Honolulu, United States
What is the best way to acclimatise to the high altitudes of the Andes. Especially if you are flying straight in?
Agree with everything said so far. Altitude is a strange beast as a lot of it just depends on the person. (See Martina Nav - tennis player - and Mt Kilomanjaro) I found sucking on coca leaves to help, esp while hiking the Inca Trail. I cannot say definitively say that the leaves helped, but I made a pretty good go of the trail and never felt sick while using them continuously. Try it out, just get a sack of leaves, roll a few up and put in your cheek. See how it makes u feel. Just dont take any back with u to the states because as I remember it is very illegal. over 9 years ago