Departamento de Cusco Warnings and Dangers

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Departamento de Cusco Warnings and Dangers

  • Altitude Sickness - Soroche

    Cusco Warnings and Dangers

    We flew from Lima at sea level to Puno at 4000 m and were taking Diamox and drinking lots of coca tea. We're both very fit - this is irrelevant with altitude sickness. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're super fit and healthy and you won't be affected. Your body must maintain adequate blood oxygen levels and that's not within your control. We...

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  • Trail Dangers

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    Being so high above the sea level, most visitors suffer the "altitude sickness". In the first 2-3 days you will feel a little headache and some stomach problems. To fight that is advisable to drink coca tea and take it easy, move real slow. If you spend 2 days in Cuzco before the trail you shouldn't have problems during the trail, but anyway, take...

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  • Food / Drink

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    Coca tea and chewing coca will help you adjust to altitude sickness. For most, chewing coca will make you a little slap happy. I guess everyone reacts to it differently. I felt my heart racing like I drank too much coffee.

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  • Bathrooms

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    Quite simply, there aren't any. You'll quickly lose your inhibitions about relieving yourself in the great outdoors, because you won't really have a choice when necessity calls. The trek group with whom we went, provided a small tent which we referred to as the "crapper" as much for its smell as for its so called utility. I refused to go anywhere...

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  • Weather Wise

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    Visiting Machu Picchu in January, during the rainy season, we'd read to dress warm and expect rain and fog. The day we went it turned out warm, bright and very sunny. I knew about the higher altitude putting one at risk for sunburn, so I dutifully put on my sunblock in the morning, and then smeared Aruba Aloe sunblock lip balm on my nose during...

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  • Timing

    Machu Picchu Warnings and Dangers

    If you want to experience the mysticism of Machu Picchu without distractions, then you better plan to rise bright and early in order to catch a few quiet moments of sanctity and solitude....the tour buses arrive fully loaded by 9:00 am, and the place is transformed. Anyways, seeing Machu Picchu during a few reflective moments in the early morning...

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