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, hanging off 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?
“To sleep at Skylodge, people must climb 400 mt. of Via Ferrata or hike an intrepid trail through ziplines. One night at this place will make your dreams come true. Packages includes breakfast & gourmet dinner with wine, transportation from Cuzco and our professional bilingual guides. Continuing with Natura Vive´s philosophy of sharing a mountain experience with people of all ages and capacities(Over 15 years old), in June of 2013 we opened the unique and first ever hanging lodge in the world, The Skylodge Adventure Suites.”
“The Natura Vive Skylodge is composed of three exclusive capsule Suites with a total capacity of 8 people. Our vertically hanging transparent capsule suites are situated at the top of our 1200 ft mountain with a 300 degree view of the majestic Sacred Valley. Hand crafted out of aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate, each suite comes complete with four beds, a dinning area and a private bathroom . Measuring 24 ft. in length and 8 ft. in height and width, the capsule suites are composed of six windows and four ventilation ducts that ensure a comfortable atmosphere. Safety is insured by having the exit portal located in the upper part of the craft.”