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Santiago, Panama

In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the city of Santiago, located in the middle of the country, roughly halfway between Panama City and the Costa Rican border.

Santiago lies squarely in a major path of progress for the country, and the development is not only visible, it’s palpable. Even just stopping in town for a quick lunch, you’ll immediately feel the energy and upward momentum of this little city.

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For many years there was no reason to visit unless you needed to stop at a restroom on your cross-country drive. Santiago was a place to grab a bite to eat, or a night’s rest before continuing on to the real destination.

That’s no longer the case…

These days, you could more accurately describe the city as the region’s hub— serving as a kind of halfway point between Panama City and the Costa Rican border, still, sure. But it’s grown into so much more than just a rest stop…

Santiago is the bustling capital and the commercial and political center of the Veraguas province, as well as the transportation hub for Central Panama. It is also a university town renowned for training the future teachers of Panama.

This city is developing day by day…

These days, Santiago is no longer an outpost in the middle of nowhere, it’s become a true regional hub in its own right.

In the past you may have had to sacrifice a few amenities living here, traveling to the city for a fast-food fix, or to go on a shopping spree… But with a myriad of shops, restaurants, and service providers, you won’t lack for much living in Santiago nowadays.