Medellin vs Panama City

Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 2,427,000 880,691
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish
Level of English Low Low
Main airport Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit January - April, December December - April
Currency COP - Colombian Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $1293 $2359
Rent $732 $1036
Groceries $87 $236
Dining out $131 $371
Cafe $18 $43
Coworking space $96 $157
Mobile internet $16 $21
Public transportation $21 $12
Taxis $14 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $0
Sport and cultural events $8 $35
Museums and sights $9 $9
Nightlife $73 $117
Gym $15 $37
Yoga $54 $163
Massage $20 $75
SIM card options Claro, Tigo Claro, Movistar
Tipping Tip 10% in restaurants 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps EasyTaxi Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats 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 Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 153 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow