- Fighting Fatigue on First Day in Lima, Peru
- The Desert Oasis of Huacachina, Peru
- Flying over the Nazca Lines in Peru
- Altitude Sickness in Cuzco
- Machu Picchu, 9 Years Later
- Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu Journal
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 1: Mollepata to Soraypampa
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 2: Soraypampa to Salkantay Pass to Huayracpunko
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 3: Huayracpunko to Colpapampa
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 4: Colpapampa to La Playa
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 5: La Playa to Llactapata
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 6: Llactapata to Aguas Calientes
- Salkantay to Machu Picchu Day 7: Machu Picchu
- In Review: 18 Days of Backpacking in Peru
After a 14 hour bus ride from Nazca, I finally made it to the picturesque town of Cuzco. This is my second visit here, the previous one being in 2005. With its narrow cobblestone streets, Cuzco has much more character than Lima. It is very touristy though.
I checked in first into the hotel room, and met up later with my friends Gerald and Rich, who had just flown in from Los Angeles. They will be doing the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu with me.
I felt fine the first day in Cuzco, doing quite a bit of walking around town. It was the second day when I started to feel sick. I felt very very cold right after I got out of bed, and went right back in after breakfast. I stayed in bed for the next 36 hours. Sleeping from time to time, always feeling super tired, with no appetite at all, getting chills and headaches, and a lot of trips to the toilet. The following day I forced myself out of bed and ate a lomo saltado, a traditional Peruvian dish. I started to feel gradually better, and in the late afternoon I was able to do a short hike to the ruins of Saksaywaman, which overlook the city of Cuzco.
I still have a slight headache, but I think I’m in decent enough shape now to start the 6-day hike tomorrow. To fight possible altitude sickness during this high elevation hike, we bought a bag of coca leaves.
you are fortunate that you did not have a longer illness. Sounds very miserable.
Yes, I was very lucky it only lasted 2 days. I think it usually lasts much longer. I felt great afterwards.
I hope you get healthy so that you can enjoy your 6-day hike to Machu Pichu. Have fun renewing your picture 😉
Thanks Thomas for your well wishes. I did indeed recover very quickly and really enjoyed the hike.