In between rock climbing 1,000 feet up the face of a mountain and zip lining back down, why not spend the night suspended square on the side of it? No, not at the top. And not on a ledge. In a geometric cocoon made of aerospace aluminum and polycarbonate mounted right smack in the middle of only God above, and only certain death below.
Natura Vive's Skylodge Adventure Suites hang from the top of a mountain in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru. Access them by hiking or, better, rock climbing up a via ferrata, the path of metal ladders and bridges Natura Vive has installed from ground to lodging. Via ferrata climbers are permanently tied to a steel cable for the duration of the route, so no ropes are needed. The idea is to replicate the physical challenges of rock climbing while keeping the route accessible even to those without prior climbing experience. According to Natura Vive, all that is required to access their Skylodges by way of straight-up-ascent are good health and a minimum age of 9. O.M.Dios.
Adventure Suite arrival means 1 night of 300-degree views in a transparent capsule with 7 of your best friends (i.e., likely strangers). There are 3 pods total, each measuring 24' long x 8' wide and tall, and able to accommodate up to 8 people. They have private bathrooms with dry toilets and sinks, separated from the sleeping areas by an insulated wall. Four interior lamps and a reading light are all solar-powered. Lodges are fitted with 6 windows and 4 ventilation ducts for the hyperventilators and guests who ate too many beans during the evening's gourmet dinner. Entry and exit are via a portal at the top.
The morning after a Skylodge stay, guests head back to ground level harnessed to Natura Vive's 7-cable zip line system.