Nothing halts the excitement of a getaway like altitude sickness. Although this condition doesn’t affect everyone, it’s a very real sickness that brings an unpleasant wave of nausea and discomfort to those it plagues. Due to our area’s high altitude, approximately 7,000 feet above sea level, it’s important that you know how to ward off this illness. If you’re not prepared, it can put a huge damper on your Santa Fe vacation plans. We know first-hand how you can avoid Santa Fe altitude sickness so that you’ll have ample, uninterrupted time to explore New Mexico. Dream up your itinerary with the best local recommendations from our complimentary Vacation Guide. This guide has everything! Find out the best spots to dine, get outside, and more.
Top 10 Remedies for Santa Fe Altitude Sickness
What is Altitude Sickness?
Altitude sickness is the result of not getting enough oxygen from the air at higher altitudes. It’s most prominent in people visiting from areas with much lower altitudes. Not being accustomed to these conditions can have a serious impact on the body!
Common 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 of time. In rare cases, some forms of altitude sickness can become fatal, so be aware of your symptoms and know when to seek medical attention.
How to Combat Santa Fe Altitude Sickness
We want you to be able to enjoy your visit to Chimayo and Santa Fe. So, we suggest the following to ensure you have a vacation that’s uninterrupted by, or at least cushions, the effects of altitude sickness:
- Stay hydrated. Drink water before you feel thirsty and always have your water bottle with you. Remember, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!
- Limit your alcohol intake, especially for the first few days of your trip as this can cause dehydration.
- Take an over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. Note that Acetaminophen (Tylenol) has no benefit for this purpose.
- Start exercising before you arrive. If you have not done this, don’t start your vacation with an intense hike. We know you want to see our beautiful area, but don’t shock your body! 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.
- 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. Loss of appetite is a symptom of altitude sickness. Even so, don’t starve your body of the vital nutrients it needs.
- Avoid excessive salt intake.
- Be sure to get enough sleep! Mild insomnia may also be a symptom. 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. At our elevation, you will be exposed to about 30 percent more UV rays than at the beach. Because of this, you have a much higher chance of sunburn.
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.
Rest Your Body at Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast
We hope you’ll be able to combat Santa Fe altitude sickness when you follow our tips. Regarless, rest easy at Casa Escondida. Located in the heart of Chimayo, NM, our cozy bed and breakfast is the perfect getaway for travelers seeking pure relaxation and seclusion. We’re nestled on six acres of stunning land just 30 minutes from Santa Fe. In addition to our pristine location, guests will also enjoy traditionally decorated guest rooms, modern amenities, delicious breakfast each morning, and access to exclusive vacation packages.
Indulge in New Mexico-style relaxation when you book a stay in our Vista Room. This room has cozy accommodations adorned with New Mexico flair. Enjoy a cozy king-size bed as well as a daybed, and views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the private patio. Our New Mexico bed and breakfast is full of cozy accommodations like this. So, be sure to browse all of our guest rooms, find one that suits you, and book your getaway today!