Your flights are confirmed, you have your final itinerary and all the work of researching and planning your trip has paid off, you are going to Peru! Excitement fills your day, you tell all your friends and family you are embarking on a hiking adventure that leads deep into the Andes to visit the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu. Then it dawns on you, you are actually doing this, now what?
Head splitting headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite. Most people don’t realize they have been feeling the symptoms of altitude sickness until it is already upon them. Throughout the world, trekking in higher altitude rewards you with stunning mountain views and unforgettable memories as you venture onward. With these rewards comes challenges such as correctly acclimating to the higher elevation. Destinations such as Mount Kilimanjaro or Machu Picchu are on every adventurer's bucket list, just keep in mind to prepare before being hit with altitude sickness while on the trail.
Arriving in the sweltering heat of Yangon’s airport to be greeted by a Longi clad wearing driver is stepping back in time 50 years into a part of Asia that has seen little influence from the outside world. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, shows crumbling signs of the British rule in the architecture and infrastructure mixed with pagodas and stupas peppered throughout the city. The Burmese culture is warm and inviting and the cuisine is a unique blend of textures, flavors and spices. One of the most unique staples in Burmese cuisine is Lahpet Thoke, fermented tea leaf salad with roasted peanuts, crispy beans, crunchy sesame seeds and aromatic fried garlic.
Why We Love this Boutique Cloud Forest Getaway
Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world and getting there, may it be by train or by trail, is not an easy feat. After a full day of viewing the awe inspiring mystic Inca citadel, what better than being welcomed into a world class boutique hotel nestled into the cloud forest.
We love this boutique hotel because it offers a unique balance of local charm and authentic hospitality blended with the refined luxury one deserves after a long Machu Picchu tour. The cloud forest is a sanctuary to relax and unwind while exploring the surrounding trails, soaking in a massage experience at the UNU Spa or learning about the 372 native orchid species found here.