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El Pueblo de Los Angeles

Macy, Alameda, Spring and Arcadia streets, Los Angeles, CA (Central L.A)
1-213-628-1274
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Ranked #88 of 390 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Grenoble, France
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you were a tourist in Mexico in a small town square you would encounter exactly what you find here. The vendors, the goods, the restaurants the atmosphere all offer a glimpse of Mexico.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Located in downtown LA, this is where the city was founded in 1781 with a mission/church and cemetery. It is worth a stop to learn about the history of LA and you do not have to spend hours. You can see all of the grounds in one hour and there is a parking lot just across the street. You can... More

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was interesting but much more limited than I expected. It was similar to Cozumel, Mexico with the vendors all selling the same things. The history and buildings were interesting. Restaurants were plentiful. The park that we had hoped to enjoy was closed to the public due to an event that was going on. Admission was being charged and the... More

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Okayama, Japan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This place will give you a taste of Mexico without crossing the border. From people singing Mexican music, to the plaza, food, and vendors, I couldn't ask for more. Great little culture experience for those seeking one or those looking for memories of Mexico. You will see homeless on the outskirts of the plaza but where will you not see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My earliest memory of Olvera Street was when I was five years old. My day camp took us here for a field trip. I loved it then and I have always loved this place. I love the little shops with the unique craft items. Kids love this place. I like the historical "first house in Los Angeles" exhibit. One of... More

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I visited the famous El Pueblo de los Angeles, and surrounding touristical places, El Pueblo provides quite a bit of historical information about the foundations of the grand city of Los Angeles, it has many shops stocked with Mexican crraft items such as their candles, now, some of those candles are a work of art, what artristy! The museum representing... More

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Battle, United Kingdom
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63 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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Victoria
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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166 reviews 166 reviews
55 attraction reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
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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273 reviews 273 reviews
220 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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