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4/29/2013 10:39:19 AM
I recently returned from a vacation in Peru where altitude sickness is a major issue for the tourist industry. Cusco is at 11,150 ft and Puno (Lake Titicaca) is 12,500. Most hotels have oxygen available for people experiencing serious problems. The consensus is that nearly everyone does fine by the third day. I have lived at 8,000 for the last 12 years and have guests visit on a regular basis. Any symptoms usually appear early in a visit or if the guest tries to do too much too soon. The science of acclimatization is one of steady improvement over time, so the more time you can spend (and train) at altitude the better the outcome should be.
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