Machu Picchu, Peru – Altitude Sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness)

by Passrider

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Altitude Sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness)

As Machu Picchu is at high altitude, you must prepare for it in order to not be sick if you are susceptible to altitude sickness.  I met a guy in Lima once who experienced nose bleeds from the high altitude, so be prepared.  Here are some resources for you:

One tip is to give yourself at least 24 hours in Cuzco to acclimatize to the high altitude.  Also, when you get to Machu Picchu, do not run around as you will get out of breath rather quickly.

Here are some of the symptoms as stated by WebMd.com:

  • A headache, which is usually throbbing. It gets worse during the night and when you wake up
  • Not feeling like eating
  • Feeling sick to your stomach. You may vomit.
  • Feeling weak and lazy. In severe cases, you do not have the energy to eat, dress yourself, or do anything.
  • Waking up during the night and not sleeping well
  • Feeling dizzy.

So take some headache medication with you and/or consult your Doctor before embarking on the trip.

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