A Three-Day Los Angeles Itinerary for Latino Culture

Girl dancing at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Photo courtesy of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Facebook

The past, present and future of Los Angeles have been shaped by the rich diversity of its cultures. Nearly half of L.A.'s residents can trace their roots to Latin American origins, from Mexico and Peru to El Salvador and Costa Rica. Each year from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, Angelenos and visitors of all backgrounds celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the cultural heritage and traditions of the Latino population.

Los Angeles was officially founded on Sept. 4, 1781, centuries after European explorers first arrived in the region in 1542. The cradle of L.A. is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a historic district located in the oldest section of the city. The area includes landmarks such as Los Angeles Plaza, La Placita Church, and Olvera Street, the lively outdoor Mexican marketplace where visitors can find anything from handmade leather goods to custard filled churros.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to experience L.A.’s vibrant and diverse cultures. The following three-day guide explores historic and modern Latino culture in Downtown, then takes you west to Museum Row and West L.A.

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6060 Wilshire Blvd.
90036 Los Angeles , CA
125 Paseo de la Plaza
90012 Los Angeles , CA
Free
555 W. Temple St.
90012-2707 Los Angeles , CA
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
90015 Los Angeles , CA
8009 Beverly Blvd.
90048 Los Angeles , CA
Pricy
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
90024 Los Angeles , CA
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245
90015 Los Angeles , CA
118 WEST 4TH ST.
90013 Los Angeles , CA
Moderate
125 Paseo de La Plaza
90012 Los Angeles , CA
10 E Olvera St.
90012 Los Angeles , CA
453 Colyton St
90013 Los Angeles , CA
1238 E Olympic Blvd
90021 Los Angeles , CA
501 N. Main St.
90012 Los Angeles , CA
Free
317 S. Broadway
90013 Los Angeles , CA
Free
1050 S Flower St, Ste 102
90015 Los Angeles , CA
Expensive