Routes Americas 2018

The route development forum for the Americas

Quito, Ecuador
13 – 15 February 2018

Altitude in Quito

Stay level-headed at Routes Americas 2018 by following our five top tips for avoiding altitude sickness. 

Situated high in the Andes, with an average altitude of over 8000ft (2500m), Quito is the second highest capital city in the world, causing some visitors to experience symptoms of altitude sickness, such as nausea, loss of breath, headaches and tiredness.

To help you prepare for your visit ahead of Routes Americas, here are our top tips to keep you at your best.

Travel early

Your body will need energy to adjust to the altitude, so be sure to give it the time it needs. We recommend arriving an additional 2-3 days before the start of the event, to allow for a healthy and gradual acclimatisation.

Keep hydrated

Dehydration exacerbates altitude sickness, so it is important to keep well hydrated. Early symptoms of dehydration include dry-mouth, flush skin, light-headedness and nausea. Drinks are available at all our venues; we recommend you drink at least 2-3 litres of water a day.

Avoid alcohol

The effects of alcohol are enhanced at high altitudes and you may find that you cannot drink as much as to what you are accustomed. Consuming excessive alcohol may also cause exaggerated dehydration, leading to headaches and tiredness.


Travel can disrupt normal sleep patterns. We understand that you will want to make the most of the opportunities presented to you at Routes Americas, but it's also important to ensure you are well rested to help combat any sickness you may experience.


Although Quito boasts a subtropical climate, the evenings can become cold. To help prepare you for the change in temperature, be sure to pack layers to keep warm.

Routes Americas 2018 is your chance to meet with the region's air service development community to discuss new market opportunities and evolve existing services. 

For more information, or to secure your place at the only air service development forum that unites the Americas, please contact the Routes Americas team.