Larnaca vs Panama City vs Rio de Janeiro

Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 144,900 880,691 6,718,903
Official language(s) Greek Spanish Portuguese
Level of English High Low Low
Main airport Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, October - December December - April January - March, December
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1922 $2372 $1875
Rent $665 $1042 $1090
Groceries $154 $237 $97
Dining out $256 $373 $215
Cafe $55 $43 $26
Coworking space $205 $158 $133
Mobile internet $35 $21 $7
Public transportation $61 $12 $34
Taxis $41 $48 $15
Shared bicycles and scooters $44 $0 $17
Sport and cultural events $28 $35 $56
Museums and sights $8 $9 $26
Nightlife $107 $117 $56
Gym $105 $37 $31
Yoga $103 $164 $41
Massage $53 $75 $32
SIM card options Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Claro, Movistar Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps nTaxi Uber, Tu Chofer Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well.. 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 Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka 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 Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too. 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 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 7 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow