If you haven’t yet heard – Cusco is at a very high altitude. I’m from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada where we have the Rocky Mountains, and – correct me if I’m wrong – but I don’t think we have a single mountain as high as Cusco with a city on top of it. And if you want to visit Machu Picchu, you need to get to and acclimatize to the city of Cusco first!
Everyone has slightly different experiences with altitude and slightly different opinions on how to deal with altitude changes, so read on to get a more comprehensive view!
What is Cusco's altitude?
Cusco is at a very high altitude of 3,399 meters (or 11,151 feet) above sea level.
What is Machu Picchu's elevation?
Machu Picchu is at an altitude of 2,430 meters (or 7,972 feet) above sea level. Contrary to popular belief, Machu Picchu's elevation is lower than that of Cusco's.
What is Huayna Picchu's elevation?
Huayna Picchu is at an altitude of 2,693 meters (or 8,835 feet) above sea level. This is the mountain that overlooks the Machu Picchu archeological site, which can be an add-on experience to Machu Picchu tours.
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