Health

Altitude Sickness

In a country where almost one third of the territory is located over 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) above sea level, it should not come as a surprise that the altitude is something you may want to keep in mind. Almost 70% of the visitors to Peru will only feel some minor discomforts when arriving to high altitude for the first time and these discomforts can be headaches, shortness of breath, less appetite and perhaps some small stomach issues. In order to avoid having serious issues with the altitude we recommend the following guidelines;


Take it easy for the first 24 hours

at altitude -- don’t overexert yourself and don’t go any higher.

Avoid alcohol

tobacco and sleeping pills. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of wate.

This is particularly

important if you’re arriving by plane.

Drink coca tea or chew coca

leaves upon arrival at altitude and during your stay.

Eat high-carbohydrate foods

(such as pasta, potatoes and bread).

Medication is also an option

Acetazolamide is the most common type of “soroche pill". But they are no substitute for proper acclimatization.