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
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.