Where can you sleep on the side of a cliff at the Skylodge Adventure Suites?
The Skylodge Adventure Suites by Nature Vive are a series of sleeping capsules that cling to the cliff face, 1,200 feet above the ground, in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Each pod looks like something from a science fiction novel. They’re shaped like chrysalises, but they’re far from small; each one measures 24 feet from end to end, eight feet from top to bottom, and includes a dining area and private bathroom. Their walls, meanwhile, are completely transparent, meaning that visitors get to fall asleep to 300 degree views. With their heads on their pillows, travellers can look up at a ceiling of stars, and down to see the serpent-shaped Urubamba River snaking its way to the Amazon. Getting to the suites is an adventure in itself. There’s no door-to-door chauffer service here.
Yes, itineraries start with a pick-up in nearby Cusco and a two-hour journey to the Sacred Valley. But once there, visitors have to negotiate their way along a via ferrata route of 170 metal steps and aluminium wires, or choose to hike and zip line to the site. Once settled onsite, though, travellers can unwind over a gourmet dinner. Meals are served in the separate space-age style dining pod. This capsule is slightly different to the sleeping ones in style. It’s still transparent, but it’s dome-shaped, giving visitors the feeling that they’re dining in a blister of bubble wrap. Finishing touches inside include wooden floors and seats furnished in traditional Peruvian textiles. The dinner menu takes the form of four courses. There’s nothing futuristic about the dishes of the day. Food is organic, and classical – soup, salad, a Peruvian-inspired main and a dessert. Wine and Champagne is available with the meal, too. At breakfast meanwhile visitors can expect flasks of coffee, orange juice, bread and fresh meats and cheeses. Goodbyes are anything but sad at the Skylodge Adventure Suites. In order to get back down to the valley floor, travellers have to bullet their way down a series of zip lines.
Is the Skylodge in Cusco a good option for families?
Getting to the Skylodge Adventure Suites in the Peruvian mountains may not look like child’s play, but children as young as six can reach the site by the hiking route, and young people can tackle the via ferrata from the age of nine. You don’t have to be an expert climber to visit, either. Beginners are encouraged and supported by Natura Vive’s experienced guides.
A little bit about the Sacred Valley, in addition to Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley was the pulse point of the Inca Empire. Its fertile lands were the larder for the civilisation. It was where maize was grown, before being turned, in many cases, into the symbolic and ceremonial drink chichi. The Incas who lived in the valley centuries ago also saw it as a reflection of the Milky Way, which – incidentally – visitors to the Skylodge Adventure Suites can see above them on clear nights.
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