advice & important notes of Inka Trail, Altitude sickness or Soroche, Prevention of Altitude sickness or Soroche, Equipment and Personal Items suggested for Peru trip!!!. Adventure Hear Peru staff will assist you for your transfers, tours & Activities according to your itinerary. We are committed to follow up your services, suggestion and for any assistance you might need 24/7
So, to be allow to do the Inka Trail trek we need to book it in advance, because there is a limit of 500 people each day, but this limit is only for the Inca Trail. And in February is closed and we have to know all of the following (without all this information we cannot make the booking):
Below is the link to check availability for Inka Trail Trek if you would like to look yourself!!! http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ (Go to CUNSULTAS, click on MACHUPICCHU and choose CAMINO INKA, go to MES and choose the month there). You will see if there is space availability for the day of the month you are looking for in order to hike in the Inca Trail.
It is important for you to remember you are visiting the Andes, and it’s probably a lot higher above sea level than your home. Therefore, you should take precautions to avoid altitude sickness, Acclimation plays an important role when beating altitude sickness, as the body needs to adapt. It tends to take around 72 hours to acclimate.
If you haven’t allowed enough time to get acclimatized, there’s no need to panic. There are other things you can do. If you are hiking the Inca Trail then remember to bring sweets, chocolates and water with you as this works against the dehydration and altitude sickness.
Altitude sickness is the result of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,000 metres but it is different for everyone. Unfortunately, there is no way to know whether you will be affected or not. Travellers coming from Lima to Cusco need to remember that their body also needs to adjust.
Symptoms usually appear within two days but generally subside in a couple of days too. Symptoms can be one or a combination of the following: Headache, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite, shortness of breath, sleep disturbances, dizziness, palpitations, and concentration problems.
Certain medial conditions can increase the risk of altitude sickness so you need to make sure you inform us if you suffer from any conditions or are on any medications before we ascend.
The best way to prevent altitude sickness is by making a gradual ascent. If you have time and can spend the first night of the trip in the Sacred Valley, you are less likely to experience symptoms as your body has time to adjust.
We recommend that you rest for the first day. Eat little and light, drink plenty of water, try to avoid alcohol and tobacco (any substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration) and try out the delicious coca tea – a Peruvian delicacy that also helps with altitude sickness.
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