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What Does It Cost To Live In Major Latin American Cities?

Hello again!

My Latin Life here to give you some insight into the cost of living in major cities throughout Latin America.

Using Expatistan, I’ve compared the cost of living between the most-searched-for big cities on my website to help you decide where to live or travel in Latin America.

Let the showdown begin!

What Does It Cost To Fly Between Major Latin American Cities?

Toward the end of my first jaunt around Latin America, my money started to run out.

I’ll admit it: I planned poorly.

I don’t want this to happen to you.

Below, I’ve made screenshots of typical flight prices between major Latin American cities. Keep in mind that these prices will vary depending on the strength of the dollar and the time of year, but it should still provide you with some context for planning your next trip.

Panama City, Panama – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Often mistaken by Google for Panama City, Florida in my online searches, Panama City is the largest city and capital of Panama. It is an important international financial and commercial hub, and home to one of the largest Carnival celebrations outside of Brazil. Has similar vibe to American cities.

Boquete, Panama – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

The latest hot retirement destination amongst Canadian and American expats. In fact, they make up about 15% of the town’s small population. Geographically, Boquete is quite stunning, with mountains, rivers, orchards, volcanoes, and a wide assortment of wildlife on the hills surrounding it.

The 5 Safest Capital Cities In Latin America

No one is ever going to entirely agree on a “safest cities” list.

First of all, it’s hard to get a read on these things. Official crime statistics simply can’t be trusted in Latin America. I raise my eyebrows in amusement when journalists claim that Mexico City has a lower murder rate than cities like Washington D.C or Boston, erroneously assuming that Mexican law enforcement agencies report murder rates with the same accuracy as American law enforcement agencies. Also, many people in Central and South America don’t bother to report crimes such as robbery (or, in some cases, even murder) because they either don’t trust law enforcement, or they know that law enforcement is so inefficient that the perpetrators are unlikely to ever be caught anyway.

Second, personal experience tends to color perception.

Panama City vs Mexico City: Which City Is Better?

It’s time to go head-to-head once again!

This time, we’ll compare Panama City and Mexico City and determine which is better for visiting or living. In many ways, these two capital cities are similar – they are both modern, they both have a large number of expats and they are both easily accessible from the USA, with a large number of cheap, daily flights from major American cities.

I’ll say right off the bat that both are solid choices for someone looking for an introduction to Latin America.

But there are some differences that you’ll want to consider before choosing either one of these destinations…

My Latin Life’s Best Cities In Latin America

I’ve compiled a list of what I believe to be the best cities for a tourist to visit in Latin America. The list is based on the criteria outlined on my cities guides, so you’ll want to click on the link to the city to get a thoroughgoing breakdown on the destination to find out why it ranked the way it did.