Popular Peruvian City and Attraction Altitudes

All You Need to Know About Altitudes in Peru

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Nervous about altitude sickness? The following table will tell you how high you'll be going when you visit various locations and common travel destinations in Peru, including major cities like Lima and popular tourist attractions such as Machu Picchu.

How Altitudes Are Measured

City altitudes tend to be taken from the city center. Lima, for example, is about 505 feet (154 meters) above sea level at the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), while Cerro San Cristóbal (the highest point in Lima) rises up to 1,312 feet (400 meters).

The table also includes altitudes for some of Peru’s most popular tourist attractions.

Preparing for Altitude Sickness

In terms of altitude sickness, the starting height to be aware of is 8,000 feet (2,500 m) above sea level, because altitude sickness can begin to occur at this height. If you are traveling to an area at this height or above, you’ll need to take the necessary precautions and acclimatize correctly when visiting cities and attractions at this point and above.

Altitudes of Poplar Peruvian Destinations

The table below is divided into locations above and below the 8,000 feet mark. For a quick visual impression of altitudes across the country, see this physical map of Peru.

City or AttractionHeight Above Sea Level (in feet/in meters)
Nevado Huascarán (highest mountain in Peru)22,132 ft / 6,746 m
Cerro de Pasco14,200 ft / 4,330 m
Inca Trail (highest point; Warmiwañusqa pass)13,780 ft / 4,200 m
Puno12,556 ft / 3,827 m
Juliaca12,546 ft / 3,824 m
Lake Titicaca12,507 ft / 3,812 m
Huancavelica12,008 ft /  3,660 m
Colca Valley (at Chivay)12,000 ft /  3,658 m
Cusco11,152 ft / 3,399 m
Huancayo10,692 ft /  3,259 m
Huaraz10,013 ft /  3,052 m
Kuelap9,843 ft / 3,000 m
Ollantaytambo9,160 ft / 2,792 m
Ayacucho9,058 ft /  2,761 m
Cajamarca8,924 ft /  2,720 m
Machu Picchu7,972 ft / 2,430 m
Abancay7,802 ft / 2,378 m
Colca Canyon, bottom (at San Juan de Chuccho)7,710 ft /  2,350 m
Chachapoyas7,661 ft / 2,335 m
Arequipa7,661 ft / 2,335 m
Huánuco6,214 ft / 1,894 m
Tingo Maria2,119 ft /  646 m
Tacna1,844 ft / 562 m
Ica1,332 ft / 406 m
Tarapoto1,168 ft /  356 m
Puerto Maldonado610 ft / 186 m
Pucallpa505 ft / 154 m
Lima505 ft / 154 m
Iquitos348 ft / 106 m
Piura302 ft / 92 m
Trujillo112 ft / 34 m
Chiclayo95 ft / 29 m
Chimbote16 ft / 5 m

 

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