Austin vs Bogota vs Panama City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Population 926,426 10,978,360 880,691
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, December December - April
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) COP - Colombian Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1071 $2372
Rent $1650 $469 $1042
Groceries $243 $80 $237
Dining out $396 $170 $373
Cafe $66 $21 $43
Coworking space $331 $75 $158
Mobile internet $40 $11 $21
Public transportation $110 $22 $12
Taxis $73 $27 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $16 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $22 $35
Museums and sights $11 $7 $9
Nightlife $124 $45 $117
Gym $62 $14 $37
Yoga $139 $55 $164
Massage $89 $36 $75
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Tigo, Movistar, Claro Claro, Movistar
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% service included in all bills, not required or expected at bars without table service 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Cabify Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Latin American. Dishes with beef, pork and chicken are often mixed with flour-based foods and fruity desserts. Heavy influence from the Andes and other Colombian regions. Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Arepas, ajiaco santaferense, buรฑuelos, patacones, tรฉ de coca, changua Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Local family restaurants and those from other regions. Menรบ del dรญa. Community markets and sports bars. Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 104 options on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow