Altitude sickness is known as “Soroche” or “mountain sickness” in Peru. It’s an organic reaction to the lack of oxygen when climbing at highlands. Travelers should be prepared and stay well if they are doing a simple trek, a ride, or climb in mountainous areas. Generally, the effects of mountain sickness are felt more than 2,500 meters above sea level.
In some regions such as Junín, Ayacucho, Apurímac, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco, Pasco, Huancavelica, Huánuco, Cajamarca and Amazonas, there are many mountains, snow-capped peaks, historic sanctuaries in elevated areas, elevated Andean valleys, viewpoints, Ancestral Andean churches, and the Punas.
One of the most frequented regions by national and international travelers is Cusco. When arriving, many plan to go to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and do not prepare their tours correctly.
You must take consideration certain precautions:
When you reach a high altitude region, the first thing you must do is to acclimatize yourself.
Avoid eating any difficult to digest meal.
Avoid carbonated drinks or sodas. Stick to water.
Avoid taking pills for headaches. Coca tea (natural coca leaf) without sugar will help.
Bring lemon candy for the route.
Ask a doctor if you are willing to take Soroche pill or Glucose tablets.
Remember that the Trip is the Destination, Enjoy it!