Altitude sickness

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Cotopaxi, Ecuador
Altitude sickness - On Cotopaxi, trying to pretend I feel OK!
Altitude sickness - Cotopaxi
Altitude sickness - Cotopaxi
Altitude sickness - Cotopaxi

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Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Altitude sickness Oct 30, 2012
By the time we came to Cotopaxi we had already been in Ecuador for nearly a week, spending our time in and around Quito. The city lies at 2,800 metres, which can be high enough to cause shortness of breath and making climbing its many hills a challenge (altitude sickness is generally thought to be possible anywhere above 2,400 metres). But we had both found that we didn’t really notice the altitude here as much as we’d expected, and I was hopeful that Cotopaxi would not be a problem either.

But the higher altitude here did trouble me a bit, making the slight headache I had woken up with that morning into a pounding one, and somewhat spoiling what would have been a super day. Even the local remedy of coca tea, which we bought at a little café and gift-shop inside the park ($1.50 per cup) made no difference, unfortunately. There’s not much you can do to counter it though, so best to be prepared to have to suffer a little to get these magnificent views! And if you’re planning to hike here, do allow extra time to acclimatise and maybe not plan to do too much the first day. On our second day in this area, when we went nearly as high, I had no problems other than a slight breathlessness when climbing even a short flight of steps.

You also need to be aware of the signs of more serious altitude sickness such as fever, coughing, permanent shortness of breath (even when resting) and even loss of consciousness. Altitude sickness of this magnitude can lead to potentially fatal complications and the only cure is to descend, so if you should experience any of these symptoms don’t try to struggle through – just get down that mountain. No view is worth dying for!
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Toonsarah says:
The coca tea has helped me a little in the past Steven but seemed to make no difference here. I have to say I have never tried viagra, nor even been offered it!
Posted on: May 30, 2017
docdotcalm24vt says:
Good advice. On the road into Bolivia from Chile the road got up to 3,900 meters and any sudden movement of my hand or head felt awkward. The restaurants on the road served tea made from cocaine leaves. They also sold viagra which had the same effect of minimizing some of the symptoms :)
Posted on: May 29, 2017
Toonsarah says:
Thank you both :-)
Posted on: Apr 26, 2017
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