Eco-tourism has been all the rage there last few years and Natura Vive, an adventure company from Peru, has taken the concept to all new heights, literally and figuratively. They have recently completed a hotel, called the Skylodge Adventure Suites, which is basically just a number of transparent pods set into the side of a mountain. As such they have minimal impact on the environment and offer a unique way to experience the natural beauty of the mountains.
The pods are constructed out of aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate. Each measures 24 feet by 8 feet, which is large enough for a bed and some storage. The pods are also fitted with a composting toilet, which are separated from the rest of the living area. Needless to say, the views in the entire pod are amazing.
Every â€œroom â€œof the hotel features six windows and four ventilation ducts to keep the air inside fresh. All the lights are powered by solar energy. Despite being a very barebones place to stay, the rooms do offer a degree of comfort. The beds are comfortable, and room service in the form of a precooked dinner and wine can be brought up for you. Breakfast is served on a platform above each of the pods, weather permitting.
The pods are suspended 400 feet above the valley floor and are only accessible by climbing up 1,400 iron rungs, which are set into the mountain face. To descend, guests can either hike down or zipline.
From a distance the units are barely visible and they do have a very minimal impact on the surrounding environment. Staying here is definitely a more eco-friendly way to enjoy spectacular mountain views than would be offered by a traditional hotel. But staying here is certainly not for people suffering from vertigo.