Warning: when you are traveling and someone gives you advise. Take it! While on the plane from Miami to Bogota the gentleman next to me advised me to take it easy in Bogota. Bogota is 8660 ft above sea level. (Quito and La Paz 12,400 ft are higher and Denver's height is 5380 ft above sea level)
The reason that I am pointing this out is that there is such a thing as High Altitude sickness. Symptoms would be like an alcohol hangover: headache is the cardinal symptom, sometimes accompanied by fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and occasionally vomiting. Headache onset is usually 2–12 hours after arrival at a higher altitude and often during or after the first night. Preverbal children may develop loss of appetite, irritability, and pallor. AMS generally resolves with 24–72 hours of acclimatization.
Should you have these symptom please take it seriously. Having been to an amazing place and thought nothing because I had been to Denver and had no issues did not. I was sick from Wednesday to Saturday when I left Bogota. Not thinking anything of it. Three weeks after return home to Madison I still was not feeling well. I went to the Doctor who information me that I had such an acute case that I will need to take Medication should I go again. It was such good news because I truly felt that I had some serious issues. But on the other side to know that the beauty of the mountains now have to be looked at in a different way.
Will it stop me from exploring the beauty that surrounds us. Know but I will be more cautious in the future!
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