While doing handstands by a twenty-foot tall massive Incan wall we caught the attention of two Peruvians walking towards Cusco’s ancient ruins. The two men asked to get a picture with us – not a normal occurrence, but sure, why not? It was my favorite day in Cusco. An unplanned urban walk from the center of town up to the Incan ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
Their mother died yesterday. Maria gestured to the two tumbling puppies at her feet. She was bitten by a snake. Our 12 mile walk from Moray to Maras to Salinas was the kind of experience that turns a trip into riveted travel and tourists into temporary locals.
Looking back, maybe I was a little unsympathetic. “Really? You are going to take a nap? The ridge view awaits!” Jay could see where this conversation was headed. He popped three ibuprofen for his pounding headache and headed out the door. Everyone needs a little help from science to swing the world by the tail sometimes – especially at altitude. Here are some remedies we’ve found and used.
About an hour in we stopped for tea and both Jay and Beija looked awfully pale. We did a poor job of avoiding altitude sickness. But our failure is your gain! Now I’ve done the research and have tools in my altitude toolkit for you.