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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 #68 of 385 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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Okayama, Japan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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191 reviews 191 reviews
62 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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19 reviews 19 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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161 reviews 161 reviews
54 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 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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249 reviews 249 reviews
202 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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68 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
98 helpful votes 98 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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