If you like to travel and have been alive during the age of the internet, you might have come across startling pictures of glass-like pods doubling as rooms hanging thousands of feet off a cliff. Turns out this curiosity-inducing hotel is nestled along the Sacred Valley—just an hour and a half off Cusco in Peru.
So here at Terra Explorer Peru, your (new) favorite adventure travel consultants, resolved it would be only fair to assuage that inquiring mind and answer all of your questions.
The exact location is the lesser-known hamlet of Pachar, fifteen minutes away from Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. If you’re parting from Cusco, consider an hour and a half drive, which is splendidly wasted as you take in the mirage that is the Andean scenery. Cusco is the gateway city to Machu Picchu, so there is no need to deviate from the itinerary.
Climbing. But not intuitive climbing, there is a vertical trail—a via ferrata (literally, Italian for iron path). And so, a sort of iron ladder provides a firmer grip and a steadier footing. Still, we have to say it is a workout mostly because of how long it takes: anywhere from an hour a half to two hours.
Full disclosure: There is a cable “bridge”—we use the word bridge very loosely. Picture two cables running parallel where your feet are supposed to go and one other for you to grab onto. But don’t get all apprehensive; the guides are the most safety-conscious people you’ll find in Peru. They will chaperone you through it all, even more, if you’re not the Alex Honnold kind. And, of course, they have all of the proper gear and measures in place.
The pods hang off a cliff 1400 feet (around 400 meters) up from the ground. Just imagine the kind of views you get from a glass capsule this far up.
One night is more than enough. You can even go just for the fun of climbing and then slide ziplining all the way back to the ground. There are four zipline sections: the longest, 2300 feet (around 700 meters). That is one joyous glide overlooking the Urubamba River and the ringing imposing mountains.
For starters, there is a dining area—more accurately, a dining capsule. It isn’t dazzling and luxurious. Instead, it has a warm and homey feel to it. And that is the whole theme around Skylodge; the pods are unexpectedly womblike. And you don’t need much else, to be honest: just tables, chairs, and an open kitchen serving the handful of cavorting tourists in there. What must be said is that the food is terrific, especially for a place this far from the hustle and bustle of a real chef’s kitchen.
As for the rooms, they are small pods with just beds, storage space, a small table and chair, and a bathroom. The latter boasts the best view you will ever have, for sure.
Around 500 USD per night, per person. We know, we know, it sounds like a lot. But with a flood of immaculate five-star reviews on Tripadvisor, who are we to disagree with the hundreds of people who have already been there? Suffices to say that some of these enthusiastic reviewers—and content creators documenting their voyages—even favor it over Machu Picchu.
If you’re planning on embarking on a luxurious vacation or a remote expedition into the Andean landscapes, look no further. We’re the ones to go with. Tailor-made trips are encouraged at Terra Explorer, so get on our website, get inspired, and let’s set a date.
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