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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Survivor guide: Visiting Machu Pichu


    When visiting Machu Pichu, tourists should be aware of a few potential risks and how to avoid them. Here are some of the most common risks to look out for:

    1. Altitude sickness

    Spending a couple of days at Cuzco before entering the Machu Pichu trail will help to avoid altitude sickness.  It is also wise to avoid encountering problems by taking things real slow and easy; drinking coca tea (although people with high blood pressure or heart problems should be aware that this tea can have the same effects as drinking too much coffee) and looking out for potential signs of altitude sickness:

    • Headaches
    • Nausea
    • Breathing difficulties

    Should you experience any or all of these symptoms, sit down, relax and enjoy the view for a while.

    2. Watching your step

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    Even a little rain can make stones and walkways extremely slippery. Loose stones and other debris can also result in injuries by tripping or slipping. Avoid slips, trips and falls by wearing suitable footwear and watch your step very carefully at all times. Wearing suitable clothing (like a poncho or raincoat) is recommended to cater for heavy showers, as umbrellas tend to be way too cumbersome on the trail.

    3. Sheer drops

    While some of the dense surrounding jungle has been cleared and parts of the masonry has been reinforced, the Machu Pichu trail does not have any safety rails preventing visitors from injury by falling. It is therefore, essential to avoid falls from height by being extremely careful when walking close to edges.

    4. Llamas

    Cute and generally calm, llamas are wild animals and should always be treated with respect. Pulling, poking or jostling; attempting to mount or otherwise pestering them could result in these animals biting or kicking, so steer clear and leave them in peace. Should you spot llamas in an apparent hurry coming towards you, get out of the way, as they could otherwise trample you.

    5. Food and drink

    Incidents of food poisoning have occasionally been reported, so it is best to eat in recommended restaurants only and give other less well known establishments a wide berth.

    Incidents at Machu Pichu

    Accidents at Machu Pichu can and will happen, as can injuries by tripping or slipping in shops or restaurants while in Cuzco. Should you sustain an injury on holiday through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to file a claim for personal injury compensation.

    Accident Advice Helpline advisors can help you to confirm your claim eligibility and get an experienced in-house solicitor assigned to you. Call the free phone helpline today on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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