Altitude sickness is a real threat to your health when traveling in Peru. Cusco sits at an altitude of over 11,000 ft. To ease your body into this high altitude, it is important to stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, build time for rest into your itinerary, and bring altitude medication as advised by your health specialist.
It is important plan for a health emergency given the limited access and quality of healthcare outside of Lima. Many U.S. health plans will not cover you during your travels overseas. Be sure to speak to your insurance provider early on in your planning process, and explore the possibility over purchasing an international health insurance policy to cover you while you are in Peru.
This unpleasant condition can leave you dehydrated and cooped up in your hotel bathroom. Preparing for this by packing anti-diarrhea medication and acting early when symptoms set in will save your digestive system and get you out the door to see the beauty of Peru.
Layer your clothes
Temperatures in Peru can fluctuate throughout the day. This is especially true when visiting Machu Piccu and Cusco. The early morning can be foggy and damp, but by the afternoon the sun will be shining and temperatures will soar. Wearing layers will ensure you are able to spend the entire day exploring the sites.
5. Build Rest into your Itinerary.
Between the high altitudes and strenuous hiking and site seeing, your body will become fatigued. Trying to push your limits will likely lead to unwanted illnesses such as altitude sickness or lead you to make poor decisions. Take the time to rest to make the most of all of your time in Peru.