It is common for many travelers to suffer from soroche when visiting a high place. You will not have to worry here; we inform you everything, and you can enjoy your adventure to the fullest!
But do you know what altitude sickness is? Let’s start by knowing what it is about! Well, it is a physiological reaction caused by the lack of oxygen in our bodies.
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The first thing you need to know is that everybody is not affected by altitude sickness, “Called commonly as Soroche.” You may not feel any symptoms at an altitude of 3048 m / 10,000 ft. That is not unusual because, at that altitude, 30% of people never feel any illness (even if they are ill, most feel mild illness). So if you hear that someone didn’t have any problems while in Cuzco, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to acclimatize. “Yes, you have to.” If you are in a tourist group that comes from sea level or in a large family, there is always the possibility that one of the group members is affected by this altitude sickness.
Acclimatization is the process where our body tries to adjust; with the lower amount of oxygen available at high altitudes, “it is certainly a slow process.”
You need at least 1 or 3 days, and some in cases even weeks, for this process to work. This term is more appropriate for Mountaineers, as they climb 4572 m / 15,000 ft or more. In Cuzco Peru is at 3505 m / 11,500 ft, and Lake Titicaca is at 3860 m / 12,420 ft. So neither of them is high, compared to the high Andes Mountains, to the mountaineers’ heights below 3657 m / 12,000 ft do not mean much; even for general people 2438 m – 2743 m / 8000 ft – 9000 ft may people not have any effect. That is why most of the visitors in Peru remain not affected, though they do not go through the acclimatization process.
Visitors from the world, we suppose that we are affected by this sickness (SOROCHE), now what will happen? How serious can it be? Or, you are dying to know that, right?
In most cases, you will find heart-pounding and shortness of breath; sometimes, it can worsen. You may experience headaches, extreme tiredness, insomnia and loss of appetite, or even nausea. This condition does know as Acute Mountain Disease (AMS); in some cases, the situation may be worse than SOROCHE; in your case, the advice of your doctor is that “most diseases are not so bad.”
If you are taking some of our treks and tours, we have the best guides to take care of you; wherever trail you are, we recommend walking as long as symptoms are mild and only a nuisance; ascent can continue at a moderate rate.
All this happens because the air is dry and thin. So the thickness you have to breathe at short intervals and the dryness of air causes dehydration (we recommend you drink a lot of water). Dehydration happens because; you are losing a lot of water when you exhale, then what you are gaining when you inhale “So just breathing will dehydrate you.” In the heights of the Andes, you will feel thirsty, and this dehydration will cause headaches “at least 03 liters of water a day to avoid Soroche”.
Answering the main question is how to fight against Soroche; the following information below is the complementary key to enjoy your holidays at Machupicchu, The Andes, Etc.
Dear Kondor visitor takes more water or other fluids. Because dehydration is the leading cause of altitude sickness, try to drink at least 4 quarts of water every day. You may drink Coca tea which is an infusion, and the ancient Inca´s knowledge against Soroche. Coca tea is legal to drink in Peru “most touristic business Hotels, Restaurants, Tours, Trains service, offers you a cup of Coca tea.” You should try to avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, and coffee if you already feel seek with altitude.
Eat a high carbohydrate diet during your stay at high Andes altitude. Also, we recommend you to chew Coca leaves, that it is a good practice to avoid altitude sickness. Please, visitors, avoid tranquilizers and sleeping pills, which “further decrease your respiratory actions during sleep,” thus increasing illness.
To speed your acclimatization process, you may take Diamox (one kind of medicine, a tablet made in Austria, Europe). It will also reduce the symptoms of Soroche. But be careful, as it may result in increased urination.
The Coca leaf is a better solution than Diamox, and it is readily available in Cuzco, Peru. You have to get a small bag of Coca leaves, which may be sufficient for 3 or 4 days.
Dear Kondor experimenters, here is the key to how to use these leaves; you have to cut the tiny green leaves in half first, then rip off the stems and stick a wad in your mouth. Some people miss the mixing agent “Inca candy, made of special ashes, called Llipta,” but it tastes like grass and becomes less effective without it. But be careful not to take the mixing compound too much “it Ok to mix with lemon candy.” The first sensation is similar to the numb mouth when you go to your dentist after pulling a tooth. Soon, the whole body will be slightly incredible, which the idea is, your body activity is slowed, which helps counteract the Andes altitude.
These coca leaves are not addictive to anyone, and chewing the leaves or drinking coca leaves has no narcotic effect. Although these same leaves do use in producing a drug called Cocaine, they have to go through a very complex scientific process to turn the Coca leaves into the drug (a complicated drug to explain the whole process). It is legal to buy a Coca product in Cuzco, Peru, but illegal in most neighboring countries. The coca leaf for consumers will test positive for cocaine quickly, but there is no problem while you are in Peru. There is nothing to worry about, but you should leave all the coca leaves in Peru (or wherever it does make) before leaving the country in Peru to avoid any inconvenience.
A Diamox tablet (acetazolamide chemical) is beneficial to prevent altitude sickness. You need to take two 250 mg pills a day and start it; one day before you go to Cuzco, or Treks around Cuzco, Puno, Arequipa region. Then you need to take Diamox for three days, even if you start to feel very Ok.
It does not recommend to use Diamox “it has many side effects such as taste alteration, anorexia, urinary frequency, and nausea” We recommend natural acclimatization and drinking a lot of water.
Height of Cities in Cuzco and Peru
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