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Walking Tour of Olvera Street and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

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You don't have to travel to Tijuana to get a taste of Old Mexico; there's a clean, nicely packaged slice of Mexican California right in Downtown LA at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument also known as Olvera Street. Technically, El Pueblo encompasses the whole block of historic buildings, and Olvera Street is the named alley that was turned into a pedestrian Mexican Marketplace that runs down the middle of the block, but the terms are often used interchangeably. The entire area is usually referred to as Olvera Street.

The famed Mexican Marketplace with its colorful old world feel was created in 1933 as a way to preserve the surrounding historic buildings, including the oldest structure in Los Angeles, the Avila Adobe ranch house, now squeezed between a couple later brick buildings halfway down Olvera Street.

Olvera Street is conveniently located across the street from LA's historic Union Station, so it's easily reached by public transportation. Parking in the immediate area can be quite expensive, but their are less pricey options across North Spring Street in Chinatown.

Click through the photos to take a virtual walking tour of the attractions at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

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