At the very moment that you land in Cusco, you can feel that you have arrived at a very special place.
Located in the Central Andes, the capital of the Inca Empire will welcome you among large meadows, brick dwellings and smiling faces willing to show you everything that this magical place has to offer.
And among these novelties, it is normal to suddenly perceive yourself with a faster palpitation and a more intense breathing. Yes, it may be in part due to the thrill of having landed in the area where a new civilization was created, but it can also be due to height.
Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,399 meters above sea level, and to avoid the so-called "altitude sickness", we advise you to consider the following recommendations:
- Do not eat very heavy the day before traveling to Cusco.
- Make sure you take between 6-8 glasses of water the days before your trip and during your stay in Cusco.
- Once you arrive at your hotel, lay down a few minutes before exploring the city.
- Drink Coca Tea, most hotels offer it for free at the reception of their facilities. You can also buy lemon candies.
- Once you are ready to go out and tour the city, try not to agitate yourself while walking or going up stairs. The best thing is to enjoy with calm and consideration every corner of Cusco.
It is a good thing to know that in the city of Aguas Calientes (also called Machu Picchu Pueblo) the altitude descends to 2,040 m.a.s.l., and in the sanctuary of Machu Picchu the height increases slightly to 2,430 m.a.s.l. However, by this time of the trip your body should have adapted more easily to the height.
If you take into considerations all these tips, you will settle perfectly to the height and will be able to enjoy your experience to the maximum while going through the Sacred Valley in our trains and visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu.