Soroche or altitude sickness is due to hypoxia, or lack of oxygen. In high places, above 7,000 feet, the air is “thinner,” due to lower levels of barometric pressure. This means that the air is less dense, though the percentage of oxygen in the air remains the same. The result of the thinner air is that each breath contains lowers levels of oxygen than what you may be used to at lower elevations. To cope with the thinner air at high altitudes, the body goes through a series of changes known as acclimatization. Without taking the time to properly acclimatize, you risk experiencing altitude sickness.
Machu Picchu. It is on most people’s list, and for good reason. It is one of the most amazing and transcendental places in the Americas. But many folks wonder how you get to the Peruvian Andes, and what do you do to make the trip easy, comfortable, and memorable?
It’s Not the Attitude, But the Altitude
Cusco, the gateway to Machu Picchu, is 11,152 feet, a height that can cause altitude sickness, especially for travelers coming from sea level. Machu Picchu is at 7,972 feet, so the best plan to mitigate altitude sickness is to arrive in Cusco in the morning and then take the first train immediately to Machu Picchu....
It’s the time of year you promise to do everything, from lose weight, work less and spend more time with the loved ones. Bucket lists are being made, re-written or added to. Every year it seems to be the same, we have good ideas and the best intentions. It happens to all of us!
There is one very special one. It may be on your list and may have been there a while: TRAVEL TO PERU! Peru is booming right now! Tourist arrivals are increasing year on year, not just to see the incredible archaeological sites but also to experience the fascinating culture, amazing cuisine, friendly people and breath taking scenery. In fa...
The Knee Pain is a common symptom among hikers, runners and cyclists. One of the most common type of pain is around or behind the kneecaps commonly known as “runner’s knee.” The symptoms of this type of knee pain worsens when walking up or down stairs, walking uphill, running, jumping or activities that force the knee to bear weight. It is often caused by worn out shoes or muscular weakness in the quadriceps and hamstrings. And for some hikers, the pain is often caused by trauma or overuse.
According to physiotherapist and trek leader at INKAPOWER “Trekkers usually are scared and put excessive pressure on th...
Peruvian food is a marvelous combination of Spanish cuisine with traditional Peruvian ingredients, including later influences from immigrants originating from China, Italy, France, West Africa and Japan.
Peruvian cuisine is delicious and reflects the diverse cultural history of Latin America. Like many other expressions of Peruvian culture, the cuisine itself goes back to pre-Inka times.
Where did it originate?
According to the chronicles of the Inkas, there was a group of chefs whom prepared food for the royal family. During this period the food cons
Most people believe that the Inkas spoke Quechua, while others will say that they spoke the Aymara language, however just a few people know that the language of the first Inkas that arrived at Cusco was not either of these two languages. In fact, an older and distinguished language was recognized by the first Spanish chroniclers as a secret language that only the royal Inka families were permitted to use.
The Divine Language of the Inkas:
The Inka Garcilazo de la Vega, in his book Los Comentarios Reales, tells us "the Inkas had a particular language that only the royal class can speak and the rest of the kingdom...
The gold fever in California had its highest peak in 1848. Between January 1 and June 30, 1849, more than 10,000 immigrants from Chile, Mexico, and Peru arrived in San Francisco, the most important port. Problems such as hunger and the spread of disease and criminals multiplied. The Peruvians not only were searching for gold, they were merchants and owners of boats. In Lima, Peru, the newspaper El Peruano published dramatic articles on this situation.
The Peruvian citizens who were facing difficulties in California asked President Ramón Castilla for his protection. Peru was able to send the brigantine warship "G...
A new section of the Inka Trail has been recently discovered by researchers at the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu. It is an impressive archaeological discovery, in which there is an immense tunnel through the rock that remained hidden for more than 500 years.
As indicated by the Decentralized Direction of Culture of Cusco, the new section of road leads to the area of Wayraqtambo, or Tambo de los Vientos, located on the back of the mountain where the citadel of Machu Picchu stands. This is between the archaeological sites of Wiñay Huayna and Intipata, which form part of the present Inca Trail.