Cusco City View



We hung out in Cusco for four days to give ourselves time to acclimatize to the altitude before doing the Inca Trail. At the time, I thought this was a little overkill but we decided it had to be done – as opposed to risking having one of our children come down with altitude sickness while on the trail. To further prepare, we took plenty of walks in the city and up the steep trail to Sacsayhuman – from where we took this photo of the city.

I recently spent a weekend in Keystone, Colorado (courtesy, generously, of Keystone Resort) and had my first personal experience of altitude sickness. It was like having morning sickness and a bad hangover at the same time. I was miserable. To avoid this if you are planning to go into the mountains any time soon, check out this great article on how to avoid altitude sickness when traveling in the mountains.

Read more about our adventures in Peru here.

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". . .life is short and the world is wide" - Simon Raven I'm not sure I've ever consciously planned a trip based on this sentiment, but it definitely influences my subconscious! I've been traveling as frequently and widely as possible since I finished school. And I love it. I love the research, the planning, the fervent packing and the curiosity of exploring somewhere I've never been before. My husband & I are both Irish - as in born-in-Ireland. But we live in Seattle. We have two boys: wild, boisterous, regular boys. So, since becoming a Mom, I've been a WanderMom. Given our slightly-unusual family situation, routine "visits-to-Grandma" are international trips requiring passports, 10hr-flights and (oh joy!) airport transfers. I have rants, raves and opinions about how, where & why to travel with kids (start them as young as you can, I say!). I hope to learn even more by researching topics which other wandermoms may be interested in reading about on this blog. Passports, pacifiers, diapers and gameboys at the ready - off we go! Contact Info: Email Michelle: michelle (at) murphnduff (dot) org

One thought on “Cusco City View

  1. Jennifer

    We did come down with altitude sickness (by flying to Puno first, which is 400m higher, which I would NOT rcommend) and having had it, I think four days was the minimum time I would want to wait to give yourself time to get over it before doing the Inca trail. We had six nights all up, which was definitely enough time, but we wouldn’t have been ready to walk after three nights. We were pretty much better by then, but one of our kids hadn’t really eaten for two days.

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