Altitude sickness is known as soroche or mountain sickness in Peru; is an organic reaction to the lack of oxygen the body feels to climb to altitudes not used by anyone. It is a temporary discomfort, which rarely has serious consequences and you can perfectly avoid altitude sickness.
Travelers should be prepared and have a lot of patience to stay well if they are doing work of adventure, a ride height or climbing in high areas. Some tourists feel altitude sickness when boarding a plane bound for the Peruvian highlands. The first symptoms usually appear within the first 12 hours after arriving.
How can I avoid altitude sickness
Where I can get
People who think exposing over 2500 meters above sea level should take precautions, especially to plan your trip to Peru and to enjoy it in the best way. On the other hand if you are traveling to the central Peruvian jungle or mountains, you should be prepared for altitude sickness.
There are many mountains, peaks, glaciers, historic sanctuaries in elevated areas, Andean valleys in very high places, viewpoints, thermal baths in height, Andean ancestral churches, the wanka area, the highlands and many more. Where are regions such as Junin, Ayacucho, Apurimac, Arequipa, Puno, Cusco, Pasco, Huancavelica, Huanuco, Cajamarca and many other regions.
One of the most frequented by domestic and international travelers regions is the region of Cusco. Upon arrival, many of them plan to go to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and not properly plan their trips. Many travelers fly tours followed, regardless of the height and intend to carry all walks restlessly, even some begin their journey to reach the Cusco city. Remember to be careful and take into account some tips needed to take advantage of your trip to the Historic Sanctuary. Another place that brings many travelers to feel altitude sickness, is the famous train to Huancayo Ticlio because it is one of the highest trains in the world, reaches 4,781 m.s.n.m.
Precautions before traveling
You should take certain precautions to avoid altitude sickness in this regard:
- Before traveling, you should feel comfortable if you had it before. Avoid angustiarte and get nervous.
- Pressure measure yourself if you are over 40 or have low pressure.
- Upon reaching a height region you must first acclimate.
- You must not eat anything heavy or that is difficult to digest.
- Do not be filled with gases and avoid soft drinks on your trip. Only drink water.
- You should not smoke.
- Avoid taking pills for the headache. The mate de coca (leaf natural coca) without sugar will help a lot.
- Carry and sucking lemon drops for the route.
- If you plan to take coramina glucose, consult a doctor before consuming it. Also if you plan to take Sorojchi Pill.
- If you want to vomit, do it.
- Do not take tranquilizers.
- You must bring water to hydrate constantly.
If you still feel bad or you agravas, resorts to a medical center, hotel or a medical post and asks oxygen. Very few tours have been interrupted by altitude sickness. If you find yourself doing a tour notifies your travel companions or guide.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of altitude sickness are:
- Intense headache
- Fatigue or physical exhaustion
- Languor and dry mouth
- Feeling dizzy
- Sleep disorder
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mild nosebleeds
- Digestive Disorders
- Lack of appetite
- Physical exhaustion
- Sometimes depression
- Sudden nocturnal dyspnea, have feeling of suffocation
Who should avoid climbing to the heights?
The Peruvian highlands and central jungle have very high areas and mountainous regions. It is recommended that people with heart problems, travelers with respiratory problems or lung disease, anemia or individuals with impaired blood clotting, do not climb great heights. Therefore, they should take the necessary precaucaciones.