Altitude Sickness and Cusco

I’ve been reading a lot recently about altitude sickness because of our upcoming trip to Cusco, Peru. It seems like the more I read about altitude sickness, the more worried I’m getting. Some people get it and some people don’t, it makes no difference whether you’re fit or not, if you’re going to get it you’ll get it and it can be quite nasty.

One of the things that help with altitude sickness is the local remedy of chewing coca leaves and drinking coca leaf tea, coca leaf is of course the original product that they make cocaine from although it is in its natural state before it goes through the chemical process of making it into cocaine.


there is a drug that can help with altitude sickness, it’s called Acetazolamide, it does seem to be quite effective if you take it a few days before you travel, but unfortunately for me, it belongs to a group of drugs that I could possibly be allergic to, sulpfa based medications so it’s probably not something I would want to try when at the top of a mountain in the middle of Peru.

My research for alternative therapies to help with altitude sickness, has shown that Gingko Biloba can be quite effective, so that’s what I’m going to be trying.

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