Cusco Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness can ruin a trip. We don’t want this to happen to you so in this section we provide information and top tips to spare you the worst of this infliction.
Cusco sits at 3399m/ 11,152ft above sea level and the majority of our treks are located at similar, if not, higher altitudes. Because of this, some guests experience symptoms of altitude sickness as their body adjusts to the change in altitude. A general, but not an exhaustive list of symptoms include: headaches, exhaustion, shortness of breath, rapid pulse, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting.
To help acclimatize to the altitude here in the Andes, we recommend that you get sufficient sleep, drink plenty of water, eat easily-digestible foods, drink coca tea with a little bit of sugar added, and take it easy on physical activity for the first few days. You can also ask your Doctor about the following medications to help with altitude acclimatization: Diamox, Sorochi, and Grovol. All of these medications can be found in Peruvian drugstores.
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