Sickness in Cusco


Altitude sickness is the result of lack of oxygen that occurs when a person not acclimated ascends above 2.000 meters above sea leve in less than 1 or 2 days.

Cusco City is located at 3.350 meters above sea level at which the traveler arriving in the city is likely to get Soroche, mainly the traveler that arrives to Cusco City by plane.

Symptoms usually appear within the first 48 hours.

– Nausea
– Vomiting
– Stomach pain
– Headache
– Lack of appetite
– Physical fatigue
– Insomnia


The physical condition of the person, however optimal, does not prevent altitude sickness. The susceptibility to contract it is inversely proportional to the age of the subject due to the maturity of the nervous system of the same.

The use of drugs is not recommended to prevent it, but to adapt, that is, to progressively acclimatize to the altitude.

Upon arrival at your accommodation in Cusco, it is usual to receive it with coca tea (coca tea) and then indicate two hours of rest. It is important that this be the case to fully enjoy the rest of the trip.

It is essential that you do not make any kind of effort, if you decide to take a walk through the city of Cusco it is convenient to walk in a leisurely way even if you consider to be in optimal conditions and not be required mainly on the first day.

One of the keys to not contracting altitude sickness is to stay hydrated (drink at least 3 liters a day), eat little, consume enough coca tea, since it has known healing and digestive properties, and make a diet rich in carbohydrates . It is convenient to avoid alcohol, tobacco and heavy food.

If when you arrive at the Cusco airport you feel that you lack oxygen, ask for assistance there.
If in doubt, it is advisable to consult your doctor before making the trip to Cusco to obtain more information about altitude sickness and to indicate how to act in case of suffering any of your symptoms.