Trio of villages symbolize roots of Panamanian culture

PANAMA CITY -- Mi Pueblito, a reproduction of a colonial town, has two new neighbors: an Afro-Caribbean town and an indigenous village. This trio of cultural attractions is located on the hillside of Cerro Ancon, and all were built by Panama City's city council on land donated by the Inter-Oceanic Regional Authority.

Collectively, the villages will introduce visitors to the culture, traditions and costumes that are part of the Panamanian heritage.

La Casa Miller in the Afro-Caribbean town is a replica of an old wooden house of the type that once sheltered the families of those who labored on the construction of the Panama Canal.

The indigenous village features authentic, thatch-roofed pole houses, a council house, a cook house and an amphitheater for performances of native song, dance and storytelling. The attractions are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and there are restaurants serving typical Panamanian foods on site.

For details, contact the Panama Tourism Bureau in Coral Gables, Fla., at (800) 557-0017 or (305) 857-0130.

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