hour or three.

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Barcelona, Spain
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163 reviews 163 reviews
57 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I didn't really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Mexican market is of course very touristy, but there's lots to see and do - and everything is for FREE. You can visit some of the oldest houses in LA, completely furnished and with a short yet informative explanation about the owners. There's a church, and the... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Get to know the roots of L.A, the origins of the city with a very nice and colorful walk nearby downtown L.A

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Immingham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This was my 4th visit to LA and having 'done' all the glitzy attractions I wanted something a little more cultural. I was staying in Studio City and found it very easy to use the transit system. It was a short walk via Union Station to the area. It is very vibrant and I really enjoyed learning more about the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
57 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I will always come here when coming to LA because it makes me proud to learn about the achievements of my Mexican people. Most of the articles sold here come from Mexico, but I do not buy them because I can get them cheaper in my hometown of Juarez. However, I enjoy the museums, the music, and I like to... More

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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We enjoyed spending an hour or so wandering around this historic area of old Los Angeles. Sure it's touristy but it still has the flavor of Mexico and the first building ever built in LA, that alone was worth coming for. The vibrant colors of the ceramics and woven fabrics, the musical performances and the aromas of Mexican Food cooking... More

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