Austin vs Panama City vs Rio de Janeiro

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
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Population 926,426 880,691 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November December - April January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2372 $1875
Rent $1650 $1042 $1090
Groceries $243 $237 $97
Dining out $396 $373 $215
Cafe $66 $43 $26
Coworking space $331 $158 $133
Mobile internet $40 $21 $7
Public transportation $110 $12 $34
Taxis $73 $48 $15
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0 $17
Sport and cultural events $54 $35 $56
Museums and sights $11 $9 $26
Nightlife $124 $117 $56
Gym $62 $37 $31
Yoga $139 $164 $41
Massage $89 $75 $32
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Claro, Movistar Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Tu Chofer Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
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. 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow