Once you set foot in this UNESCO World Heritage Site (2003), it’s easy to see why many fall for this old port town.
Completing the 4 day/3 night Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is probably one of those most sought after bucket list experiences in the world. Without a doubt, it was one of the most memorable journeys during our stint in South America (Sudamerica).
I’m no doctor – let me just put it out there. But I have experienced altitude sickness so debilitating (or at least that’s how I felt), that I almost bought a return ticket back home from South America. According to Altitude.org, altitude sickness has three forms: The common mild altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS), which is said to be quite similar to a hangover. Headaches, nausea, and fatigue are common symptoms. Altitude.org warns that if you have AMS, you should take this as a warning sign that you are at risk of the serious forms of altitude sickness. HAPE, and HACE*. Both HAPE and HACE can be fatal within hours. (More information can be found on their website). That backpacking trip my husband and I did to South America really tested our overall endurance. We trained physically and mentally for a year (running, circuit training, weights you name it) knowing that we were going to do a lot of trekking and walking around. But we soon found out that altitude has a way of creeping up on …
To tell you the truth, I didn’t really have a clear train of thought or plan when I started this post. I was thoroughly enjoying a mango cheek when, for some odd reason, thought about cuy – guinea pig in plain english.