Urubamba is the largest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is regarded as a good location to go to in order to acclimate yourself to the elevation to prevent altitude sickness. The altitude of Urubamba is approximately 9000 feet above sea level.
While on the bus, Jesus, our tour leader explained to us that since Cusco is 11,000 feet above sea level, we might experience altitude sickness. The symptoms of altitude sickness are: fatigue, severe headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and diarrhea. He advised us to acclimatize ourselves by drinking lots of water, walking slowly and when we feel we are out of breath -- we should stop and breathe deeply.
2. AGUA FLORIDA - I personally prefer this remedy than drinking coca tea. Put a few drops on your palms and rub them together. Put your nose between your palms and inhale deeply ... one whiff of this relieves you of your headache immediately!!
3. COCA LEAVES steeped in hot water for 10 minutes and drink as tea. You need 2 - 3 pieces of coca leaves per cup of hot water.
The lobby was spacious and they had endless servings of coca tea most of the time which I found very helpful for people who suffered from altitude sickness. I would recommend Hotel San Agustin as an ideal place to stay between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
We were not able to climb up the citadel due to time constraints and there were a lot of people trying to reach the top. Lulu and I decided to look at the souvenir shops.