Altitude sickness, soroche or acute mountain sickness is a disorder that responds to the lack of adaptation of the organism to the lack of oxygen by altitude. It usually occurs when you climb to a great height in a non-progressive or fast way. It usually occurs from 2,400 meters and affects, above all, people who are not used to living in areas with high altitude, usually below 900 meters above sea level. If you are going to travel to mountainous countries such as Peru and you are going to visit corners of these located at high altitude, such as the Machu Picchu, you should take into account the altitude sickness, how to prevent it and fight it and what kind of symptoms are those that usually present. Let's go Inca Trail tour operator will show you everything about altitude sickness.
Hypoxia is the name that receives the lack of oxygen in the human body and is the main cause of altitude sickness or soroche. Since the atmospheric pressure decreases as there is more height and there is less oxygen and nitrogen, the alveoli of the lungs can not transport so much oxygen to the blood, which can produce dehydration and discomfort.
There are people who are more susceptible than others and there are also factors such as physical activity, the speed of the ascent or the initial height from which it starts. Therefore, whenwe are talking about altitude sickness, it is very important to know what symptoms we can feel, how to prevent it and how to fight it.
In most cases, the symptoms of altitude sickness are temporary and are reduced as the person acclimates to altitude. In general, the altitude sickness symptoms usually appear when we climb from a low altitude to places above 2,000 meters above sea level in a sudden manner. In addition, those people who are accustomed to living below 900 meters, usually notice symptoms a few hours after reaching corners with high altitude, especially at night.
In general, the altitude sickness symptoms are:
If you were born in places close to sea level and lived there all your life, you will be an ideal candidate for altitude sickness (although, again, you can never really predict it). It is possible, if it is your first time in Cusco, that you feel headaches, nausea or discomfort. They are some of the symptoms of altitude sickness and then we will tell you how to avoid them. For the second time, remember that altitude sickness is not something that should be taken lightly. In all cases, to people who did not pay enough attention this can complicate its trip. We think that you will not like to spend your incredible vacation to one of the wonders of the world, in a hospital,so...
Now you know more about altitude sickness is time to start planning your dream trip with Let's go Inca Trail!!!
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