First of all, the truth is, less than 25% of people typically experience altitude sickness. The even better news is, your odds go down if you take pre-trip precautions and take care of yourself during the trip. Most of us felt the altitude change the first few days of acclimation but were fine on the rest of the trip. Those of us who took these pre-trip definitely felt better right away than those of us who didn’t.
Oxygen– Our guides for the trek we choose carry an oxygen bottle just in case anyone needs it. (Be sure and thoroughly research whichever company you choose.) If you want to have a personal supply, all of the drugstores in Cusco sell Oxishot– single doses of O2- that you can carry personally.
Altitude Sickness typically effects people over 8,000′ so take extra precautions surrounding your time in Cusco (At 11,000′ elevation).
Take time to rest and RELAX pre-trek and throughout the trek as much as possible. If you have any questions at all or are interested in more information about Machu Picchu, we’ve written several other blogs and organize private group trips. Send us an email at [email protected] with any follow up questions or for more details!