Skylodge Adventure Suites In Peru: A Night In The Stars
How comfortable are you with sleeping in a transparent capsule that hangs on the top of a mountain? How about the 400-ft vertical rock climb to get there and the zipline back down? The Skylodge Adventure Suites by Natura Vive is not for the faint of heart, and is one of my most adrenaline-filled experiences to date!
The Skylodge opened in 2013 and is the first of its kind and a completely unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Fresh off the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, Nature Vive picked us up at 2pm in Cusco and took us back to the Sacred Valley to start the experience by late afternoon. The Skylodge consists of 3 capsules, and we had a group of six (including us) + 2 guides.
The rock climbing experience up Via Ferrata is meant for complete beginners. After a thorough safety and equipment briefing, we got strapped into our harnesses and started our climb.
The 400-meter route to the top has metal stepping ladders and handles built into the mountain. There’s both natural and manmade platforms to rest at certain points along the way, and the guides are super calming and experienced.
The whole climb took probably 90 minutes, and we got to watch the sunset from the side of the mountain!
Gourmet Dining In The Sky
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The Nature Vive team is super impressive. We had 2 guides, Americo and Lucio, and they not only got our group of inexperienced climbers up there safely, they also cooked us a 3-course Peruvian dinner, glamping style in the stars, and handled many dietary restrictions perfectly.
We enjoyed dinner and wine with our fellow climbers and then got shown to our capsule. Breakfast was just as fire in the morning! The gourmet dining was an awesome bonus for the whole experience.
The Adventure Suites
The capsules each have two double beds and can sleep up to four people. They’re equipped with a bathroom and nontraditional plumbing system, kitchenette, dimmable lighting and blackout curtains, and felt super homey and comfortable.
We spent the majority of the night nerding out and taking pictures; dancing, sharing stories and playing card games. It was a wild experience to sleep hanging off the side of a mountain, but the bed was cozy and I slept like a baby.
Ziplining Over Urubamba River
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After breakfast, there’s a few different options for returning back down the mountain. The most popular is to zipline, and that’s what our whole group signed up to do. There were six lines (two super long ones), and it was so fun and thrilling to cruise back down so fast and carefree after watching our every step on the way up!
We said our goodbyes, and got transported back to Cusco. It was a crazy amazing 24 hours, and something you should not miss if you’re looking for adventure in the Sacred Valley!
What To Pack
Nature Vive has an office in Urubamba, so they’ll be happy to store any extra luggage you have so you can pack as little as possible for your climb up.
Take a day pack with a change of clothes, camera, a liter of water (you can refill at the beginning and end of the trek), and any toiletries you need for just the night. They’ll give you climbing gloves with grippy hand pads, but make sure you have good shoes. Pants are required, no shorts allowed.