Panama City vs Rio de Janeiro vs Valencia

Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
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Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 880,691 6,718,903 834,000
Official language(s) Spanish Portuguese Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Low Low Moderate
Main airport Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Galeรฃo International Airport Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit December - April January - March, December March - June, September, October
Currency PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2372 $1875 $1938
Rent $1042 $1090 $853
Groceries $237 $97 $143
Dining out $373 $215 $287
Cafe $43 $26 $41
Coworking space $158 $133 $149
Mobile internet $21 $7 $15
Public transportation $12 $34 $37
Taxis $48 $15 $41
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $17 $30
Sport and cultural events $35 $56 $72
Museums and sights $9 $26 $43
Nightlife $117 $56 $64
Gym $37 $31 $34
Yoga $164 $41 $85
Massage $75 $32 $44
SIM card options Claro, Movistar Tim, Claro, Vivo Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Tu Chofer Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros. Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local 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. Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 7 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow