Medellin vs Playa del Carmen vs Sofia

Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 2,427,000 259,453 1,270,169
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Low Moderate High
Main airport Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit January - April, December January - May, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency COP - Colombian Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1262 $2138 $1265
Rent $714 $921 $556
Groceries $85 $126 $10
Dining out $128 $207 $223
Cafe $17 $42 $27
Coworking space $94 $160 $137
Mobile internet $15 $21 $10
Public transportation $20 $17 $29
Taxis $14 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $49 $39
Sport and cultural events $8 $96 $18
Museums and sights $8 $216 $12
Nightlife $71 $77 $80
Gym $15 $42 $23
Yoga $52 $54 $61
Massage $20 $101 $29
SIM card options Claro, Tigo Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping Tip 10% in restaurants 10-15% for restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps EasyTaxi N/A TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 153 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow