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Montreal, Canada
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My husband and i will be going to MP/Cusco for 4 days. Which is the better place to start with in order to lessen breathing and other problems?

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1. Re: Acclimitzing

A lot of people in the forum recommend spending the first night in the Sacred Valley (like Ollantaytambo) to lessen the ascent. Since you are only visiting for 4 days, you could spend the night there, go to MP the next day and then go to Cusco the remaining days. If your plans are not set in stone, I would recommend spending more days in total (at least 6-7).

Lots of threads about altitude sickness:


P.S. A bunch of people recommended the same here in your previous thread, did you see it?


Edited: 25 August 2014, 20:46
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2. Re: Acclimitzing

It's possible but not really practical to get to MP on your first day. Fly to Cusco and go directly to a town in the Sacred Valley.

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3. Re: Acclimitzing

You will find the better hotels in Urubamba. Its better to acclimatize at lower altitude than the 3400 meters of Cusco city, which you can visit after MP.

4. Re: Acclimitzing

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