Panama City vs Porto vs Rio de Janeiro

Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 880,691 237,559 6,718,903
Official language(s) Spanish Portuguese Portuguese
Level of English Low Very High Low
Main airport Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit December - April May - September January - March, December
Currency PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $2359 $1759 $1833
Rent $1036 $717 $1066
Groceries $236 $148 $95
Dining out $371 $280 $210
Cafe $43 $45 $25
Coworking space $157 $96 $130
Mobile internet $21 $21 $7
Public transportation $12 $95 $33
Taxis $48 $25 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $10 $16
Sport and cultural events $35 $45 $55
Museums and sights $9 $24 $26
Nightlife $117 $66 $54
Gym $37 $56 $31
Yoga $163 $82 $40
Massage $75 $48 $32
SIM card options Claro, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Tu Chofer Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not 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. A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts. 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 Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars 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 7 options on HappyCow 46 options on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow