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What are good countries in Latin America for dental work?


by @rudiments | 5yr  | 4 comments

Hello,

My wife and I are bicycle touring from the USA to Patagonia and for the second time on this trip my lousy teeth have come around to bite me in the ass (pun intended, obv). Itโ€™s not as bad as the previous time, just a chipped crown, so it can wait a bit, so Iโ€™d like to know if anyone has any recommendations for Latin American countries that are good places to get dental work done from a price vs. quality/cleanliness standpoint. If you know any specific outstanding dentist somewhere, that would be great too!

Mexico is a great place for dental work and I got a tooth rebuilt there for a good price, but now Iโ€™m in El Salvador and heading south, so Mexico is off the table.

Thanks for your input.

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@whereskristin | 5yr

I agree with @ryanleonard1989

CR has a great dental and medical tourism industry. Panama is also good for that.

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I had a lot of dental work done in Costa Rica for a very low price. The dentist I went to was probably not the best, but itโ€™s been two years and my fillings have held up.

Costa Rica is a known โ€œmedical tourismโ€ location and a ton of people from the USA and Canada fly down specifically for dental work. The cost is low and the dentists are trained in the US often times.

Funny, I was also in El Salvador when I decided to go back to Costa for dental work.

Also, another great thing is if you contact some dentists ahead of time, thereโ€™s a good chance you can go in as soon as you get into country and have what you need done on the first visit, maybe the second, depending on whatโ€™s involved.

The main city, San Jose, is where I had mine done.

Hope that helps!

Peace,
-Ryan

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@rudiments | 5yr

Cool, thanks for the info. I was thinking about Costa Rice because weโ€™ll be staying with a friend in San Jose for a bit and could probably spend a bit more time if needed, but Iโ€™m also wondering about Colombia.

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@andreadardon | 5yr

Iโ€™m Guatemalan and dental care there is good and cheap, and you donโ€™t need social security or anything, you just show up. In Antigua, especially, there are dentists that speak English so itโ€™s easier for travelers and expats. You can find good professional dentists with great equipment and everything. My dentist is great, but sheโ€™s in Guatemala City.

I imagine El Salvador must be very similar. I would look up nearby dentist offices and give them a call!

Good luck :slight_smile:

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Currently in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and heading to Santa Teressa, Costa Rica next week.
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by @rose_davis | 1yr 1 year ago | 7 comments

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I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

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Hi Guys,
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Iโ€™ve been searching through the forum, but most of the information Iโ€™ve found seems a little old and Americans, unfortunately, seem to be exceptions to a lot of things.

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Hi everyone,

If you have a U.S. tax question or would like some U.S. tax insight on your business/structure, ask away!

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in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @chelocoach | 3yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

Hi experienced nomads!

Iโ€™ve been nomading around SE Asia, HK and China for the last 4 to 5 months. Iโ€™ve been moving a lot and now I need to settle down for 3 months to finish some work. So the idea is to be in a stimulating city where I can find nomads, start-ups, self growth, self improvement, spirituality environments.
I already been for one month in Chiang mai, and liked it a lot in this respect, but wanted to try somewhere new, so was thinking to go to Ho Chi Minh or Bali. As I will be working mainly most of the time, the idea is not to spend much this three months, so my idea is to spend around 1200usd per month.

Would appreciate any opinions on this.

Best place to sit down and work for three months on a 1200usd budget a month?

Thnx :slight_smile:

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Hey guys โ€” Iโ€™m looking for the best cheap places to be a digital nomad in Central and South America. Priority list: 1) cheap 2) social 3) strong internet. Iโ€™m in debt and need to cut my cost of living as low as possible. But hey, I still have to live it up. THanks!

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by @damian692 | 3yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

I am deep in the search from Mexico to Barbados, Cayman Islands to Columbia.

Anyone know of a hostel with good internet on the beach or a co-living house happening?

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by @justinbosco | 3yr 3 years ago | 1 comment

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by @chelocoach | 4yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Hi! Hola!

the rules are to post in english, soโ€ฆ

Iโ€™ve seen much information on blogs, youtube etc, from Americans or 1st world country people. But the information Iโ€™ve seen from Latin people is most than anything backpackers, and I would like to know the experience of Latin nomads, since I think there maybe some issues that are different, like racism and that earning an Developed Country equivalent income is way more challenging. And when English is not your native language, trying to understand a Chinese or Indi people speaking english, may be a nightmare.

I would like to know the experience of the Latin people on becoming a nomad and if you feel there is any difference or special barrier to overcome, and how did you faced them.

would appreciate any comments :slight_smile:

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Is carrying around my laptop in a backpack every day safe in South America?


by @skarabox | 4yr 3 years ago | 9 comments

Hello everyone, I usually carry my laptop in my day backpack, walk around the town in my home country (Poland) and work in coffee shops / shopping centers, other quiet places I find or like.

My question is, how would carrying around my laptop on myself every day around the town work in practice in those places in terms of safety in South America.

I prefer to travel by a city communication than taxis and like to walk around too, but my concern is that I will get blatantly robbed with a gun or knife in a side street and lose my whole backpack with a laptop.

If anyone living in those cities could share their experience about how likely this situation is to occur, as obviously being white and foreign will make me stand out in the first place.

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Anyone (almost) exclusively traveling in Latin America?


by @danielaf | 4yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Is there anyone around who spends most of their time in Latin America? After short trips to Peru earlier this year, Iโ€™ve now come back to Lima to stay for another three months and will then head to Buenos Aires. Lima will be kind of my home base but I aim to explore as much as possible of Latin America in the next couple of years. No interest in Asia, Africa or North America and no intention to go back to Europe.

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