Sometimes, traveling can quite literally take you to new heights. Here, find some tips to help you prepare for a tour that visits high-altitude destinations like Cuzco or Machu Picchu in Peru.
Talk to your doctor before you go
Let him or her know where you’ll be traveling and ask about the symptoms you may experience, which may include small bouts of nausea, headaches or shortness of breath. You may be able to get medication for altitude sickness before you go.
Let yourself adjust
When you arrive in a location with a higher elevation above sea level than what you’re used to, take it easy. Let your body get accustomed to the change slowly and avoid any strenuous activity for the first day or so after you arrive.
Pay attention to your diet
Carbohydrates are easy to digest and help keep your energy up. Plan to regularly eat meals with plenty of bread, potatoes, vegetables or rice, which are all common in Peruvian cuisine.
Try coca leaves from the valleys of Cuzco
Associate Photo Editor Christie learned a helpful remedy from locals on while on our Peru: The Amazon & Culture of Lake Titicaca tour. Coca leaves are natural, high-calcium and vitamin-rich energizers—you can drink them in tea, chew on the leaves, or even eat candies to help settle your stomach.
It’s always important to drink plenty of water on tour, and is essential when acclimating to a new altitude.
Have you ever traveled to Machu Picchu? Share your tips for adjusting to a change in altitude below.