Santiago de Veraguas is the capital of the Panamanian province Veraguas. Santiago is located in southern Veraguas near the provincial border with Herrera. The city has approximately 60,059 people according to the Panama 1990 Census. Santiago is one of the oldest settlements in Panama. The population as of December 2008 is estimated to be 75,000 and growing. Santiago is a friendly, safe city with nice people. Great ambiance, great food and is in the route of different ecological reserve , like Santa Fe national park, las Colomas Eco-resort,Cerro Hoya national park, Coiba national park Santiago is known in Panama for its "Escuela Normal".