Our first day in Cusco, Peru. 🇵🇪 The major Inca city of old! This’s the city where people from all over the world flock to experience high-altitude sightseeing and the legendary Machu Picchu itself. 🗻 .
Speaking of altitude, let's talk about a major concern when visiting Cusco. Yes it's 11,000 feet above sea level, and YES you might be the one to get altitude sickness, or "Mal de Altura." 🤮 We say it that way because your athletic friend who runs marathons might get it real bad, and your Netflix-binging self might not feel a thing!
What does altitude sickness feel like? Well, without a doubt almost everyone will feel short of breath when going up an incline, like a flight of stairs. It's as if you'd gone running for hours! Your face, fingers, and toes might get tingly and a little numb. Headaches and nausea are also very common.
It's best managed with coca! Coca tea, coca candy, anything. (Yes, cocaine is derived from coca leaves, and you get in huge trouble if you forgot to leave them in Peru.) Also, you can ask your doctor to prescribe you Diamox, a medications that helps your body get more oxygen so you don’t get tired as easily.
There's so much more about the altitude in Cusco, from the varying elevations there, to what Diamox dose you should take - do you have any questions?! 🙋