Spend the night inside a cubicle suspended on a mountain cliff
Peru has another tourist attraction on offer for their visitors. Amid the Peruvian Andes sits the Sacred Valley of the Incas, transected by the Urubamba river that created it and famous as home to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Now you can spend a night here, sleeping in a transparent capsule hanging off the side of a steep cliff, suspending hundreds of meters above the surface. That is exactly the idea behind the spectacular Skylodge Adventures Suites, glass lodges precariously situated on the side of a mountain cliff in the Sacred Valley.
According to Natalia Rodriguez, the SkyLodge manager, the motivation behind these dramatic lodges was to offer "a unique experience that that reconnects guests with nature or make them realise what really luxury can be”. The suites are the brainchild of adventure company Natura Vive that wants their guests to embrace their inner adventurer. Once you are ready to leave your suite, you can zip-wire down to the ground below.
Inside these 24- by eight-feet pods, guests are treated to views worth marvelling over, alongside four beds, a dining area and a private bathroom. The beds have down pillows and quilts, ensuring you will sleep well, if you are not distracted by stargazing. The temperatures generally range from about 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night into the 70s during the day. All the capsules can sustain 21 times the weight of five people. They also have solar-powered lighting and a private bathroom with a dry ecological toilet and sink, separated from the bedroom by an insulated wall.
Rodriguez says the main challenges of constructing this unique structure were "getting things up there" and "designing it to handle winds.” Don't worry about the durability issues though - the pods are crafted from aerospace aluminium and weather resistant polycarbonate, so Natura Vive promises they are secure and guests are safe.
This unconventional vacation will set you back roughly $400/1335 Peruvian soles for one night. The price includes private transportation to and from your lodge, equipment, guides, plus a gourmet dinner with bottle of wine, and breakfast overlooking the valley below.
For those who would rather not stay the night, SkyLodge offers a lunch-only, Peruvian gastronomic experience, starting from $237/770 Peruvian Soles per person. Peru's Sacred Valley, home to natural wonders, greenery and archaeological ruins, is book-ended by two UNESCO World Heritage sites: former Imperial capital Cusco and 15th century Inca citadel Machu Picchu.
The SkyLodges are well positioned to allow guests a day or two to admire the Valley from above, before venturing below and onto Machu Picchu.