There’s no shortage of exotic accommodations in the world these days. You can stay in ice dwellings, underwater, in treehouses or, in the case of Skylodge Adventure Suites, high on a cliff above the heart of Peru’s mystic Sacred Valley, Cusco, in a totally transparent pod.
Skylodge Adventure Suites consist of three see-through architectural marvels made of aerospace aluminum and water-resistant polycarbonate. They were inspired by condors’ nests, and are certainly not for the faint-of-heart.
This one-night stay requires zero climbing or mountain experience, according to Natura Vive adventure company. But…yes there’s a but, getting to your luxury stay involves a climb up the face of the cliff on a steel ladder (called the Via Ferrata or iron road), a horizontal trek across the rock wall on cables (albeit complete with harness, other safety gear, and an experienced guide), while your descent options include a rappel or zip lines or a combo of both. Your reward? Incredible views of the picturesque Sacred Valley 400 meters below, most likely a pretty decent adrenaline high and a stay in a plastic capsule near the stars.
One hanging pod fits eight adrenaline junkies. Two pods are available to guests. You are treated to a gourmet meal with wine, and, yes, there’s a toilet. Should you freak out, you can draw the curtains of your hanging lodge, but why would you ever want to?