Machu Picchu Altitude

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I was Lucky!


I did not feel any problem at all, but my sister had strong headaches After we left Cusco.

Jessica Thorn

Plano, Texas

Machu Picchu by Helicopter


A helicopter service from Cusco to Aguas Calientes is now available for those who like to pay extra money to get maximum comfort. This service was provided by a 12 passenger helicopter by Heli- Cusco.


Cocoa Leaves

Don't be confused, it may be a ingredient of cocaine, but still Cocoa leaves is perfectly legal to buy in Peru. But it is illegal in most of the neighboring countries, so don't carry the cocoa bag with you while leaving Peru and entering another country.

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I hope you know that altitude sickness usually occurs when you are above 8000 ft. It is certainly not a hard and fast rule though. The effect of height depends on individuals. Many people feel nothing even when they are at that height. But there are cases when other people become sick before they reach 8000 ft. One important issue is the height of the city you live in. If you live in Denver, Colorado of USA, then you should not be much worried of Machu Picchu (elevation 8000 ft), since Denver is at a altitude 5900 ft. I have listed a table below with heights of USA cities.

I have also listed the altitude of the major cities in Peru. If you are visiting Puno or Lake Titicaca earlier than Machu Picchu, then you don't have to be worried about altitude sickness, since you should be well acclimatize in Puno. Also you have to reach Cusco earlier to reach Machu Picchu. Since Cusco is with higher altitude, if you stay there at least one day, then you should be ok in Machu Picchu.

Height of Cities in Peru


Height (Ft) Height (Meter)
Lima 5080 1550
Arequipa 7740 2380
Machu Picchu 8040 2450
Ollantaytambo 9150 2790
Cusco 10800 3300
Puno 12420 3860
Lake Titicaca 12420 3860


Height of Cities in


State and City




Mobile  218
Montgomery  221
Anchorage  144
Fairbanks  531
Grand Canyon  6606
Phoenix  1132
Tucson  2641
Little Rock  255
Bakersfield  505
Los Angeles  128
Mojave  2755
San Diego  15
San Francisco  11
Colorado Springs  6172
Denver  5883
Grand Junction  4858
Gunnison  7673
Hartford/Windsor L.  174
Wilmington  80
Washington, DC  16
Jacksonville  30
Miami  11
Tallahassee  81
Augusta  145
Atlanta  1026
Savannah  51
Hilo  47
Honolulu  13
Boise  2858
Idaho Falls  4740
Pocatello  4449
Champaign/Urbana  754
Chicago  619
Rockford  736
Springfield  597
Fort Wayne  815
Indianapolis  797
Cedar Rapids  864
Des Moines  957
Hutchinson  1542
Topeka  1080
Lexington  980
Lake Charles  17
New Orleans  4
Bangor  192
Portland  74
Baltimore  146
Boston  20
Detroit  639
Grand Rapids  794
Lansing  861


Duluth  1430
Minneapolis  841
Jackson  346
Meridian  297



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