9 Tips For Acclimating In Cusco, Peru So You Don't Get Altitude Sickness
As a New Yorker who went from 33 ft above sea level to 11,200 ft above sea level, it's a miracle I survived Cusco illness-free.
So you're going to Cusco! Or considering it, I assume. Maybe you're planning to hike Machu Picchu or Rainbow Mountain. Or maybe you just want to see some llamas and alpacas.
Well, I just went to Cusco, and while I nearly passed out from hiking Machu Picchu, I surprisingly didn't get altitude sickness! It's actually pretty unpredictable if you'll get it or not, but there are some things you can do to help acclimate!
First of all, WTF is altitude sickness and is it really that bad?
So how high is Cusco, actually?
Basically, you do NOT want to get altitude sickness. Especially if you're planning to hike and explore. So here are some tips on how to avoid or help with high elevation.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Please make an appointment with your doctor if you have legitimate concerns before traveling to high elevations.