What is Cusco’s altitude?

Avoid Altitude Sickness in Cusco and Machu Picchu. Cusco altitude is 11,152f (3399mt) This Blogpost contains important information. how to control altitude sickness in Cusco over 4.600 meters or 3.300 elevation that is the city of Cusco. As well as, what you should do if it gets worse or Dizzy when you have altitude sickness?. How can you prevent altitude sickness in Cusco

NOTE:  If you are hiking around Cusco to Machupicchu or the Inca Trail 4D/3N Be sincere with your Tour Guide. as a Locals and expert hikers, they can help your altitude sickness symptoms to manage when you get sick or dizzy.

What Is Machu Picchu’s Altitude? Machu Picchu altitude is significantly Lower at 7,972f (2430m)

Avoid Altitude Sickness in Cusco

We are pretty sure all of this information it’s going to help you how to avoid the altitude sickness prevention hiking around Cusco or Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. Don’t miss your trip. Even when the altitude sickness pills scare you, Do you why acetazolamide makes you num your fingers or make you pee all the time? keep reading and learn why and how to prevent it.

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Are you scared? maybe not, but if you are planning to visit Machu Picchu there is not another option you need to make a stop in Cusco which is over 1300f. As an expert hiker. I have been guiding for many years and I know how afraid tourists are when they arrive in Cusco City.

My last customers got  Altitude Sickness Before his trip to Salkantay adventure trek.  actually he misses it he’s trip and I am so sorry for that. But, what is Salkantay trek?. It is one of the most challenge trips in Cusco Its highest elevation is over  4600 meters above sea level but at the same time is one of the most beautiful trips around Machupicchu Considered by National Geographic?

Avoid Altitude Sickness in Cusco

Researching on Google

Most of the tourists, they obsessively scoured the Internet for information about altitude sickness treatment, altitude sickness symptoms, altitude sickness medication, altitude sickness pills, altitude sickness pills side effects, altitude sickness Cusco, Avoid Altitude Sickness in Cusco, etc. But let me tell you something, there is not Treatment if you never just to it before in the highest elevation. Just follow our advice if you have any kind of trip around Cusco follow The Tour leader Recommendation and you will be completely fine.

I even read a couple of articles about people who miss their trip from altitude problems (or complications from it). This almost led them to cancel their trip to Cusco and wasting their money and time.

Peru-Cusco and Machu Picchu are amazing places worth at least one visit in your lifetime.

You can never predict altitude sickness; you may not even get it. Physical fitness, age, and gender have no bearing on whether you will get Altitude Sickness. However, people at higher risk for feeling its effects are those with heart problems or lung problems. Those with sleep apnea may also experience worse problems at high altitude; if you have a CPAP machine, it is important to bring this. But first, be sure to check that it is built to operate at high altitude (yes, electronic devices can be affected too!)

What is Altitude Sickness? (Or “Mal de Altura, Soroche” as it’s called in Cusco)

At high elevations—above 4.800 meters or 15748.0315 feet—actually, Lares trek can be a Good example. The air is “thinner,” meaning there is less pressure, so while the oxygen percentage remains the same, the air is less dense, so each breath you take contains less oxygen than what you’re used to. To counteract this, your body will react. First, we need to breathe faster and pump blood more rapidly in order to take in the same amount of oxygen it is accustomed to receiving. For many people, this comes as a shock to the body, causing various symptoms.

Avoid Altitude Sickness in Cusco


  1. Dizziness, lightheadedness
  2. Headaches
  3. Nausea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Diarrhea or constipation
  6. Difficulty breathing
  7. Heart racing

Important Note

  1. There isn’t really a “cure” for altitude sickness, other than descending back down to a normal elevation.
  2. Cusco is at 10,826 feet (3,300 meters). Machu Picchu is significantly lower at 7,545 ft (2,300 m). Altitude sickness generally starts affecting people at 8,000 feet or higher, so Machu Picchu isn’t really the potential problem–Cusco is. Everyone who goes to Machu Picchu must pass through Cusco. Flights land here. Buses from Lima stop here.
  3. I am not a doctor. I am a native Cusco people. But according to my experience, I have seemed many think about altitude sickness, sometimes it is a very serious problem. and sometimes we did not have a chance to continue so we send back customers from the first camping site.
Machu Picchu Altidude

A real testimony of one of our customers.

I was born in Bay Area CA–flat, sea level Cupertino –and lived there for almost my entire life. Prior to June 2016, I had never been at altitudes as high as Cusco. Therefore, I felt I was a prime candidate for altitude sickness (although, again, you never truly can predict it). Now I’ve been in Cusco since June, on and off.

I’ve arrived in Cusco three separate times; in other words, I visited here for 12 days, went to Colombia for 10 days, came back to Cusco, went to the U.S. for two weeks, and then came back again. Each time I arrive in Cusco, it gets easier to acclimate. The first arrival, I had a pounding headache for five days, though it wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t do activities. I think I took Tylenol a couple of times to relieve a headache. I also drank coca tea during my first visit, but haven’t since (there’s no proof it actually works). Thankfully, my symptoms have never been worse than that.

Below this article is the many ways how to treat altitude sickness, Including Natural ways.

Take it easy.

This is seriously the easiest—and most ignored— a piece of advice for avoiding altitude sickness. Remember, your body is trying to get accustomed to the lower amount of oxygen it’s getting; therefore it is of utmost importance that you take it easy the first few days you are in Cusco. Don’t go on hikes or long walks. Don’t put any excess stress on your body—it’s already working overtime to oxygenate your blood!

Take deep breaths.

Again, your body is trying to get oxygen, but there is less of it available in each breath. So take deep breaths to try to get more air in.

Avoid alcohol on your first day.

The reasons for this are debated, but certain studies show that the effects of alcohol are enhanced at high altitudes (i.e. You get drunk more easily). Also, alcohol may exacerbate the effects of altitude sickness. Hold off on the Pisco Sours for the first couple of days you’re in Cusco.

Drink lots of water.

This may not alleviate altitude sickness exactly, but sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between altitude sickness and dehydration, and high elevations tend to be very dry, meaning you need more water for proper hydration.

Acclimate at a lower altitude, and ascend slowly.

This piece of advice is sometimes hard to follow because it means changing your trip plans. A lot of people recommend that the second your plane lands in Cusco, you should take the Sacred Valley tour, about an hour outside of Cusco, where the elevation is about 2,000 feet lower. This allows you to acclimate at a somewhat lower altitude, and then move back up to Cusco when your body is more used to high altitude. The other option is to take extra days prior to your long trip such as City tour, Horse riding, Sur circuit, Tipon

Take Diamox – Altitude sickness acetazolamide

In the U.S., Diamox is a prescription drug often used to treat glaucoma; however, it can also treat altitude sickness. You need to take it 24 hours before arriving in Cusco, though, and a side effect of the drug is that you’ll probably need to pee more frequently–not very convenient when you’re traveling. I brought Diamox with me, but have never used it.

Diamox side effects

Dizziness, lightheadedness, and an increased amount of urine may occur, especially during the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. Blurred vision, dry mouth, drowsiness, loss of appetite, stomach upset, headache and tiredness may also occur. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these very unlikely but serious side effects occur: increased body hair, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, unusual tiredness, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain.

  • as soon you get the effect of Diamox you articulation and probably your fingers start getting Nam
  • to make you pee all the time
  • hard bits faster than normal