Machupicchu elevation and altitude sickness


Is Machupicchu elevation a hight enough to get altitude sickness?

  • Altitude sickness (known as soroche in Peru) can appear when you are above 8,000 feet (2,500 m).
  • Altitude sickness may occur below this level, but the risk is very low.
  • You will feel the effects of altitude at this level. including difficulty breathing.

Then there are the two mountains that rise above Machu Picch.

Some popular mountains to take on mind altitude:

  • The center of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is an altitude of approximately 7,972 feet -2,430 meters above sea level.
  • Huayna Picchu rises to a height of 8,920 feet (2,720 meters) asl.
  • Cusco is 11,152 feet (3,399 meters) above sea level
  • Machu Picchu is located above the point at which altitude sickness can occur.
  • The Inca Trail, Paso de Mujer Muerta – reaches an altitude of 13,828 feet.
  • Alternative hikes to Machu Picchu are lower.
  • Nevado Salkantay, at 20,574 feet (6,271 m) above sea level, is one of the highest mountains in Peru.
  • The Salkantay hike, for example, reaches its highest point in the Salkantay Pass at 15,213 feet (4,638 meters).
  • The mountain of Machu Picchu, meanwhile, rises above the archaeological site, its peak reaching up to the 10,000-foot mark.
  • The accepted height at which altitude sickness can appear, is 8,000 feet (2,500 m).

Altitude sickness may occur below this level, but the risk is very low. However, you will feel the effects of height at this height, including difficulty breathing

Cusco is the traditional tourist center for most visitors to Machu Picchu.

The above examples, most notably Cusco, make it clear that it is not necessarily the height of Machu Picchu the place where travelers get altitude sickness.

Rather, it is the time they spend a greater height before and after visiting Machu Picchu.

They should always treat the symptoms of altitude sickness with respect. Seek medical attention if you begin to feel sick.



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