Altitude problem?

Hi- I’d be interested in asking the tour leader whether any participants have had trouble with the altitude.  

I would be coming from sea level Florida and have had altitude sickness before.  For example , when I was  in Cusco, Peru which is at 11,000 feet.

RS, can this query be forwarded to him?

  • Hello, thank you for reaching out. We recommend if you have concerns about high altitude that you consult your physician. There are also some tips we recommend when acclimatizing to higher altitudes:
    Listen to your body. Slow down, take it easy and rest often. Have a positive attitude and trust your
    body to make the necessary adjustments.
     Increase your fluid intake. Drink water throughout the day. Don't wait until you feel thirsty. Keep your
    body hydrated. Staying hydrated is the single best defense against altitude disorders.
     Avoid sleeping pills.
     Decrease salt intake and alcohol consumption.
     Keep your body nourished. Eat something, even if you don't feel hungry.
    We hope to see you on this program in 2020! Best, Rachel
  • I'd also suggest you arrive at your program a few days ahead to give you some more adjustment time.

    I'll also say that each time you go to elevation it may be different for you. I live at 2800'. A couple of times a year I go to Yellowstone which is at 6,000'-9,000' feet. Sometimes it affects me, sometimes not. I drive over and frankly, sometimes am fairly dehydrated on the drive because well...it's a pain in the neck to keep stopping. I realized last time that this leads to me feeling worse when I get there (it's a 9.5 hour drive with minimal stops) so next time I need to make myself drink more fluids on the way over. I have also found that I do better if I start pushing fluids 3 or 4 days ahead of the drive. You'll have an airline flight which will be dehydrating as well but consider pushing fluids a few days before the flight.

    BTW, I used to live in Florida so I totally understand the difference in going from sea level to elevation!

    ~Pam