Peru is a beautiful, mystical destination that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. There are so many things to do in the country, it’s hard to pick just a few for a trip that will seem way too short! If you’re an adventure-seeker and don’t mind heights, you will want to spend a night at the Skylodge Adventure Suites, certainly one of the most unique hotels in the world. There are only three suites available, and for good reason - they’re hanging on the side of a mountain.

If you don’t have time for a whole night, spend the day ziplining over the Sacred Valley, try out a real mountain climb using a beginner-friendly via ferrata path, or enjoy a lunch in a transparent capsule 400 m above the valley for an unforgettable experience with friends and family.

The Suites

As the world’s first hanging lodge, each pod is transparent and built with aerospace aluminum and other very strong materials. Interesting interior features include solar-powered lighting and a private eco-friendly toilet and sink (there is no shower). There are also quality, warm linens provided to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each suite has four beds, with a maximum capacity of eight guests.

You’ll experience a breathtaking 300-degree view of the Sacred Valley near the town of Pachar, a one-hour drive from Cusco. To get to your room, you must either climb up 1,200 feet using a via ferrata system on the mountain or take a trail with ziplines.

Packages include private transport to and from your hotel in Cusco, bilingual guides, all necessary and certified CE climbing equipment (including snacks), as well as a breakfast and a gourmet dinner with wine. If you’re staying at another town within the Sacred Valley, the guides will arrange for transport from there as well.

What to Bring

Be aware there is no shower, and you’ll need to bring your own personal toiletries (toothbrush etc.) You’ll also want to make sure to bring warm and comfortable clothing for these activities - running or light hiking shoes, long pants, jacket etc. The elevation is cooler in general, and winter months are from June through August. Pack a light bag and bring a minimum of one liter of water, or at the very least an empty bottle which can be filled at the base station at the beginning and end of the trip. Any other luggage you have can be stored at the base camp until the return trip to your hotel.

Things to Do

There are a few packages to choose from depending on the activities you’d like to experience. Pricing below is shown in soles (Peruvian currency) and dollars:

  • Zipline and one night: S/.1335 ($410)
  • Via Ferrata and one night: S/.1335 ($410)
  • Zipline, Via Ferrata and one night: S/.1425 ($440)

If you choose to climb Via Ferrata, it should take about an hour, but it is slightly challenging. While it has been completed by 10-12-year old’s, it is more suitable for teenagers and adults who are in reasonable physical shape. The guides will give you a complete safety orientation, train you on the process, safety mechanisms and gear so you’re confident every step of the way. Snacks or a boxed lunch are provided for a nice break during your climb.

As a suggestion for anyone who is not used to high elevations, it might be better to acclimate for a day or two in Cusco first before heading over to Skylodge Adventure Suites. Since there is exercise involved and there less air at the high altitude, you’ll want to be completely sure your body isn’t too shocked before climbing a mountain.

If you don’t think you’ll have enough time to spend a whole night, there are day tour options to climb the Via Ferrata and enjoy the ziplines.

Sacred Valley Zip Line

A zip line is a suspended cable mounted on a slight incline. A pulley is attached to the line, which is then attached to you, and gravity then pulls you from one side to the other.

Claiming to be the safest zip line around, this system has seven cables, ranging from 150 m to 700 m long for a total of 2800 m. Don’t worry if this is your first time, the guides are very friendly and will walk you through everything you need to know to be safe and enjoy every minute of the activity. The minimum participation age is 7 years old, and all guides are trained in FirstAid and vertical rope rescue.

Price per person if you’re just doing the zip line tour is S/.175 or $53. This includes transport from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, your trained guides, certified CE equipment (helmet, harness, gloves, zip line kit), and a lunch. When booking with a group, you may be offered better pricing.

You’ll start with a 30-40-minute hike and climb 12 ft of the via ferrata path to get to the first zip line. This is the easiest and shortest line, with the option to go on to more exciting lines if you choose. Watch a video here. Completing all zip lines will take about 3-4 hours depending on your group size.

Wear comfortable clothing (long pants), running shoes or light hiking boots (no sandals or shoes that will slip off). Bring a few extra layers in a small bag if desired, and a bottle of water. There is fresh water at the base to refill your bottle at the beginning and end of the activity.

Via Ferrata

A via ferrata (Italian for “iron path”) is a mountain climbing path that has a permanent safety system installed. A steel cable runs all the way through the path, bottom to top, and is attached to the rock every 1-10 m. This steel cable is attached to you at all times, and your via ferrata kit provides you with tools that you’ll be trained to use which will limit any fall.

Anyone who is brand new to rock climbing, who is also in reasonable physical shape, is able to try this without fear and see what it’s like to hang from the side of a mountain! As well, these paths can be installed into climbing areas that would otherwise only be accessible by the most advanced rock climbers.

Throughout the course there are built-in climbing helpers such as ladders, bridges, iron rungs, pegs, and other items. The minimum age to climb is 8 years old, and visitors are always accompanied by an experienced guide. Equipment provided includes certified CE climbing harness, helmet, gloves, and lanyard, plus your via ferrata kit.

Clothing requirements for this activity are the same as for zip lining (running shoes or light hiking boots, long pants, extra layers if desired). The safety orientation and gearing up will take about 30 minutes, and the climb up and back down will be about 3-4 hours depending on the size of your group.

Price per person is S/.175 or $53 which includes the climb, transportation from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, climbing equipment, bilingual and safety-trained guides, and a lunch. Ask about group rates for a discount!

Via Ferrata and Zip Line Tour

To do both activities, it will cost S/.265 or $80, with special pricing for groups. Both activities should take about 4-5 hours not including transportation time from your hotel.

Lunch at Skylodge Adventure Suites

To do both activities, it will cost S/.265 or $80, with special pricing for groups. Both activities should take about 4-5 hours not including transportation time from your hotel.

If you’d like to experience lunch in a transparent bubble suspended 400 m above the Sacred Valley, this is your chance. The maximum group size is 12, and the price depends on the activities you’d like to do beforehand to arrive at your lunch spot:

  • Via Ferrata: S/.770 per person ($234)
  • Zip Line: S/.770 per person ($234)
  • Via Ferrata and Zip Line: S/.860 per person ($262)

Lunch will include soup, salad, a main dish, and dessert. Non-alcoholic drinks as well as wine or champagne are included. Minimum ages for lunch are 6 years old if you’re ziplining, and 9 years old if you’re climbing via ferrata. The whole trip, not including transportation, will take about 5 hours.

The Team

If you’re ready to have a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, and truly (but safely) get out of your comfort zone, this is a top choice for adventure seekers of all ages. These activities were all created by Natura Vive, a group of young entrepreneurs who wanted to create incredible activities that are beginner-friendly for people of any age.

They’ve really gone above and beyond with providing positive experiences for each and every guest that has either stayed at the hotel or enjoyed the day activities in the Sacred Valley of Peru.

The group provides training such as language classes, rope rescue, advanced first aid, and botanic classes for each one of their friendly guides. The CE Certified equipment and installations are continuously inspected and evaluated. Maintenance and renovation programs are also in place to ensure an absolute and utmost safe journey at all times.

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