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Altitude advise for Cuzco

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Altitude advise for Cuzco

After a little bit of advice if anyone can help me out...

I have been living just outside Bogota, Colombia for 4 months at about 3000m and have been doing small walks up and down mountains with little to no trouble. I'm heading to Cuzco to meet up with a friend and am a litle bit worried about altitude sickness because everyone goes on and on about it. Due to work committments I can't fly into Cuzco until thursday morning and we leave friday night for a trek from Vilcabamba to Machu Pichu. Do you think I will have trouble aclimatising or should I be ok seeing as I have lived here for as long as I have.

Other than Coca tea is there anything else we should be doing to help combat altitude sickness? Any advice would be very very much appreciated


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1. Re: Altitude advise for Cuzco

I took a Diamox prescription on my recent visit to Peru and had no altitude problems and had only very minor side effects from the medication (ie infrequent tingling in hands & feet that would only last a few minutes)

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2. Re: Altitude advise for Cuzco

I'm no expert, but if you've been living at that altitude for 4 months I'd question whether you would have too much of a problem.

Make sure you drink fluids and eat regularly. Mild symptoms include nausea, diarrhoea and of course headaches so simple remedies for these are useful. Especially if you need to be on top form for your trek.

Coca tea is most definitely an aquired taste! You can also apply the leaves with a good blob of saliva on the reverse side and stick them to your forehead, temples and under you eyes if you are suffering. Leave them for half to one hour until they go black (you really do need to give them a good wetting with saliva) and replace. If you can get munya tea that's another remedy and more palatable than coca. Of course coca sweets are on offer as well and taste ok.

All this worked a treat for me and I went from sea level to Titicaca which is higher than Cusco.

I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time, so enjoy your trip,


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3. Re: Altitude advise for Cuzco

I agree with above, eventhough its the first time I hear about putting the Coca leaves with saliva over yr forehead and temples.

You should have NO problems with aclimatization once you have been leaving in Bogota for so long.

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4. Re: Altitude advise for Cuzco

The coca leaves thing came from a very lovely guide in Puno who applied it to a few people in the group I travelled with and it did seem to help.... the placebo effect maybe but effective!!

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