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5 tips to Avoid Altitude Sickness in the Peruvian Andes


Symptoms of altitude sickness usually develop between 6 and 24 hours after reaching altitudes more than 2,500 meters above sea level and these are similar to those of a bad hangover and include headache, feeling sick, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. 

Believe me, you will be in many places above the altitude that triggers the altitude sickness when you come to Peru. Just to get you the whole picture, the famous Rainbow Mountain located in Cusco is 5,200 m.a.s.l. You don’t wanna miss pictures of yourself in the rainbow mountain right? So better get prepare! 

Here some tips to avoid the high altitude sickness: 


1. Take it easy

Your body needs about two to three days in order to adjust to the changes. Go at your own pace! Don’t try to go too fast or engage in exercise that’s too strenuous for the first 24 hours. 


2. Avoid alcohol 

Alcohol and cigarettes can make altitude sickness symptoms worse. If you want to have a drink try waiting 48 hours to give your body time to adjust before adding alcohol into the mix. 


3. Eat light 

Your body is trying to adjust to the changes, so make it easy for it by avoiding heavy foods and eating light.  Make sure you drink enough water as well! 


4. Drink tea

Usually wherever you go in the Peruvian Andes, locals have a big variety of local teas. Most of the time they have a special drink for altitude sickness such as famous coca leaf tea or muña tea. These hot drinks are highly recommended for “soroche” (altitude sickness in Spanish), plus you might not be able to get it somewhere else , so try them!


5. Acclimate at a lower altitude, and ascend slowly 

This piece of advice sometimes is hard to follow, because it means changing your trip plan. However, this tip allows your body to acclimate at a somewhat lower altitude, and then move to a higher altitude when your body is more used to the altitude. What you can plan ahead in your trip schedule is to start off with the lower altitude places and so on moving to the higher altitudes ones.


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