Skylodge: Sleep in a glass pod dangling off a cliff.

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On an Andean cliff overlooking Sacred Valley, there are three ovular glass pods dangling from the rock face. They’re not art, nor are they UFOs. They’re hotel rooms.

The “Skylodge” is owned by a tourism company called Natura Vive, and these three suites comprise the entire luxury hotel. The three pods are the size of a tiny airplane cabin, and are transparent on all sides. They’re mostly bedroom and bathroom, with the first taken up entirely by a down bed and the second equipped with curtains for privacy.

There’s not much to do in the pods, but then again, you’re not coming for comfort. Just to get there you have to hike up 1,200 feet of Via Ferrara or zipline in (for extra cost). Once there though, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the valley below, the surrounding Andes, and condors circling in the open skies above.

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Sacred Valley: Sleeping on a cliff-face

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How on earth do we find ourselves hanging off a cliff-face, in a glass-bubble bedroom, suspended on wires above Peru’s Sacred Valley? Well, it is just the small matter of a 400m rock-climb via-ferrata and a 200m high hanging wire-bridge to reach said bubble, then a six-stage zip-wire descent to return to terra-firma next morning. Stupid or brave… ?

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5 Crazy Camping Alternatives You Didn’t Know You Could Try: Cliff Camping in Peru

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Sacred Valley is pegged as one of the best hikes in the world and the area is quickly gaining notoriety for its cliffside escapes too. Whimsically billed as the only “million-star hotel” the glass pods at Skylodge Adventure Suites are suspended 400 feet above ground, giving overnight guests amazing views of the Andes cliffs and the riverbed below. The pods run about $1,000 a night and are large enough to fit up to four beds, a dining area and a semi-private bathroom (you are in a glass pod after all).

Skylodge adventure suits: A million stars hotel. #naturavive #thisisadventure #skylodge #cusco #adventure #viaferrata #zipline @quedebonheur

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9 Incredible Places to Spend the Night: Natura Vive Skylodge Peru

Leave your acrophobia at the bike rack because the Natura Vive Skylodge in Peru is made up of three clear-walled capsules positioned to hang from a cliff in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Fearless travelers can spend the night dangling precariously 400 feet over the heartland of the Inca Empire, or they can recover from the 400 meter hike to the lodge and enjoy a luxury catered dinner.

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1 Fungrl Travels: Sleeping on the Side of a Mountain with Skylodge Adventure Suites

After trekking a portion of the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu recently, I thought my adventure in Peru couldn’t get any better. In fact, not only did my night sleeping on a mountainside parallel an epic trek up to Macchu Picchu, it might even have surpassed it! Bucket list SCORE! But there’s one catch: There are only a couple of ways to get to the Skylodge Adventure Suites, and that is by hiking or climbing in! Those with a fear of heights probably wouldn’t enjoy this, unless maybe they were drugged.

The Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suites, located in the small town of Urubamba, Peru, are composed of three capsules measuring 24 feet in length and 8 feet in height and width. Each unit is handcrafted from aerospace aluminum and weather resistant polycarbonate, and is complete with four beds, a dining area and as you’ll soon see, a very well designed bathroom! (I can’t imagine who gets that mountain duty-probably the newest hire).

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Passion Passport: Skylodge, Hotel Rooms That Hang off the Side of a Mountain

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One of my greatest pleasures in life is putting together an itinerary for an upcoming trip. As I plan, I always look for out-of-the-box activities or hotels to add some spice to the experience. In Peru, that was the Natura Vive Skylodge in the Sacred Valley.

I was taking my 18-year old nephew, Caeden, on a surfing trip to Panama and wanted to include an additional stop at Machu Picchu. Knowing that our time – and his attention – was limited, I was determined to find something especially spectacular to impress him. As I researched the route from Cusco to Machu Picchu, I stumbled across pictures of a zip line and via ferrata – a steel cable hiking line wrapped up and around the mountainside – in the Sacred Valley. Having experienced the via ferrata at Mt Nimbus in Banff, Canada, I knew it was a unique and unforgettable way to mountain climb – one that Caedan was sure to appreciate.

I clicked around for more information but my search was unexpectedly halted; an image of three alien-looking modules dangling off the side of a cliff caught my eye. Looking a little closer, I realized that they were sleeping modules. We could actually spend the night up there at 1200 feet above the ground? I didn’t think twice about it: booked!

By Eric Barnes

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