Costa Rica - Most-Visited Nation For Dental Treatments

Costa Rica's Rio Celeste Waterfall

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Costa Rica is on the land bridge between North and South America, with Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast. The Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea add stunning coastlines to a country already rich in natural resources. The decision to abolish the army in 1949 released funds that contributed to it becoming the top Latin-American country in terms of human development. The heterogeneous population of 4.5 million benefits from a constitutional democracy, governed by a president and a single-chamber parliament.

Rugged mountain ranges separate the coastal plains to east and west. These include over a hundred volcanic cones of which several are still active. The territory also includes several islands. A quarter of the landmass forms part of a natural conservation system. Although Costa Rica lies within the tropics, it has varying microclimates according to elevation and topography. The summer dry season lasts from December through to April, followed by a moist period for the rest of the year. 

Mexico - An Enigmatic Dental Destination

Mexico's Mayan Ruins 

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Mexico shares its frontier to the north with the United States, while to the south and west it borders on the Pacific Ocean. To the southeast lie Guatemala, Belize and the Caribbean Sea, while on the east side lies the Gulf of Mexico. It is a Federation of States with executive, legislative and judicial separation. A President presides over a Senate and Chamber of Deputies. The population is a blend of Indigenous peoples and European migrants. 82% of the population is Roman Catholic.

The Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental mountain ranges traverse a vast country from north to south three times the size of Texas. Much of north and central Mexico are at elevations of up to five thousand feet. North of the Tropic of Cancer, a temperate climate brings cooler winter temperatures. By contrast, the lower-lying southern region experiences warmer winters and summer hurricanes.