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Cuzco, Peru

As one of the most popular destinations in South America, this ancient city was built in the 15th century by the Inca Empire, just a little bit less than 8,000 feet above sea level.

Thousands of tourists and travellers seek this UNESCO world heritage site (See: Useful Links) for its breathtaking beauty. The ultimate itinerary is hiking the world’s most popular trek, the Inca Trail, to end up in Machu Picchu.

The alternative interesting route is taking a train trip from Cuzco.

This ancient city, lost at the top of the Andes, has about 200 buildings made from stone with complex water channels and fountains that defy our modern technology in every aspect imaginable.

Among the many health risks associated with this exotic excursion, high altitude illness requires special attention due to 3 simple reasons; most Machu Picchu tourists have no knowledge of the high altitude illness, preventive and self-treatment measures are simple and effective (which should be offered to all travellers of high altitude) and it can progress to life-threatening condition(s).

Give your travel doctor the opportunity to help get you ready for this amazing adventure of exploring the Inca’s civilization.

As a rule, standard preventive measures as outlined in our Before You Go and While You’re There sections should be always implemented.

Please note:

The information in this page is for educational purposes only. It is not the substitute to a formal travel consult with your travel doctor. The risks expressed are not exact and range from low to high depending on many factors like the length of stay and style of travel. Not all destination-specific general risks are listed on this page.


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