Medellin vs Rio de Janeiro

Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 2,427,000 6,718,903
Official language(s) Spanish Portuguese
Level of English Low Low
Main airport Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit January - April, December January - March, December
Currency COP - Colombian Peso ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted in some places Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1293 $1833
Rent $732 $1066
Groceries $87 $95
Dining out $131 $210
Cafe $18 $25
Coworking space $96 $130
Mobile internet $16 $7
Public transportation $21 $33
Taxis $14 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $16
Sport and cultural events $8 $55
Museums and sights $9 $26
Nightlife $73 $54
Gym $15 $31
Yoga $54 $40
Massage $20 $32
SIM card options Claro, Tigo Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping Tip 10% in restaurants 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps EasyTaxi Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats 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 Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food 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 153 listings on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow