Anyone who has ever visited Peru will tell you two of the most popular places in the country are Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley. Both destinations feature staggering, mountain views, rugged terrain, and ancient Incan ruins. Only one of them has a hotel suspended over the edge of a cliff.
Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suites is just one example of the extreme glamping fad that’s taken the travel industry by storm. Glass pods dangle precariously over the very edge of the Sacred Valley, giving guests a 360-degree view of the river raging below them and the Andes Mountains spread out on either side. For adrenaline junkies and those who can stomach the heights, the overnight stay is priceless.
Getting There is Half the Battle
Sleeping in a suspending capsule more than 1,000 feet above ground is only one part of the equation. In order to get to your extreme sleeping quarters, guests must either traverse the via ferrata, a route tracing the edge of a cliff attached by a series of cables and ladders, or boldly hike across a dizzying zip-line course. Guests enter and leave the pods through a rooftop hatch. Rest assured, the pods are firmly anchored to the cliff face.
As far as accommodations go, Nature Vive’s digs are downright cozy. The glass pods have enough space for a bedroom, a bathroom, and a dining area, so you’ll have plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the gourmet dinner and complimentary bottle of wine that comes with your stay. At eight feet tall and 24 feet across, visitors won’t feel restricted and can easily wander around. If you do start to feel claustrophobic, there are four ventilation windows inside the pod and open-air seating on top that’s perfectly suited for late night stargazing. We call that a million-star establishment.
How to Do It
Each Skylodge sleeps up to four people with rates starting about $300 per person. If you want to reserve the entire pod for yourself, there is a $1,000 buyout fee. Book well in advance as this is a popular attraction and the number of pods are extremely limited. Two of the modules are for guests, while the third is typically reserved for service staff. Admittedly, this overnight stay isn’t for everyone but for true adrenaline junkies (or Istagram addicts), it's a dream come true.