Machu Picchu Health and Safety
It is best to drink bottled water while traveling to Machu Picchu as with anywhere through South America to prevent contracting any harmful parasites or water-borne illnesses. If no bottled water is available, be sure to travel with water purification tablets or boil water for 15 minutes to eliminate any harmful bacteria.
Many travelers are affected by the high altitude in the region. It is best to avoid caffeine, smoking, or alcohol as this will amplify the effect of dehydration that altitude often induces – be sure to drink lots of water as well. Munching on coca leaves or drinking coca tea is a good remedy for soroche (Altitude sickness).
Although Aguas Calientes isn’t too bad for crime (it is virtually non-existent in Machu Picchu), travelers should always remain wary of thieves. This particularly applies when in large crowds of people such as at the train station where bag-slashing or pick pocketing can be easily concealed. Store valuable items in your hotel safe and always keep an eye on your bags – never leave bags unattended.
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