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El Pueblo de Los Angeles

Address: Macy, Alameda, Spring and Arcadia streets, Los Angeles, CA (Central L.A)
Phone Number: 1-213-628-1274
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Ranked #79 of 308 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, State Parks, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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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1,233 reviews 1,233 reviews
797 attraction reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This attraction is tacky, touristy and, imho, highly overrated. I have never once taken an out of town visitor here, nor would I. It would be too embarrassing.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
40 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is situated across the road from Union Station. The free tour was very long at 55 mins and the material boring although the docent was very engaging and friendly. We loved browsing the stores with traditional mexican clothing, souvenirs, decor and other goods. There are numerous restaurants offering authentic fare and all the staff are dressed up in traditional... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I been here a lot throughout my life. On weekends can get quite busy and there will be a lot to see. Ok deals can be had at the little carts and shops. Some places over charge for food. Parking is a little tricky and will cost no matter where you try. Overall Olivera st. Is a historic landmark and... More

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Grenoble, France
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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199 reviews 199 reviews
63 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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