Dreams of Peru’s Sacred Valley

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Situated in the Andes of Peru between Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Inca heartland known as the Sacred Valley is a bucket-list destination for travelers all over the world. The ancient civilization had an almost spiritual appreciation for the fertile land and its breathtaking views and the passage of time has made it no less impressive. While tours and hikes allow you to explore the valley and its ruins, Natura Vive offers a unique way to experience the mystic land with “Skylodge Adventure Suites,” a collection of transparent shelters that float above with a 300-degree view at the top of a towering 400 m mountain. Made by hand from aerospace aluminum and waterproof polycarbonate, the ephemeral structures are in fact incredibly strong, able to provide four beds, a dining area, and a bathroom in just 192 sq ft. While others may sacrifice comfort to camp out in the Sacred Valley, Skylodge comes equipped with fine linens, gourmet dinner (with a bottle of wine, of course), and breakfast over the Sacred Valley – but the excitement of such a surreal view may make it hard to sleep. Solar powered lights show the ultimate respect for the revered land while windows and ventilation ducts ensure that lodgers can appreciate the surrounding nature just as much the ancient people that preceded them. If you prefer a more hands-on experience, never fear: the isolated mountain-top suites are only accessible by a zipline hike or by climbing Via Ferrata. Created as a means for people of any age or capacity to take advantage of Peru’s mountain views, “Skylodge” incorporates sleek modern design with an ancient geographical landmark for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

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Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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