Skylodge Adventure Suites are sleeping pods attached to a mountain overlooking the Sacred Valley in Cusco, Peru.

To Check Into This Cliffside Hotel, You’ll Have to Hike and Zip-Line up a Mountain

To Check Into This Cliffside Hotel, You’ll Have to Hike and Zip-Line up a Mountain

The Eye
Slate’s design blog.
July 17 2015 12:08 PM

This Cliffside Hotel Has Spectacular Views—and Terrifying Drop-Offs

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Skylodge Adventure Suites are suspended from the side of a mountain overlooking the Sacred Valley in Cusco, Peru.

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While architects in Greece dream up a cliff-hanging holiday house, the Skylodge Adventure Suites have been housing intrepid travelers since 2013 in these hanging bedrooms suspended on a rock face 1,312 feet above the Sacred Valley in Cusco, Peru.

Accessible by climbing, hiking, or zip-lining—a trip that takes three to four hours each way—the 24 feet by 8 feet by 8 feet modules are made from aerospace aluminum and high-resistance polycarbonate.

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Each Skylodge sleeps up to four people.

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A view of the Sacred Valley 1,312 feet below.

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The Skylodges from a distance.

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Each lodge is equipped with four beds outfitted with cotton sheets and down comforters, a dining area, and a bathroom separated by an insulating wall that is equipped with a toilet and sink.

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And each unit includes “curtains for privacy from the curious gaze of passing condors (your sky neighbors),” according to a brochure.

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Two Skylodges sleep up to four each; the third is a service module.

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The Skylodge restroom. Curtains can be drawn for privacy.

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The lodges have ventilation ducts and six windows, and the interiors are lit by solar-powered energy so you can read in bed if you get bored gazing at the spectacular stars.

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Guests enter the Skylodges through roof hatches.

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The Skylodges by night.

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Check out the video below for a preview of the ascent and descent to this spectacular mountainside microhotel and a tour inside the Skylodges.

Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.