While exploring the historic capital of Santa Fe, the last thing many visitors expect to feel is altitude sickness. Although this condition doesn’t affect everyone, it is a very real sickness that brings an unpleasant wave of nausea and discomfort. If you’re not prepared, it can put a damper on your Santa Fe vacation plans! Since Santa Fe and Chimayo share an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet above sea level, it’s important to make sure you are prepared and ready to prevent Santa Fe altitude sickness. That way, you can enjoy your getaway without worry!
When you avoid Santa Fe altitude sickness, you’ll have more time to enjoy the wide variety of activities listed in our Chimayo Vacation Guide! Download yours for free today for all the best recommendations for local attractions, restaurants, museums, and more.
What is Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness happens when you cannot get enough oxygen from the air at higher altitudes. It is most prominent in people arriving from areas with much lower altitudes. Symptoms include nausea, loss of appetite, headache, and fatigue. While some may experience mild symptoms, altitude sickness can leave some unable to even stand for extended periods. Some forms of altitude sickness can become fatal, so be aware of your symptoms and know when to seek medical attention immediately.
How to Beat Santa Fe Altitude Sickness
We want you to be able to enjoy your visit to Chimayo and Santa Fe. Therefore, we suggest the following to help you have a vacation that is not impacted by altitude sickness:
- Stay hydrated. Drink before you are thirsty and always have your water bottle with you.
- Limit your alcohol intake, especially for the 1st few days of your trip.
- Take an over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen.
Note: Acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) has no benefit for this purpose.
- Start exercising before you arrive. If you have not done this, don’t start your vacation with a 10-mile hike. Rest and relax for the first few days of your vacation. Give your body a chance to acclimate to the higher elevation and dry climate.
- Limit your caffeine intake or any beverage that promotes dehydration.
- Loss of appetite can be a symptom. Even so, try to eat foods that are higher in potassium. Examples include chocolate, bananas, tomatoes, dried fruits, greens, granola, orange juice, broccoli, cantaloupe, potatoes, spinach, watermelon, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms.
- Avoid excessive salt intake.
- Mild insomnia may also a symptom. Sometimes a cup of herbal tea at bedtime will help you sleep.
- You may feel fatigued, weak, short of breath, dizzy or lightheaded. There may also be swelling in your hands, feet or face. An increase in your blood pressure for the first few days that you are here is also a common sign.
- Remember your hat, sunscreen and lip balm, regardless of the time of year. Our higher elevation means that the atmosphere is much thinner here. This means a much higher chance of sunburn. At our elevation, you will be exposed to about 30% more UV rays than at the beach.
If you do experience any of these Santa Fe altitude sickness symptoms, they’ll usually subside after the first few days of your trip. However, following these simple rules will make you much less susceptible to altitude sickness.
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