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  • Northern Treasures
    Travel with us from Lima to the
    most important sites in Peru!
    See Chan Chan (Chimu Culture), than
    the Moon Pyramid, and do not miss
    the colonial flair of Trujillo and
    the treasures of the Lord of Sipan
    or the Lady of Cao.
  • Classic Destinations
    See the unique floating islands
    of the Uros on the famous lake Titicaca.
    Visit the town of Arequipa, from where
    you can easily get to one of the world's
    deepest canyons, the Colca
    Canyon, home of the majestic condor.
  • World Wonder
    Would travelling to Peru be the same
    without having seen Machu Picchu?
    Of course not! So, see it with your
    own eyes! Afterwards a train brings you
    to Cusco, once navel of the Inca Empire,
    whose former glory is still reflected
    in the old buildings.
  • Amazonas Rainforest
    Have you known that the Peruvian Rainforest
    covers more than 60% of the country?
    Endless numbers of plants and animals wait
    being discovered by you.
    Enjoy nature during special excursions
    and relax in your comfortable lodge.


Soroche - Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

DEFINITION: complex of symptoms occuring while ascending to a high altitude

At higher altitudes, the pressure of the air around you decreases, so there is less oxygen in surrounding air. People can live comfortably at moderately high altitudes, but the body must make some adjustments, and this takes time. If you ascend to altitudes above 3000 metres (9,842 feet), you will be in danger of developing uncomfortable or dangerous symptoms from the change in altitude. Age, sex or physical fitness have no bearing on your likelihood of getting altitude sickness.
Please take a look at our travel information: "Choice of Routes"


YOU WANT TO SEE Machu Picchu? BUT afraid of being a victim of AMS?

If you, for some personal or medical reasons, want to avoid going up to 3000 m (9,842 feet) you can still travel in Peru and even see Machu Picchu!
20% of the country are coastline and 60% are rainforest, so don't worry - there is plenty to see!
World famous Machu Picchu is located on 2.000 - 2.400 m, far below the "magical" 3000 m (9,842 feet) .

Here is how you could travel with us in Peru:



In South America where lots of touristic places like  Cusco are located on an altitude of more than 3.000 m (9,842 feet) , the so called „Soroche“ can make your travel somehow challenging. Please consider the following before ascending:

- Take your time going up, you need several days for a gradual acclimatisation (5 to 7 days)
- While going up you need to take regular breaks or even a longer rest.
- Drink enough, about a 1 to 1.5 litres more than you would usually.
- Avoid travel if your medical condition is not stable.
- No sleeping pills, no smoking, avoid to much alcohol
- Carbs, carbs, carbs, because they need less oxygen than fats and proteins while digested.
- Warm clothes
- Note: As your body makes normal adjustments to adapt to a high altitude, you may experience a few symptoms that are bothersome but are not cause for concern, such as rapid breathing, shortness of breath with strenuous exercise, occasional short pauses in breathing while you sleep, and frequent urination. Also: Acute mountain sickness causes symptoms at least 8 to 36 hours after ascent, not within 2 hours after ascent. Don't think that every pain you feel is related to altitude sickness.
- - The first rule of treatment for mild symptoms of acute mountain sickness is to stop ascending until your symptoms are completely gone.
- - If you have symptoms of altitude sickness, avoid alcohol, sleeping pills and narcotic pain medications. All of these can slow your breathing, which is extremely dangerous in low-oxygen conditions.







If you have experienced high-altitude illness in the past and are planning to again go to high altitude, you may want to discuss with your doctor the option of taking a prescription drug. The ones often used are acetazolamide (Diamox) and the corticosteroid medicine dexamethasone (Decadron). These drugs do not prevent serious forms of AMS. Here are some explanations of what a drug could do for you. WARNING: Drugs should be used with caution and only on the advice of a physician.


Ibuprofen or Aspirin
- IIbuprofen
Suggestion of Stanford Hospital & Clinics: ".. availability alone makes ibuprofen an appealing drug for individuals who travel to high altitudes. In addition, ibuprofen was effective when taken six hours before ascent, in contrast to acetazolamide, whose recommendations include that it be started the day before travel to high altitude ..."

Studies have shown that prophylactic administration of what you may know as Diamox at a dose of 250 mg every 8 to12 hrs before and during rapid ascent to altitude results in fewer or less severe symptoms (such as headache, nausea, shortness of breath) of AMS. Also pulmonary function is greater and treated persons had less difficulty in sleeping.

A medication for high blood pressure, has been shown to be beneficial for high-altitude pulmonary edema. Nifedipine is used to treat hypertension and chest pain. Nifedipine not only can prevent or attenuate high-altitude pulmonary edema but also has a beneficial effect on the symptoms of acute mountain sickness.

Dexamethasone (steroid)
A drug that decreases brain and other swelling reversing the effects of AMS. The dose is typically 4 mg two times a day for a few days starting with the ascent.
This prevents most of the symptoms of altitude illness from developing.