This is terrifying tourism: The only way to get to your ‘hotel room’ in this Sacred Valley Peruvian resort is to scale a 1,000 foot cliff

Aug 5, 2015 | 4 comments

Author’s Note: Last year we traveled from Ecuador to Peru to fulfill a ‘bucket list’ item with a visit to Machu Picchu. It involved a very pleasant train ride from Cusco to the historical site, and a stop along the way let us get out to stretch our legs. Up on the cliff behind the train station we spotted three ‘pods’ hanging preciously from the cliffs, and much speculation about the purpose of them ensued. But none of us could really believe they were ‘hotel rooms’. So now, a year and half later, the mystery is solved … and is quite remarkable.

By Suzy Strutner

This could be the most terrifying night of your life — in the best way.

The suspended pod, or hotel room, overlooks Peru's Sacred Valley.

The suspended pod, or hotel room, overlooks Peru’s Sacred Valley.

True daredevils will jump at the chance to sleep in Skylodge, a trio of transparent capsules wedged high on a mountainside in the Peruvian Andes, not far from the city of Cuzco.

The pods are all-out luxurious: They measure a whopping 192 square feet — about half the size of an average hotel room — with plush beds, dining areas and bathrooms. The catch? You’ll have to scale a nearly 1,000-foot cliff face to get there.

Gulp.

Peru-based tour company Natura Vive operates the three Skylodge pods, which have four beds each.

This how you get to your room.

Taking a walk outside your room.

Travelers usually begin their stay with a dizzying climb up to the pods via a series of metal ladders and cables. Visitors also have the option to hike a daunting trail to the top.

When guests arrive, they’re met with views spanning Peru’s famed Sacred Valley, known for its isolated villages and dangerous, narrow roads. They’re served a gourmet dinner in their pod (complete with wine), will sleep literally under the stars and then awaken to a breakfast picnic on the roof of their pod.

Sleeping quarters.

Sleeping quarters.

At the end of each stay, a series of zip lines delivers guests back to the valley floor.

The best part? This whole experience — getting up, getting down and spending the night — costs just about $300 dollars per person, making it a priceless experience with a reasonable price.

Check out how you get to your room, below.

 

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This is how you get to your room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit: Huffington Post

 

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