The Sacred Valley in Peru offers some of the most breathtaking views in the world. You wouldn’t think anything was needed to improve what was already there until Ario Ferri put his magic touch and built his sleeping pods.
Transparent glass pods were built and now cling to the side of the mountains highest peaks. Ario Ferri is the developer who’s an avid rock and mountain climber from Carhuaz, Peru. The pods are suspended 1,200 feet overlooking the valley. He built the “Hanging Hotel” to allow travelers without serious climbing experience to feel what it’s like to have a mountain adventure, as well as for accomplished climbers to enjoy the views.
A couple of us were able to experience the climb and soak up the mystical views over the heartland of the Incan Empire. It is an adventure that you do not want skip over if you're in Peru. You’re able to choose between two routes, both which take a little over an hour. It requires some climbing and upper body strength, but nothing overwhelming. If we can do it with a solid hangover and 3 hours of sleep, you surely can!
Once you get to the top, you’re treated with a delicious lunch, wine and dessert. The views are spectacular and you feel a great amount of accomplishment peering out to the valley. It’s one of the best bonding experiences you could have with friends and family.
I subtle shock is when you finally realize that you have to come down from the mountain side. Ziplining is definitely the option you want to choose when deciding between that and repelling. I’m sure the majority of you have ziplined before (we have), but this was on another level. There were six in total and way better than others we've experience in countries like Costa Rica and Bali. Not only do you have the views of the Sacred Valley, but they are uniquely long distances you fly. Below is a personal video of our co-founder Sean gliding through the air.
If it’s an adventure you’re after, you must give scaling the glass pods a go. It’s on your route to Machu Picchu anyways so knock them both out. If you’re lucky, and book far enough in advance with the option to stay the night, DO IT! Nothing more magical than stargazing from the glass pods suspended 1,200 feet in the air.
If you REALLY want to be a legend – scale up the mountain side with our Dr. Yessir monkey shirt. Talk about classic photos that will last a lifetime!