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Altitude Sickness and Kids: How to Prevent and Help Your Child Deal with Altitude Sickness

A holiday in the mountains is always something very appealing and attractive. However, something that sometimes frights parents of children preparing to travel to high places, is the so famous Altitude Sickness, also known as Moutain Sickness or, if you go to Peru or Bolivia, as Soroche.

No one wants their holidays spoiled and, in particular, no one wants their children to suffer any discomfort, particularly in this situation, from the consequences of Altitude Sickness. In our case, what led us to investigate this occurrence was the trip to Peru, in particular to Machu Picchu, which led us to try to collect as much information about Altitude Sickness, trying to know what it was, what caused it, how to prevent and, more than in the case of adults, what would be the reaction of the children because, as usual, our son, 7 years old at the time, would accompany us on this trip.

Unfortunately, there is nothing that can guarantee 100% that adults and children will not suffer from Altitude Sickness when at high altitudes, particularly at more than 2400 meters when the first symptoms begin to appear. However, there is the possibility of seeking to prevent and, when it does not work, to help overcome more quickly and in a less painful way for children and adults.

What is Altitude Sickness?


Altitude Sickness is, explained in reduced form, a malaise caused by the decrease of the quantity of oxygen in the air. That is, as we go up, the amount of oxygen in the air decreases and, generally from the 2,400 meters, this can produce unpleasant effects on the people.


One question that has no real answer is the reason why some people suffer from these unpleasant symptoms with greater or lesser intensity, and others do not suffer any symptoms at all. However, the longer you climb, the more likely you are to suffer, and as on our trip to Machu Picchu, we would stay for a few days in the city of Cusco, which is about 3400 meters away. For us, who live in the city of Lisbon, near sea level, and before we go to Cusco, we would be in the city of Lima, also coastal would be a huge change, so we have tried to study this issue with seriousness.

SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS


As we said earlier, Altitude Sickness will have consequences that may or may not affect many of us, and this applies to both adults and children's. However, the good news is that studies show that there is a greater likelihood that an adult will feel the consequences of Altitude Sickness than a child, which is great news because we prefer to always be undergoing this discomfort than our son's. Despite the lower probability, there are always some strategies that help you deal better with the consequences of Altitude Sickness, decrease your discomfort, and overcome it more quickly. Let's talk a little about them:

- When we travel there is always the desire to reach our destination and explore it greedily, but when you reach a destination at a high altitude, you will have to reserve in your schedule time to let your body get used to the new conditions. On the first, second day you will have to go slowly and respect the rhythm of your body. No hard work, no big ups, and no runs. When you feel tired, stop, relax, and breathe slowly and deeply, helping your child to follow these "rules" as well. We know that for children it may be difficult to ask them to stop but it is important that the whole family look for "go slow". Take some time to lie down to watch a movie, quiet activities ... taking it easy is rule number one.


- Keeping yourself hydrated will be important to prevent or avoid the symptoms of Altitude Sickness. Always have water with you and encourage your children to drink frequently. Sodas are always something to avoid as they are not the best way to hydrate. Water is always the best alternative as well as natural juices and tea. In addition to the general advantage of the hot tea, that help in digestion, you will often see the tea muña, that is even better for digestion, something that can be harder in the first times in altitude. You will also find out that, in places like Peru and Bolivia, you will have the chance to drink the famous coca tea. Coca tea is widely used by adults in Peru and Bolívia and there are those who recommend it for children. We did not give it to our child, just out of fear, but we gave some candy with coca made for children. If you choose to give your children coca tea, do not forget that children's tea will have to be weaker than what the ones that adults drink.


- Something you'll often see on sale in many high-altitude cities is tiny oxygen cans that, when the first Altitude Sickness symptoms are appearing, you can give the child a few seconds to breath (and also to the adults), and the symptoms tend to subside or disappear quickly. Many hotels in elevated locations are also often equipped with oxygen cylinders when needed. When you feel this need, yours or your child, seek help from the staff at the hotel where you are staying. 
Picture from OxiShot Perú
- The cold also does not help, and when in high altitudes, can contribute to the increase of the symptoms of Altitude Sickness, so we recommend that you always wear appropriate warm clothing adapted to the temperature where you will be and always look using it in multiple layers, the best way to prevent the cold.

- We have not used it but several people advise the use of ibuprofen in the case of Altitude Sickness symptoms, especially headache. However, do not forget that ibuprofen is medicine and any use of medicines should always be performed after consultation and medical advice.

- When the symptoms become severe, we recommend that you seek to descend from the height and take the adult or child to a hospital or medical center as soon as possible. Although rare, there are cases of Altitude Sickness that can be dangerous, so it is better to prevent and search for specialized help. 

How to prevent altitude sickness in toddlers and kids?


There are no 100% effective remedies to cure Altitude Sickness, but certain strategies can actually help reduce symptoms or even prevent them at 100%. Let's talk a little about these strategies.

Again, we refer to the need to talk to the doctor who follows your child before making your trip, better than anyone else, he will know the child's medical condition and will know the appropriate recommendations before starting the trip.

Something we would also like to convey is that children up to 3 months should not be subjected to high altitudes as well as children with specific medical conditions, hence again we mention the need to talk to your doctor before you to the trip with your child's. 

- One of the most effective strategies you can use is to let your body settle in slowly, that is, to stay at an intermediate altitude before moving to your final destination. Let us give our example. The gateway for many visitors to Machu Picchu is the city of Cusco, which is about 3400 meters high. However, in order to make life easier for all of us, instead of staying in Cusco, we left this part of the trip a few days later, and when we arrived at the airport, we took a taxi directly to the city of Ollantaytambo. about 2790 in height, where we stayed overnight for 3 nights and used it as a base for our trip to Machu Picchu. It may not seem like much, but 600 meters of altitude can make a lot of difference, and this was a great way to get our body used to the altitude. 
Ollantaytambo
- Another recommendation is for those who move to high altitudes by car. Try to take frequent breaks and be very careful about the curves, which often serve as a facilitator of nausea and discomfort.

- Give your child light foods before and during the trip, especially hydrocarbonates such as bread, cereals, pastes, and promote frequent ingestion of fluids, especially water.
Chicken Soup is always a great option 

- Although difficult, try to talk to the child about the need to avoid many run-ins in the early days. Take with you a set of quiet games to be able to make a family, some movie to see together... Prepare your child for the need for fewer runs and efforts. Also in the same direction, prepare for the whole family more relaxing activities for the first two days in altitude, respect and let the body get used to the changes.

- Try to sleep at lower altitudes than you have during the day. For example, if you took a ski vacation, try to do your days activities at a higher altitude than the place where you will spend the night.

Conclusions


You have your dream vacation all planned, but are you afraid of Altitude Sickness effects on your child? Do not have it, go ahead and enjoy yourself. In most cases, the symptoms will only be very slight and often children feel even less than adults. However, it is important to take certain precautions and cautions, such as those throughout our article.

Traveling with children is wonderful, and your mountain holiday with your son becomes even more special when we see their joy. However, do not forget the importance of talking to your doctor and, after that, enjoy your vacations! 


We hope that our article will help you plan your trip and if you still do not have a place to stay, we always do our reservations with booking, they are our partners and it's with them that we get the best deals. You can look for the best deals in your destiny by clicking here, it will not cost you any money and, it helps us to support our blog.

We would also like to invite you to give your opinion and questions and, in case you have already traveled to a place with high altitude and suffer from altitude sickness, let us know what you think is the best way to prevent it and to deal with it. Thanks for your visit to our Non Stop Family Travel Blog, come back often and, if you liked our article, do not forget to share it with your friends.

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How to get from Lima International Airport to Miraflores


The vast majority of visitors to Peru come to this country through Lima, more specifically through the Jorge Chávez International Airport. Although this is not a very big airport, has only one terminal, is one of the most important and busiest airports in South America, with optimal conditions and, having also won the award for best airport in South America in the year 2011.

Jorge Chavez International Airport is also known as the Lima International Airport, but contrary to what the name may indicate, it is not properly in Lima, but in the district of Callao, about 17 km from the Center of Lima. 


Although many people use Lima just as a gateway to Peru and seek to go directly to Cusco or other areas of the country, many others take advantage of their passage by Peru's Capital to know Lima and reserve a few days of their trip to explore the city, as was our case.

Also, like us, many of the tourists who visit Lima, end up to stay in the Miraflores district, in our opinion the best place to stay in Lima (see here our article on the best place to stay in Lima).

Jorge Chavez International Airport


When you arrive at Lima International Airport, you will see that it really is a very organized and very busy airport. However, although you may not find yourself very far from the City Center, you will notice that the arrival process may not be as easy as when compared to other airports.

One reason is that this airport is not served by train or subway, as many airports as you may know. This may not be a big setback but when we started to study the best way to travel from the Lima International Airport to Miraflores, we read reports that we are obliged to say, left us with some reservations, and led us to organize well this part of our journey, because there are some risks that, when well prepared, can be avoided.

And the reason is that, as we mentioned earlier, the airport is located in the district of Callao and, this district is one of the most dangerous in Lima. As we mentioned in our article on the best place to stay in Lima (click here to read), the security issue is a factor to take into account when planning your visit to Lima. However, we do not want to scare you, Lima can be very safe but like many other large cities you may travel, there's the need to have some care and planning, including planning how to go from the airport to the center of Lima, specifically to Miraflores, if there's the place you will be hosted, as was our case.

What we want to convey is that this route can be very safe, it is not just us who say it, it is the experience of millions of people who do it every year. However, there is some care to have and, with the right organization, everything will go very well and you will have the opportunity to know and fall in love with the city of Lima.

How to get from Lima International Airport to Miraflores?


Let us go for the real question, which is: How to get from Lima International Airport to Miraflores?

The truth is that, although there is no train or metro, there are still several alternatives, such as taxis, transfers, and buses. Let's take a closer look at each one.

Taxis


Taxi rides in Peru are not something expensive, at least when compared to the prices of Europe. However, as in many other cities around the world, getting a taxi at the airport is more expensive than in the city center. However, there are some rules that are important to take into account when picking up a Taxi at Lima Airport.
One of the rules is that taxis do not have a meter, so you should have your price negotiated before entering it. Tell the taxi driver where you want to go and do not accept the first price they ask. You can pay in Nuevos Soles or US Dollars, both currencies are usually accepted.

Another issue has to do with the taxi company that you will hire. You have two possibilities, hire one of the official companies working at the Airport or, get out of the airport and look for an unofficial taxi. The unofficial taxi option may be cheaper. We can talk then and negotiate but, there is no certainty of the price and we are led to say that this is the least safe option since we heard some cases in which people report having had less happy experiences in their journey with taxis picked up outside the airport. However, a number of reports also refer to good experiences and lower prices.

However, as we travel with family, we feel that the possible higher cost does not compensate for the higher risk, so we advise you to book your official taxi in the airport, which you will easily find on the way out of it.

The companies of taxis to exercise within the Airport of Lima International are the following:

Taxi Green

Taxi Direct

Taxi 365

Mitsoo

CMV Taxi

What we advise is to check the exact price for your destination and ask at the counter to write the price, so that there is no question with the driver and he does not try to renegotiate the value. Moreover, if this is your decision, it will undoubtedly be the safest way to get a taxi at Lima airport, and despite the price, we even think that it pays the investment considering the ever important security issue.

The duration of the trip usually lasts about 30, 40 minutes but it depends a lot on the time and the traffic, which is often very intense in Lima. Once again, we do not want to frighten anyone, but it's not a bad thing to always have the utmost prudence when we come to a city as big as Lima. When driving, try not to carry expensive electronic devices near the window to avoid the temptation that at any traffic jam or traffic light there is a chance that someone will break the glass and try to steal. Again, we do not want to alarm anyone, but it is not a bad thing to always have the usual safety standards and not to make it easier, as in so many places around the world, tourists are often a more attractive target so, don't facilitate in nothing.

UBER and CABIFY - Easy Taxy


An alternative to Taxi may be to use the Uber or Easy Taxi applications. There are only two options, one of them is that you need to have internet on your phone when you call, which may not be the case, as it was not the other.


Another issue that may depart from this option is the fact that the offer is not as great as in other cities around the world and we collect reports of cases where the waiting time was too long or it was not even possible to have a vehicle available near the airport. However, these alternatives seem to be optimal in the city of Lima, where the supply is much higher and prices are lower than ordinary taxis.

Private Transfer


Several hotels have a shuttle service, which will take you directly from the airport to the hotel. At the time of making your reservation, find out if they have this service, as well as its costs, as it may be an alternative, although sometimes more expensive, but safe when contractualized with the hotel.

Another option would be the Ebus Lima Airport Shuttle, where for about 8 US $ (prices of 2019) you can buy your ticket to Miraflores, and you can buy in advance over the internet. Then, just pick up the van at the designated stop and make the trip in comfort to Miraflores. This is not a private trip, as it will be done in conjunction with other passengers, but will be done in safety and full comfort until Kennedy Park, which is in the center of Miraflores. It has the advantage of free wifi, which is always great, especially after huge flights.


Check here for the official website to know more about prices and schedules.

Another very convenient possibility is to schedule your transfer with the company Peru Van which, in addition to the service of taxis for 30 $USD for the trip, you can schedule your trip by van to your hotel.


Check here the official website to know more about prices and schedules and, if you wish, to make your reservation. 

Another great option is the Urbanito Shuttle Bus, that it will also take you to your hotel and back to the airport.

We invite you also to take a look at their site to find out more about their prices and schedules.

Airport Express Lima


Another possibility is the use of Airport Express Lima, which we are forced to say, turns out to be a great option. The buses are new and have very good conditions, with the advantage of free wifi and being able to charge your mobile phone while traveling.


It also has the advantage of having 7 arrival points in Miraflores so you can choose the most convenient option for you and the price is very good, $ 8 USD for a trip and $ 15 USD round trip (2010 prices)


Click here to know more about prices and times through the official website of the company.

Public Bus (Combis)


There is also the possibility of using public transport companies that pass by the entrance of the airport every day. These are undoubtedly the cheapest options and, which are generally more used by locals. The prices are really magnificent, only 3 Nuevos Soles and you will have 3 main options:

Holding Express S

Route:
- Av. Faucett (Lima International Airport)
- Av. Precursores
- Av. La Mar
- Av. Mariscal Sucre
- Av. Ejército
- Av. Pardo
- Av. Ricardo Palma
- Av. Benavides

Aquarius Express

Route:
- Av. Faucett (Aeropuerto Jorge Chávez)
- Av. La Marina
- Av. Pershing
- Av. Salaverry
- Av. Del ejercito
- Av. Pardo
- Óvalo de Miraflores

Rome-I Consortium

Route:
- Av. Faucett (Lima International Airport)
- Av. La Marina
- Av. Brasil
- Av. 28 de Julio
- Av. Abancay (Historic center of Lima)

Please, take note that Holding Express S and Aquarius Express will take you to Miraflores but, the third hypothesis, Rome-I Consortium, will take you to the Historic Center of Lima, not far from Miraflores.

We like to use, whenever possible, the means of transportation that the locals use, it is always a great way to know a little more about the culture where we arrived and feel like the locals. However, we have had some references that have caused us some apprehension. One of them is that it is not the most comfortable way to travel, because it can run the situation of the occupation of the van is bigger than it should be. But another issue that caused us greater apprehension were reports that referred less security and, the fact that it is not a means of transportation very "friendly" to those who travel with luggage, which was our situation, which is why we chose not to use public transport this time.

Rent a car


This is also an option for those arriving at Lima airport, but if you wish to go downtown, it is not at all the best opinion, at our possibility. The traffic in Lima is very, very intense and, for those who come from outside, it may be difficult to get a city that can be considered chaotic for a visitor.


If your destination is other than the center of Lima, it may be a hypothesis to consider but, to travel to Miraflores or any other place in Central Lima, we do not recommend, because you can get cheaper and easier alternatives.

Conclusion


In conclusion, although this airport is not the easiest to get transported to the city center, there are still several possibilities. Probably, if you search, you will still find more companies than those we mentioned, we only spoke about these because they were the best references we had and, and we feel more secure to share with the reader.


The question of security is a factor to take into account when making your decision, of course that whoever travels always has an adventurous side within them but we leave the suggestion to be very cautious if you wish to venture out of Lima International Airport, as there are some precautions to take into account for a tourist, and you should always take the necessary precautions when doing so.

However, we do not want in any way that our article serves to frighten you and lead you not to visit and explore Lima. Go, explore and fall in love with this wonderful city. We did it and we loved it. Just have, as in so many other cities around the world, proper precautions, and make the most of it.

We hope that our article will help you plan your trip to Lima and if you still do not know where to stay in Lima, check out our article on the best place to stay in Lima.

If you still don't have a place to stay in Lima, we always do our reservations with booking, they are our partners and its with them that we get the best deals. You can look for the best deals in the city of Lima by clicking here, it won't cost you any money and, it helps us to support our blog.

We would also like to invite you to leave your opinion and questions and, in case you have already visited Lima, let us know what you think is the best way to get from Lima International Airport to Miraflores or to the City Center.

Thanks for your visit to our Non Stop Family Travel Blog, come back often and, if you liked our article, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

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What is the best place to stay in Lima? Tips for a family trip


Visiting Peru has always been a huge desire of our family but, we are forced to say that the main goal for our trip to Peru was to visit Machu Picchu, which is in the Cusco area. However, as for so many tourists arriving annually to Peru, our gateway to this country would be through the capital, the city of Lima.

We know that many people just pass through Lima and go as quickly as possible to Cusco, however, this was not our desire, because we wanted to know the city of Lima and, thankfully, we did it. We booked 3 nights of our family trip to the city of Peru and, it was the best thing we could do.

Of course, it would always be impossible to know a city as vast as Lima in only 3 days but, but we wanted to know the most we could, so one of the issues we had when organizing our family trip to Lima was: what is the best place to stay in Lima?

And this might not be an easy question because, in fact, Lima is an immense city that, with about 9 million inhabitants (almost as much as our country, Portugal), has a wide offer of places for a tourist to stay.

However, there were two main issues that, for us, had to be on the basis of our choice. One of them was the fact that it needed to be well located at the access level, which allowed us to explore the most we wanted to know of the city, within our possibilities for the time we had. Another key issue would have to be security. Although we have a taste for adventure and discovery, we always try to take the necessary care to feel safe, especially since we were parents and began traveling with our son, which increased our need to feel safe in any destination we travel.

In this way, we set out to explore and investigate, and we came across 3 main options, namely the Historic Center area (Central Lima), San Isiro and Miraflores. Let's talk a little about each one, and finally, the reasons that led to our choice.

Historical Center (Central Lima)


Whenever we can, we like very much to stay in the Historical Center of a city that we are visiting. There is nothing better than the feeling of waking up in the center of everything, going out in the morning to walk and enjoy a city. This was undoubtedly one of the first hypotheses we thought about where to stay in Lima, because some of the attractions that we wanted to know were actually in the Historic Center of the city, namely the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace and the Convent of San Francisco, among others.


Another of the questions that captivated us was that, by doing a hotel survey, the prices in this area of the city were more captivating than those found in San Isiro and Miraflores, so we tried to find out why this happened, because hotels near the Historic Center of a city tend to be more expensive.

And we quickly discovered some information through the evaluations of some users of hotels in that area, who said they did not feel it as a very safe place to stay, especially at night but, not only ay night. The increase in our research confirmed that this area is not, in fact, the safest in the city and that it does not have the number of police necessary to offer security to those who visit it, and it have neighborhoods nearby that may actually pose a risk to visitors.


So, although we had the objective of knowing this area of the city, we decided not to stay there, unfortunately, because we did not feel secure in the reports we had access to.

District of San Isiro


Determined not to stay in the Historical Center of Lima, we proceeded to investigate the second hypothesis, namely the District of San Isiro. San Isiro is very different, is known as the financial district of Lima, with great infrastructures and, very important, a lot of security.


It is also known for modern buildings, so it is possible to find here some of the best hotels in Lima, as well as the most expensive ones, as well as the restaurants level, it has a lot of offer but,  you will also find here the higher prices of Lima. It is also the place where many embassies are located, as well it is the best place where you can play golf, tennis, and sightseeing with huge houses of European-style architecture.


It is also known for being a great place for just go walking, rather than the fact that it is a very safe and clean place. However, it has the inconvenience of being a little away from the center of Lima and, as previously mentioned, the prices of lodging in this area are higher. Joining the fact that this is a place more destined to those who travel to Lima on business and, that was not our goal, it was not in this district that we chose to stay.

Miraflores


Let's go straight to the subject and say right away that this was our choice and which we strongly recommend to anyone visiting Lima, especially for the first time.


Miraflores may not be as modern as San Isiro, but is very modern, clean, secure and, it also has great hotels, at great prices, and a huge offer, so you will surely find a choice that suits your tastes. 

Besides being able to obtain great prices, it has the possibility of allying security, is also a very organized, clean and safe neighborhood, with the advantage of easily you will be able to reach tourist and historical destinations in the zone or very nearby, such as Huaca Pucllana, is also a great place to go walking, something we love to do, always in great safety.


It also has the incentive to be right by the sea, which is always an asset and, it has a huge gastronomic offer, and we must also point out that this is where the Larcomar Shopping Center is located, being a great place to dine, with a wide range of offers and with a great view of the sea.

Conclusions


We have to be honest, Miraflores turns out to be really very targeted for tourists. In high season, you will easily find more tourists than locals and you will not be able to say that you met the "real" Lima just strolling through its streets. However, we really felt that the issue of safety was something we did not want to do without, especially traveling with a child and this being our first experience in Peru, so we opted for Miraflores.

At the lodging level, we got great prices for the quality of service (check here the best deals in booking) and, around Miraflores, we always feel great security walking the city, one thing we always love to do, especially walking by the sea, something privileged in this district.


Also in Miraflores, you will find a huge gastronomic offer, for all prices, but it is easy to make a great meal for very low prices when compared to European standards. We also felt that this was a great starting point to get to know other areas of the city, and it is easy to connect with Lima International Airport.

We hope that our research and experience can help when choosing where to stay in Lima. Although often, those who arrive in Peru through Lima do so with the intention of going to Lima, we invite you to reserve two or three nights at least to get to know this vibrant and lively city, for sure you will not regret your decision.

We always do our reservations with booking, they are our partners and its with them that we get the best deals. You can look for the best deals by clicking here, it won't cost you any money and, it helps us to support our blog.

We would also like to invite you to leave your opinion and questions and, in case you have already visited Lima, let us know what you think is the best place to stay in the city of Lima. Thanks for your visit to our Non Stop Family Travel Blog, come back often and, if you liked our article, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

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