High altitude sickness in Cusco, tips for good acclimatization

One of the most important factors to take into account, during the trip to Cusco, is acclimatization. Before making any trip through the mountains or the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is highly recommended to accustom the body to the change of temperature and not suffer altitude sickness in Cusco.

The adaptation to the changing climate of the city of Cusco is extremely important, if your plans are to travel roads at great heights such as the Salkantay tour to Machu Picchu, which reaches a maximum altitude of 4572 masl.

In ascent of mountains, quite high, there is the uncertainty of whether we will be able to acclimatize well to the altitude, or not. If our physical state will respond as it should.

Some advice will help you during your trip to the city of Cusco, for it is necessary to take into account the place of origin of the tourist.

Some activities that help to acclimatize and not suffer altitude sickness in Cusco

We must understand that there is no magic or scientific formula to acclimatize, prepare the body, as each person (tourist) has their own conditions and times to adapt to a changing climate environment such as Cusco.

The following list contains the activities and tea infusions most recommended for acclimatization and preparation before an adventure to the most beautiful mountains of Cusco.

– The famous coca tea.
– Muña Mate
– Gymnastics, physical preparation.
– To visit the main tourist centers of the city on foot (city tour).
Special massages.

It should be noted that the remedies and activities mentioned are only ways to help acclimatize the body. The most recommendable thing is, that the visitor stays a couple of days in the city of the cusco before going out to his adventures.

Important advices during a ascent to a mountain or long walk.

  • Eat lightly and avoid consuming fats.

Do not eat too heavy food at the beginning or during the trip. Keep in mind that fats hinder blood flow and cause problems during rapid ascents.

  • Keep your body well hydrated.

It is best to drink 4-5 litres of water a day. Staying hydrated results in a better acclimatization process and a better response of the body to extreme heat situations.

  • Make small ascents a couple of days before making the great adventure.

If it is possible, at least a couple of days before, do some high altitude trekking.

In Cusco you will find infinity of short adventures with walks of only one day and of very modest costs.

  • Do not demand too much from us during the ascent or walk.

It is highly recommended to maintain an adequate rate of ascent. The guides of tourism are very experienced in that, they know when their companions need a rest or help.

Do not worry if you are not a professional climber, after all, what matters is to enjoy your trip, so you can ask for rest or help whenever you want.

These are just a few important tips to keep in mind about acclimatization and altitude sickness in Cusco. Remember that each person has their own rhythm and what matters is to enjoy their adventures in Inca lands.

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