Half of the Bolivian territory is located in
the Andean cordillera at high altitudes (+ than 3500 meters), engaging a good
shape to carry out visits. In case of heart or lung problems, check with your
general practitioner. He is the only one who can advise you.
« Soroche » or Altitude Sickness, is
a syndrome that can appear during a stay at high altitude. It gathers different
symptoms that can emerge separately, as headaches, nauseas, dry and irritating
cough, emesis, insomnia, vertigo and general fatigue.
A trip in Bolivia undoubtedly requires to
cross at high altitudes so a few simple safety tips can prevent this
annoyances. For instance, a progressive acclimation to altitude, moreover
before a trekking or a climb. It is advisable to keep regularly hydrated by
drinking water or herbal teas. Avoid alcohol and cigarette during the
acclimation. You may take some herbal teas made of coca leaves.
Except for the Amazonian part, no vaccine is mandatory. However, it is advisable to check with your doctor and ask for reminders of routine vaccinations.
We recommend a preventive treatment for malaria, only for days spent in the Amazon. There is no malaria at high altitudes.
The yellow fever vaccine is however mandatory in case of a passage in the Amazon jungle (which could be our case).