Participants ask about what should they bring or do before going to Riobamba,Ecuador. We usually tell them to throw sunglasses, sunscreen lotion and hat in their bags, the sun in the Equator line is vicious. Yes, it is nice in the morning, but once it gets up there-right on top of you-it might still be nice,but the rays are very strong for the skin, eyes and head. Another thing we usually tell participants, is about high altitude sickness. Riobamba and Cacha are between 3,000 and 3,500 above sea level, we tell them to take it easy the first days, do not eat much at night, drink nice herbal tea and sleep early, by the fourth day it is okay.
Dr. Jorge has asked me to post an article that tells more about how to prevent this mountian sickness, believe me, the symptoms feels like Atahualpa’s revenge!