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Altitude of Lima Peru

It’s difficult to avoid the effects of altitude in Peru. Many backpackers will cross the Andes eventually, generally to stay at high altitude areas such Cusco and Puno.

For the majority of people, particularly those who take the time to acclimatize, the effects of height would be limited by some extra puffing and panting. Altitude vomiting, but is a significant concern, and something that could require some preplanning to accommodate acclimatization.

Tall and incredibly High Altitudes in Peru

Altitudes tend to be understood to be follows:

High Altitude: 1, 500 to 3, 500 m (5, 000 to 11, 500 ft)
High Altitude: 3, 500 to 5, 500 m (11, 500 to 18, 000 ft)
Severe Altitude: above 5, 500 m (18, 000 ft)

The height to remember, however, is 2, 500 m (8, 000 ft) above sea level — the level where height illness can occur (while feasible below this amount, it is extremely rare). The possibility of height nausea increases while you go higher. Be especially cautious whenever ascending to your “very high altitudes” of 3, 500 m and overhead.

peru altitude chart

Listed here dining table includes an array of high-altitude locations in Peru (heights tend to be approximate):

Location Altitude
Cerro de Pasco 4, 330 m (14, 200 ft)
Puno (Lake Titicaca) 3, 810 m (12, 500 ft)
Chivay 3, 630 m (11, 910 ft)
Cusco 3, 399 m (11, 152 ft)
Huancayo 3, 259 m (10, 692 ft)
Huaraz 3, 052 m (10, 013 ft)
Urubamba 2, 870 m (9, 416 ft)
Ollantaytambo 2, 792 m (9, 160 ft)
Ayacucho 2, 760 m (9, 058 ft)
Písac 2, 715 m (8, 907 ft)
Cajamarca 2, 700 m (8, 858 ft)
Machu Picchu 2, 430 m (7, 970 ft)
Abancay 2, 378 m (7, 800 ft)
Arequipa 2, 350 m (7, 710 ft)
Chachapoyas 2, 335 m (7, 660 ft)
Source: howtoperu.com
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