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When one hears of the majestic country of Peru, thoughts of llamas and Machu Picchu immediately come to mind. It is indeed true that those activities do draw massive amounts of tourists each day.
However, what about the activities that are lesser known yet equally as adventurous? Maybe you haven’t heard of it or maybe you were too scared?
Whatever the reason may be, I can proudly present one of the coolest things I have ever experienced…the Skylodge Adventure Suites.
My Bucket List Review of the Skylodge Adventure Suites in Peru
|My Overall Rating||10/10|
|Who Needs to Add This to Their Bucket List?||Fit travelers looking for a unique Peru hotel experience.|
|Best Time to Go||April to October|
|Group/Tour Required||Yes, you need climbing guides for safety.|
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What are the Skylodge Adventure Suites in Peru?
The Skylodge Adventure Suites is a set of three individual pod capsules with beds, a toilet, and a deck on top. There is also a separate pod for dining. The catch? They are suspended over 1,200 feet (400 m) in the air and hooked to the side of a cliff overlooking the Sacred Valley.
Yes—read that again just to let it sink in.
As of right now, it is the only accommodation of its kind and prides itself on being the first “hanging lodge”.
The guests of this exclusive hotel must climb up Via Ferrata. For those of you who don’t know (like me), that is rock climbing but there are metal handholds at all the right places to ease your journey.
Once at the top, guests are treated to a gourmet dinner and wine. After dinner, you climb to your individual pod to sit back, relax, and enjoy the stars of the Sacred Valley twinkling above you.
They call this a 5-star hotel, but it is easy to see why they call it the “million-star hotel”!
Skylodge Adventure Suites Packages
What to pack if you are climbing and sleeping on the side of a cliff?
Depending on the time of the year that you go, you might need to dress very warmly.
My family and I went in August during the dry season (April to October) so it was a little chillier. I would suggest bringing LAYERS.
It might have been a little chilly, but after climbing, I was definitely sweating! However, if you choose to brave the deck on top of the pod for some star gazing, it can be pretty cold.
If traveling in the wet season (around November to March), I would prepare for rain but still bring layers—remember you are still very high up in the air.
No matter what season you go in, wear solid closed-toed shoes and long durable pants! They will provide all of the climbing gear and gloves for you.
Tips and Things to Consider if you are staying at the Skylodge Adventure Suites
Make sure you have appropriate footwear
This is CLIMBING. Although the metal grips provide a sense of security and ease the difficulty—don’t be fooled!
It is still a high-fitness activity that can be demanding. Don’t be scared off though—we were not climbers at all and still did it! But do yourself a favor and set yourself up for success by wearing very durable and strong closed-toed shoes.
Luckily, I had just hiked Salkantay and the Inca Trail, so I used those and could not complain. The only thing is that make sure they are lightweight hiking shoes if you do go that route.
If you don’t like heights…this might not be for you
But don’t let that stop you—as far as I know, if you don’t like climbing then you can take a zipline route.
My mother tried climbing and in about five minutes said a big ol’ “NOPE!”.
However, she said that she still did have to climb a bit to get to the zip lines. If you think that you are up for the challenge of climbing, then I would recommend that! There is something so satisfying about laying in that comfy bed on the side of a cliff knowing that you climbed to get there.
Enjoy the dinner…but don’t enjoy too much wine
This goes without saying but the pod that you actually eat in is not the pod that you sleep in. Of course, I happened to be the pod that was the furthest away and yes—I did have to harness up and climb to my bed.
It was definitely a different experience climbing when I had a glass of that yummy Peruvian wine, not to mention that it is dark! Who knows, maybe a condor will help you to your pod?
Go up on the deck to watch the stars
Even though the entire pod is made of glass, it is worth it to get the harness back on and sit on the deck!
There have been a few times in my travels where I have seen incredible displays of stars and this was an easy one to add to the list. So be brave in the dark and hope for a clear night!
Hint: I would also look at the weather if possible before the trip and try to book on a day when your odds are greater for getting a clear sky. Trust me—it’s worth it!
Listen—I am not afraid of heights, nor have I ever been. But there was something truly terrifying about climbing down.
Yes, you are strapped in, but sometimes it just doesn’t matter to your irrational brain. I think there was one part where I had to be on my stomach and let myself fall a bit off the cliff and then catch myself on one of the metal handles.
Exhilarating, but scary. Luckily, we chose the “repel down” option and only had to climb down manually for about 25 minutes.
The repel was so much fun and such a rush! Even my mother did it (so proud!). Although we choose differently, I believe there is also an option to zipline down.
Spend the extra money and hire a photographer
I’m not gonna sugar coat it: this experience isn’t cheap. It’s because it is…well…an experience! There is a reason it was on my bucket list! It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you are going all the way to Peru and going to do something like that, it is worth it to save a bit extra so you can get the photographer upgrade. Our photos were, in a word, EPIC!
I have shown them to so many people since then and every single person’s jaw drops! It is 100% worth it (in my opinion and if you have the means) to have that memory for life!
Hint: if you still want to do this but the moolah is not flowing, then check out their day trip options!
How much is it to stay at the Skylodge Adventure Suites?
Staying the Night at the Skylodge Adventure Suites
Via Ferrata + Zipline + 1 night = 1,575 soles (around 410 USD)
Zipline + 1 night = 1485 soles (around 390 USD)
Via Ferrata + 1 night = 1485 soles (around 390 USD)
*included is transportation from Cusco (I believe it was around 1.5 hours), dinner with wine, breakfast, and professional bilingual guides.
Day Trips to the Skylodge Adventure Suites
Via Ferrata only = 180 soles (around 47 USD)
Zipline only = 180 soles (around 47 USD)
Via Ferrata + zipline = 275 soles (around 65 USD)
Zipline + lunch = 805 soles (around 210 USD)
Via Ferrata + lunch = 805 soles (around 210 USD)
Zipline + Via Ferrata + lunch = 895 soles (around 233 USD)
*These prices are just a rough guide and are subject to change. All of the prices in USD are estimated on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. For true pricing, please visit the website!
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