Hostal Llipimpac

Limacpampa chico 400, (segundo patio), Cusco, Peru
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altitude sickness

by kalanovicsattila

Hi Friends,

We will travel from Lima To Arequipa first and stay there two days. After we fly to JUliaca and stay there two days and after we fly to Cusco for additional two days.

What is Your advice avoid the high altitude sickness?

Re: altitude sickness

by poppajon

depends on where your comming from and your own body. they sell these bottles of "oxy shot" at the airport that are pure O2. they help alot. i came from a zero altitude, and was certianly out of breath a lot. chew coca, and buy a bottle of two of oxy shot and you will be ok. i never got "sick" per say... just out of breath a lot. walking up stairs was difficult. be carefull of sunburn. I got FRIED!


Re: altitude sickness

by Paris92

What about those little pressure point wrist bands?

Re: altitude sickness

by Hopkid

How one is affected depends on how that person's body handles the change in altitude. I suffer from it much more than my wife. We went directly from Lima to Cusco. Our guide said that we should check into the hotel and take a nap and not go wandering around even though we arrived early in the morning. It was good advice. However by that evening I was suffering from an extreme headache and some nausea. I never got sick but I certainly didn't feel like eating. Still I was able to choke down a nice clear broth for dinner. I still had the headache/nausea the next morning but it was gone by 1pm the next day.

Take asprin/ibuprofen beforehand and every 4-6 hours. Chewing coca can also help as has been suggested. Not sure how effective the pressure point wristbands are as I've never tried them. Good luck and enjoy Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Re: altitude sickness

by poppajon

if your really concerned... seriously just pick up 2 bottles of oxy shot at the airport. they are $15 each... and actually have quite a bit of oxygen in them. 2 huffs of the stuff, and i was completly back to normal.


Re: altitude sickness

by johnmperry

Cusco is "only" around 2400 metres, so it isn't particularly high. Not sure about Juliaca.

I found I was OK on the level, but going upstairs for instance took longer.

Could be more of a problem if you're a smoker.

Re: altitude sickness


The best advise is to build up slowly to aclimatize for the altitude but it also depends on the enviorement conditions,your body type,resisitance and fitness.

I have travelled to Quito in equador to an altitude of 4.300 mtrs straight away from zero altitude and has not experienced anything except some shortness of breath.On the same journey after a few days i travelled to arequipa and cusco from Lima and felt sick, did not feel like eating anything and experienced a big headache and nausea.chewing cocoa leaves and taking pills would always help but would not eliminate the altitude sickness completely.

Re: altitude sickness

by risse73

Sorry, I just saw this posting.

Based on your travel itinerary, I can say that you should be okay by the time you get to Cusco. Juliaca/Puno area is higher in altitude than Cusco, so your two days' stay there should be enough to get you acclimated. You should be ready to take on Cusco and its wonderful sights after!

Chewing on coca leaves and the mate de coca helped me out a lot. Goodluck and do enjoy beautiful Peru!

Travel Tips for Cusco

balconies everywhere - a taste of spain

by willy_wonka

not only on the plaza de armas, but on seemingly any street around the centre, you will find beautiful colonial buildings that the spaniards built, sometimes on top of incan stonework. these typical buildings have fantastic wooden carved balconies, reminiscent of life back in spain. it is said that during the colonial times the rich folk would sit on their balconies and look down on the people passing by. i couldn't think of a better way to spend a sunny afternoon myself!

Backpacking list Prinsalsita style for Machu Pichu

by Prinsalsita

* medium size backpack that is waterproof preferable = mochilamediana impermeable si es posible
* water bottle carrier the best one, pretty and super cheap is sold at the entrances of any turistic place
= porta botella de agua la mejor , mas bonita , baratisima es vendida a la entrada de cualquier lugar turistico en cuzco

* small money carrier or camara carrier for easy access to your money, map and camera
= pequena cartera or bolsita para cargar tu dinero , mapa y camara * sneakers = zapatillas or trekking shoes = zapatos de montana
* trekking sandles = sandalias para caminar
* shorts = pantalones cortos
* several bathing suits preferable 2 piece = ropa de bano preferible 2 piezas
* light jacket or rain coat = corta viento o impremiable
* light breathable long sleeve tshirt = un polo delgado suave de manga larga
* poncho, blanket or jacket or something to warm you up for late night's trekking
= poncho, manta o chaqueta o algo que te cubra en una caminata de noche
* several tshirts that you are planning to give away after using them, it will be cheaper to get rid of them than carrying your laundry
= varios polos que planeas regarlarlos despues de usarlos, sera mas barato desaherte que estar cargando con tu ropa sucia
* waterproof watch = reloj a prueba de agua
*comfortable panst which you can take them out easily and have underneath your bathing suit
= pantalones comodos que puedas quitartelos facilmente y debajo tener tu ropa de bano * If you can carry a small first aid stuff {bandaids, cleaning swabs etc but lower your weight

* small hand wash towel that you can use to clean wounds in case you fall and scratch or get a cut
= toalla pequena de mano que puedas usar para limpiar heridas en caso de un corte o un rasguno

* thin scarf that you can use to wrap a leg or arm if dislocated and also use it to cover you from the sun
= una chalina delgada de seda o algo labable para poder usarlo en caso necesitas vendar un dislocado * a digital camera that takes the best pictures and movie clips in case you want to cathch the unbelievable beauty
= una camara digital que toma buenas fotos y filma clips en caso que quieras hacer tomas de belleza increible

* enough memory cards and/or your laptop to download the pictures every night
=suficiente tarjetas de memoria y/o tu laptop para bajarlas cada noche

* Make sure you have enough batteries or a battery charger that works on a 220 volts
=asegurate que tienes suficientes pilas o cargador de pilas que funciona en 220 voltios

* if you are planing to camp out ck with the camping shops for the basics
just remember that any flamables will not be allowed in the plane. * flash drive , MP3 player -recorder with audiphones in case you want to record the sound of the incas flutes and also if you want to hear your music while trekking
= MP3 player, grabador de voz , pequeno que sincronize FM o AM con audifonos de bolsillo para grabar la musica de las quenas incaicas o para oir tu musica mientras haces tu caminata
* buy a water bottle carrier from pisaq or any touristic entrance and buy your water
= compra tu porta botella en pisaq o en cualquier entrada turistica y compra tu agua
* sunprotector and mosquito repellant = protector solar y crema de mosquito repellente

The salt mines

by toonsarah

This was definitely one of the more bizarre sights we saw on our trip to the Sacred Valley! A huge salt mine carved out of the hillside, with terrace after terrace of mini salt-pans spread out in front of us. Although it was a Sunday a few people were working in the pans, dredging up the piles of salt and leaving them to dry out (I was going to say dry in the sun, but it was raining that day!)

In its way this was as spectacular a sight as the Inca ruins we saw elsewhere in the valley, perhaps just because it was so unexpected. Definitely worth the detour if you want to see something a little out of the usual.

The salt mines are signposted (I think) from the road that leaves the main road through the valley near Urubamba

Train to Machu Picchu

by AlbuqRay

It is a four hour train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu and 15 minutes longer coming back. The trip starts and ends with the switchbacks leaving and returning to Cusco. At first I thought I was unlucky when Raices Turismo got my name wrong on the ticket and my train left while they were getting another one. It turned out I was put on the Inka class train, which is the highest class of the tourist trains. There are trains for locals that are much cheaper. My ticket said $58 (it was included in the tour). You should compare today's train cars with the ones Catalysta took in 1981.

You are given an assigned seat. My tablemates were Robert from Germany, and Simone and her mother from Mexico City. I missed having a guide on the way to Aguas Calientes but both Robert and Simone spoke English and made the trip both pleasant and interesting.

The service was great. We even had a tablecoth and cloth napkins at breakfast. I don't know about the other trains, but we had a fashion show on the way back with the attendants modeling woolen clothes, which were for sale (not cheap). One of the guys also did a native dance. It was really fun. I'll include a couple of pictures below.

Best View to Plaza de Armas

by hartti about Norton Rat's Tavern

The best view to Plaza de Armas. Peaceful arabian balcony in the second floor. Good pisco sour. Speaking parrot called Bonnie. (Does not speak when you are in the same room, but when you disappear behind the corner, just begins to cry.) Pisco sour having on the balcony.


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