The elevation of Machupicchu and altitude sickness
The center of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu lies at an altitude of approximately 7,972 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level . That puts it just below the generally accepted altitude at which altitude sickness (known as soroche in Peru) can appear, which 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 altitude at this level. including difficulty breathing.
Then there are the two mountains that rise above Machu Picchu, which are open to the public with the corresponding permits. Huayna Picchu rises to a height of 8,920 feet (2,720 meters) above sea level .
The mountain of Machu Picchu , meanwhile, rises above the archaeological site, its peak reaching up to the 10,000-foot mark .
The center of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu lies at an altitude of approximately 7,972 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level. That is just below the accepted level at which altitude sickness can appear, which 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 level, including difficulty breathing
Cusco is the traditional tourist center for most visitors to Machu Picchu. And Cusco is 11,152 feet (3,399 m) above sea level, well above Machu Picchu and above the point at which altitude sickness can occur.
The Inca Trail – Paso de Mujer Muerta – reaches an altitude of 13,828 feet (4,215 meters) . Alternative hikes to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay hike, for example, reaches its highest point in the Salkantay Pass at 15,213 feet (4,638 meters). The snowy Salkantay, at 20,574 feet (6,271 m) above sea level, is one of the highest mountains in Peru.
The above examples, most notably that of 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.