For those who have dreamed of sleeping high in the cliffs like a condor then Natura Vive Skylodge is their chance. This unusual hotel is perched high up in the cliffs overlooking Peru's stunning Sacred Valley. From here one can sleep with commanding views and gaze out at the Sacred Valley of Machu Picchu and Cuzco that was once the Inca heartland.

The hotel is made of transparent luxury capsules that hang from the top of a mountain. Imagine sleeping above Cuzco in a completely transparent hanging bedroom - a bedroom with no road access (one has to vertically climb up to it). For a rather different capsule experience, consider staying in one of Japan's capsule hotels.

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 About The Condor's Skylodge

There are three exclusive capsule Suites making up Natura Vive Skylodge. Each has a capacity of 8 people. The views are unparalleled 300-degree panoramic views of the Sacred Valley stretching out below.

Each capsule has been crafted out of aerospace aluminum and polycarbonate. Each comes with four beds, a dining area, and a private bathroom (so no one needs to climb back down the mountain every time they need to go).

  • Number of Capsules: 3 (Capacity for 8 People Each)
  • Includes: 4 Beds, Bathroom, Dining Area
  • Size: 24 Feet Long, 8 Feet High and Wide

There are no electricity cables running here, so lighting is powered by solar panels that store electricity in batteries.

The bathroom is separated from the bedroom and has an ecological toilet and sink. While in the bathroom one can continue to enjoy the indescribably stunning views through the 1.8-meter diameter dome. For privacy, one can also pull the curtains to avert the gaze of fellow condors in the adjacent capsules.

Sleep tight with the luxurious bedding 1200 feet up with cotton sheets, fine quality mattresses, down pillows, and quilts.

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Getting To The Skylodge

This isn't just a normal hotel one can check into. Better to consider it more of an overnight adventure. To get to the Skylodge, guests must climb up 400 meters or 1300 feet of Via Ferrata. Alternatively, one can hike an intrepid trail through ziplines. This is adventurous sleeping for sure!

  • Weight Limit: There is A Weight Limit Of 265 lbs or 120 kgs (So that one Can Safely Climb The Via Ferrata and Ride The Zipline)

Their suggested itinerary is to be picked up in Cusco City at around 2.00 pm. From 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm guests Zip Line/hike or climb the Via Ferrata up to the lodge. Once there one is briefed on how to use the lodge, at 8 pm is dinner.

The wake-up call is at 7.00 am with breakfast at 8.00 in the dining room. From 9.00 am to 11.00 am is descent and one arrives back in Cusco City at around 1.00 pm.

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Lodging packages here include breakfast and gourmet dinner (with wine), transportation to and from one's accommodation in Cuzco, and a professional bilingual guide. There are also snacks for the ascent.

Cost - Per Person

  • Via Ferrata And Zipline And One Night Stay: 1,575 Peruvian Sol ($400)
  • Zipline And One Night Stay: 1,485 Peruvian Sol ($375)
  • Via Ferrata And One Night Stay: 1,485 Peruvian Sol ($375)

What To Wear and Bring

It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing. So pants (i.e. trousers for the British readers out there) and no shorts. Wear hiking shoes (or running shoes) and a thermal jacket with down and thermal underlays. Only take the essentials in a small and light bag (the bulk of one's luggage can be left at their office).

  • Coldest Months: The Coldest Months Are From June to August
  • Toiletries: Bring One's Own Toiletries (Like A Toothbrush and Toothpaste)
  • Shower: There Are No Showers

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Sacred Valley Zip-Line And Via Ferrata

This is a safe and fun way to see the Sacred Valley and travel to reach the accommodation. there are 7 lines or cables from 150 meters to 700 meters or a total of 2800 meters. One starts with a 30-40 minute hike and will have to climb a small via Ferrata (4 meters).

  • Guide: All Climbers Must Be Accompanied By A Guide
  • Age Limit: All Climbers Must Be 8 or Over

A via ferrate is a path used to climb a mountain with a safety system permanently installed. The climber is tied to a steel cable that runs the entire route. The route is made of metal ladders and bridges mostly.

In this way, everyone can climb extreme vertical sections of the mountain that would otherwise only be accessible to experienced rock climbers. Anyone with good health and physical condition can climb the via Ferrata (with a weight limit of 265 lbs or 120 kilos).

Staying here is sure to be the lodging experience of a lifetime!

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