Mi Pueblito is a very touristy park with replica traditional towns from Panama’s main ethnic groups. It’s located at the base of Cerro Ancón. If you can’t make it out of Panama City, this is an interesting way to see how Panamanians live rural areas and the construction styles each ethnic group uses.
Mi Pueblito is definitely a cheesy tourist trap but it didn’t seem to be trapping many tourists. Maybe it would have been better if I wasn’t the only visitor there. It seemed like a ghost town and none of the employees seemed too interested in taking my money. Only the women running the souvenir shops were aggressive. Admission is US$3 and it’s open from 9am to 9pm. A taxi from Albrook cost me US$3.
There are three main “towns”. The first shows a mestizo village complete with school, barber shop, and church.
Next is an Afro-Antillean village with its beautiful architecture. I was able to have a fresh juice and ice cream in the small café in this village. None of the shops were open.
Finally is an indigenous village with huts made of wood and straw.
Overall, it’s probably better not to waste your time here. I spent an hour wandering through the village and the only useful thing I did was buy a few gifts at the souvenir shops. You can buy much of the same at Paseo de Las Bóvedas in Casco Viejo.