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Because Cuzco is well above 11,000 feet some passengers traveling from lower elevations may experience symptoms of altitude sickness, known within the Andes as Soroche. This typically results in shortness of breath, nausea and headaches. In most cases the symptoms will gradually lessen and pass as ones body adjusts to the altitude, so its a good idea to plan to take it easy for the first day. Resting helps as does taking over-the-counter analgesics. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water or tea also seems to lessen symptoms for some. Persistent high altitude sickness symptoms can worsen quickly signaling danger and the need to get to a lower elevation with more oxygen immediately. If you have high blood pressure, heart trouble or had issues with altitude sickness in the past please consult your physician before traveling to Cuzco.
Below you will find information to help assist you with medical preparations for your trip as well as providing tips on how to stay healthy during your travels. Keep in mind that neither we nor anyone making your trip arrangements is a medical authority. You should consult with your physician, local health officials or the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA.
Much of the information below comes directly off the CDC website. The CDC offers an excellent section for travelers. You can access the site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel For travel to Ecuador and Peru access the region know as Tropical South America or go directly to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/regions/tropical-south-america.aspx
The CDC also has a dial up number (888) 232-3299 where you can request a fax by following a series of prompts. Voice messages for specific disease outbreaks are available by calling (888) 232-3228.
Please make sure to let us know of any special medical conditions or dietary needs before your trip.
Strictly speaking no inoculations are required for entry into Ecuador or Peru, though a yellow fever certificate is recommended for entry into the eastern part of the country, i.e. the Amazon Basin.
The standard immunizations recommended at this time include:
For detailed up to date information on immunizations for this region on the web visit the CDC site at:http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/regions/tropical-south-america.aspx
IMPORTANT: passengers that visit Peru and then go to Brazil must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate or will not be allowed to board the international flight (Brazilian regulations
The CDC reports that there is no risk for Malaria in Quito, Guayaquil, the Ecuadorian central highland tourist areas, Peruvian Andes area and the Galápagos. If you plan to visit the Amazon or travel to other regions of Ecuador or Peru not mentioned that are below 5,000 feet Malaria will be a hazard and you will want to take necessary precautions to guard against it. Specific medical approaches should be decided upon by your physician based on your medical history and travel plans.
A key means to prevention is to reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. These methods include wearing light long sleeve shirts and pants that will make it harder for a mosquito to bite you. Wearing a hat and making sure your feet and ankles are also covered will reduce your risk. Using insect repellent is also very important.
Avoiding areas that are highly infested and avoiding being out at the times of dayusually at dawn or duskwhen mosquitoes are out will also help. By reducing the number of mosquito bites you directly lower your odds of being bitten by an infected mosquito.
The CDC recommends using insect repellents with DEET following these precautions:
For more details and updates on malaria on the CDC website go to: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/regions/tropical-south-america.aspx
The CDC also recommends that travelers planning to visit areas at risk for malaria in Ecuador or Peru should take a malaria prophylaxis drug. This again is a decision for you and your physician based on your travel plans and medical history including allergies. Make sure you explore the side effects of each drug with your physician. Expect to begin taking these drugs in advance of your trip to build up tolerance to the disease in your system. Therefore it is important not to wait until the last minute before seeing your doctor for a prescription.
Peru is ideal for healthy active people of all ages looking to get out there and enjoy nature up close. A basic level of fitness is in order when traveling to the Andes. Cuzco stands at roughly 11,000 feet above sea level so a stroll along the cobblestones of its colonial sector can cause shortness of breath. In short, the better shape you are in the more you will enjoy your trip. Taking up a moderate exercise program well before your trip will help insure you get the most out of your vacation. Always be sure to check with your physician when embarking on an exercise program.
Food and waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness in travelers, according to the CDC. Following the precautions above will insure that you do not get that most common affliction: travelers diarrhea. Even when you are in your hotel and especially when you are on your own avoid tap water for brushing your teeth, instead use purified or the bottled water which will be provided and always avoid ice except when on our yachts.
As back up you may want to talk to your physician to see if they can prescribe an antibiotic that is targeted at travelers diarrhea. There are also over the counter drugs that can help.
Once again, consult your physician.
During your stay is a good idea to follow the advice of the CDC for staying healthy in the region.
If you plan to visit the Ecuadorian or Peruvian Amazon including to a jungle lodge in the Amazon Basin this is highly recommended that you get a yellow fever vaccine. For details on yellow fever please visit the CDC website.
IMPORTANT: passengers that visit Ecuador or Peru and then go to Brazil must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate or will not be allowed to board the international flight (Brazilian regulations)
We urge you to bring your own personal first aid kit including any prescriptions medications, vitamins or over the counter drugs you may require. Fill prescriptions BEFORE you leave the US.