Andean High

Did the hotel stairs make you breathless? Is your head spinning or achy? Having trouble sleeping? If so, you’re probably suffering the mild symptoms of altitude sickness, which will disappear after a day or two. Quito’s elevation of about 2850m can certainly have this effect if you’ve just arrived from sea level. To minimize symptoms, take things easy upon arrival, eat light and lay off the cigarettes and alcohol. For alleviating symptoms, some swear by the benefits of té de coca (coca-leaf tea), which some cafes, such as Tianguez, have on hand.