Helpful Tips

Protect yourself from the sun
Use dark sunglasses and a hat
Put on sunscreen
Extra important during trekking
Use skin moisturizer
The dry air will quickly dry out your skin and lips
Drink a lot of water
Avoid dehydration of the body
Bring warm clothes
The temperature drops at a higher altitude
Use comfortable shoes
You will walk across sand, rocks and sediments. Walk carefully
Prepare for the Altitude
If you go above 4500 m.a.s.l you might experience some symptoms of altitude sickness. Also depending on how fast you escalate towards higher altitudes you can in a fast speed provoke the symptoms to appear in an earlier state. Once in San Pedro you will already be over 2,000 m.a.s.l so your body will be processing that level of height as soon as you arrive.
The most common symptoms of a moderate altitude sickness is:
  • Dizziness or vertigo sensation
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Inappetence
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid Pulse (heart rate)
  • Feeling short of breath or having problem breathing when making an effort
  • Swelling of hands, feet and face due to fluid retention

To avoid an prevent altitude sickness we recommend you to:
  • Not to drink alcohol during the day or night before departure
  • Eat light and moderate
  • Do not make sudden movements or exercises when you are over 3,000 meters
  • Always drink plenty of water before and during your visit
  • Eat carbohydrates in small doses. Fruits, jellies or starchy foods are highly recommended
In more complex cases it may be necessary to add oxygen. In any case you feel any of these symptoms, immediately notify the guide that accompanies you:
  • Stiffness or chest congestion
  • Respiratory distress even in the resting state
  • Decreased consciousness or isolation in social interaction
  • Confusion
  • Cough
  • Pale or gray complexion
  • Inability to walk in a straight line or an absolute inability to walk
Avoid large heights if you have a heart disease or lung disease. It is important that you report any pre-existing health conditions before making any excursion with Trekana or another agency or tour operator.

Those who should avoid to go higher than 3.000 meters altitude (for example to Tatio geysers, High plateau Lagoons, Salar de Tara):
  • Babies and children under 5 years
  • Seniors older than 70 years
  • Pregnant womens
  • People with heart disease, respiratory problems or chronic lung diseases (angina pectoris, chronic bronchitis, severe asthma, etc.)
  • Those who suffer from anemia
  • People with blood coagulation disorders who is not undergoing any treatment