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Skylodge Cusco & Machu Picchu

Skylodge Cusco & Machu Picchu

The hanging shelter, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco, presents a completely transparent structure from which you can enjoy the magnificent views of the mountain basin. The complex is composed of three modules: Luna, Silves and Miranda, each of which has four beds, a dining room and a private bathroom. The capacity of the refuge is up to eight guests per night, since Luna is used as a service module. Manufactured in aerospace aluminum and high strength polycarbonate, each of the cabins is anchored to 21 points in the mountain and is capable of supporting 25 tons. Their polygonal shapes, seen from the sides form an octagon, favor their immobility despite the wind. Each module measures 7.5 meters long and 2.6 meters high and wide. Under the name of Skylodge Adventure Suites this suite offers a hospitality to pure adrenaline. Its three modules are suspended 400 meters high, and its transparent walls allow you to enjoy the landscape of the well-known "Sacred Valley of the Incas". Also this tour include the magnificent Machu Picchu.Due to the enormous cultural and natural attraction of the Inca citadel and its spectacular landscapes, in 1981 the Peruvian state declared it a Natural Protected Area. In 1983, UNESCO declared it as a Sanctuary and a place of World Heritage. The citadel of Machu Picchu is located northwest of Cusco, approximately 112 kilometers by train, between an impressive geography of steep mountains separated by narrow valleys and deep ravines. Machu Picchu is important, because besides its archaeological value, it has a great variety of ecosystems within its limits. Machu Picchu is surrounded by a mysterious nature and has kept many researchers confused for years. The Lost city of the Incas is theme of many myths and symbols from the Inca culture to explain the position of many cities and fantastic temples of the Sacred Valley. Discover the magic of Machu Picchu and enjoy a magical nigth at skylodge Cusco.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Skylodge Adventure Peru

  • Transfer to Pachar 
  • Ascent climbing the via ferrata or hikking up through the zipline 
  • Lunch at Skylodge Adventure Suites 
  • Descent ziplinning or rappeling down 
  • Transfer to Ollantaytambo 
  • Train to Machu Picchu Town
  • Lunch 

Day 02: Machu Picchu Guided Tour

  • Wake up early and bus to the citadel 
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu 
  • Lunch in Machu Picchu Town
  • Train return to Ollantaytambo 
  • Private transportation to Cusco

Skylodge Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas:

At Skylodge Cusco, you can sleep inside a completely transparent hanging shelter, allowing you to appreciate the breathtaking view over this magical sacred valley and its nights adorned by the Milky Way. Continuing with the philosophy of sharing the mountain experience with the whole world, the division of research and development of Natura Vive; created the MVV (Vertical Housing Modules). Each module has 4 beds, a dining room and a private bathroom; made of aero-space aluminum and high-strength polycarbonate. The dimension of each module is 7.5 mt. long x 2.60 mt. of height and width. Once inside the module, the person can remove the harness, since the only way out is through the exit hatch located in the upper part of the module. There are six windows and four ventilation ducts in the module that ensures an adequate atmosphere. The lighting in each module is entirely ecological, thanks to photo-voltaic panels that allow energy storage in batteries to feed 4 lamps inside the module. In addition to these lamps each bed has a solar book lamp. Each module has a private bathroom, divided from the rest of the module with the help of a noise-insulating wall. Inside this, you will find a toilet or dry toilet, and a hand washer; taking advantage of a wonderful view through a dome of 1.8 meters in diameter. Skylodge Cusco has curtains in case you want more privacy with the condors (your possible neighbors). The facilities within each module, allow to provide a service of total comfort and convenience. Beds, pillows, down comforters and sheets of excellent quality will ensure a warm and pleasant night at 400 meters high. Initially, they have three modules or Suites of Adventure (Luna, Silves and Miranda),located on the Sacred Valley in Cusco, Peru. Now the current capacity is 12 people per night, since Luna is the service module. There are two access roads to get to Skylodge; the classic is by railroad track, passing by the suspension bridge; or the intrepid  road and its zip line. Choose the one you like the most! All these services include roundtrip transportation from the hotel, guides, equipment, gourmet dinner with a bottle of wine and breakfast.


Knowing more about Sacred Valley of the Incas:

Sacred Valley and Cusco were the center of the Inca universe, its climate, its excellent lands, the Urubamba River that crosses it along 100Kms., Its different altitudes and ecological floors created the conditions for this valley to be the pantry food and the resting place of the Inca court. Very pleasant climate, we are between 2700 and 2900 meters above sea level. The landscape is flat, there are different ecological levels from the sacred snow, to the valleys surrounded by vegetation and corn. Here the famous giant white maize of the Urubamba (Paraqay) grows. In the Sacred Valley we will find the largest concentration of archaeological sites in Peru, there are more than 350 places, some monumental and less known as the cave paintings of Chahuaytire, in the heights of Pisac. Along the banks of the Vilcanota River or Urubamba, as it is called from Pisaq, you can find towns founded by Spaniards who seem detained in time, as well as innumerable Inca buildings such as temples, forts, palaces, religious centers, terraces, urban centers, and aqueduct systems, some easily accessible since only a short walk is necessary to access them, while others require, due to the distance, to walk for a few hours on paths that leave drawing by the mountains. On the river you can see the impressive mountain range intertwined with the fertile valleys of the region in a distance of 43 kilometers. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the major tourist attractions of the Andean region due to its impressive landscape, its imposing snow, its pleasant climate, its fertile lands with abundant water, its megalithic cultural evidences and because it offers diverse possibilities for the practice of Adventure trip. It is accessed from the city of Cusco through road or railway.

 

Going to Machu Picchu:

Machu Picchu is one of the 7 wonders of the world most visited by tourists, has beautiful stone-based buildings, which were carved with much precision and detail, is the most important work for the Incas for having been built on a rugged mountain and inaccessible, divided into two large sectors, urban and agricultural separated by a large wall that descends the slope of the hill to reach the banks of the river Vilcanota.

 

Higlights of Machu Picchu:

  • Hiram Bingham "rediscovered" the lost city in 1911; The Inca city was known by some local families, long before the arrival of the Yale University professor. Bingham baptized Machu Picchu as the "Lost City of the Incas", because when he arrived at it, he believed that it was the lost Inca city known as Vilcabamba. 
  • Bingham's team extracted a total of 40,000 artifacts from the Inca city of Machu Picchu, to be taken to Yale University, these included silver statues, jewelry, bones, ceramics and even mummies. Most of these objects have been returned to Peru as of 2014. 
  • Machu Picchu is a Quechua word (the language of the Incas) which means "Old Mountain". 
  • Since its re-discovery, more than 30% of Machu Picchu has been reconstructed to give a clearer idea of ​​how the structures were originally viewed, the restoration continues today. 
  • The lost city is located in the middle of two mountains at 2,430 meters high, these two mountains are from "the house of the guardian", form the classic postcard of Machu Picchu, you can also see a human face in profile. 
  • Machu Picchu was declared in 1983, cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. 
  • UNESCO has established a limit of 2,500 visitors per day. 
  • Machu Picchu was declared one of the seven wonders of the world in 2007, next to the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and four other impressive places. 
  • Machu Picchu is in the list of observation of the 100 historical monuments that are in danger in the world. 
  • The city of Machu Picchu was built as a royal residence for the Inca and his family, in the mid-1400s, by the Inca Pachacutec. 
  • The buildings of Machu Picchu are made of stones that fit perfectly, and have remained for more than 500 years, without the use of any type of forge, mortar or glue. 
  • More than 50% of Machu Picchu is underground, as a base for some buildings or as water channels and drainages, for rainwater, irrigation and so. 
  • Machu Picchu is divided into two zones, agricultural and urban; It is estimated that in this city hidden among the mountains, lived just over 1000 people. 
  • Machu Picchu was never finished, it was abandoned; Thanks to this, the Spaniards could not destroy or modify it, as they did with other Inca cities. 
  • The National Park of Machu Picchu hosts the Huayna Picchu mountain, this mountain is so popular that if you want to eat in high season, tickets must be reserved 6 months in advance. 
  • Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist attraction in Peru and South America, and one of the main destinations in the world.

 

Why visit Machu Picchu? 

There are few places that offer magic and special connection with the environment. With the first step in Machu Picchu, you will know that it is a wonder of wonders. One more reason to realize how impressive the Incas were at the time of making their constructions. Nature and history together to dazzle us. Because of its location, it was a place that remained hidden from the view of the Spaniards, so it is an untouched wonder until Hiram Bingham decided to tell the world that here in Cusco, paradise was found. Are you going to miss this paradise?

 

Inca Tours:


Day 1: Skylodge Cusco

To start our travel, we will pick you up from your Hotel at 9:30 a.m to take a trip of 1 hour and 45 minutes to Pachar, located in the beautiful landscape of Urubamba Valley. Hanging 400 meters high, we will see our Skylodge it is three "pods" or modules with capacity for four people each, plus a round one that serves as a restaurant. Made of aero-spatial aluminum and high-strength polycarbonate.To entry, we will start climbing or taking the zipline. After ascending, we will have lunch at the Skylodge Adventure Suites, with an incredible view of the Sacred Valley. After lunch, we will descend through the zipline or rappeling down for an average of 2 hours until arriving back at the base. After this adventure experience, we will head to Ollantaytambo for an average of 30 minutes. Upon arrival, we have a guided tour to the archaeological center of Ollantaytambo. Then, we go to the station to take the train to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town, where we will spend the night. 

Day 2:Machu Picchu Guided Tour

We will star our tour very early, we will start taking the bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu. After 30 minutes, your tour guide will assist you to enter to the citadel, please don't forget you passport.Then you will have a guided tour during 2 hours and then you will have free time to know the citadel by your own or to take some photos, also you can clim the famous Huayna Picchu Mountain , take note it is optional and you have to book it before your trip.After the visit we will take the return bus to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the afternoon, we recommend to visit thermal baths of Aguas Calientes or the Site Museum. Finally we will return to Cusco first taking the train to Ollantaytambo and finally arriving at Cusco.

 

 

 

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Pre-trip briefing (our guide will visit your hotel one day before the tour for your information session) 
  • Transportation from Cusco to Pachar and transport to the station of the train station on the first day 
  • Transport and pick up from the train station to Cusco
  • Safety equipment for via ferrata and zipline 
  • Meals: Lunch at the Skylodge, 400 meters high. Dinner in Machu Picchu town. Breakfast on the second day and lunch.
  • Accommodation in Machu Picchu village: Hotel (01 night) 
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu 
  • Professional guide 
  • Train ticket to Machu Pichu and back 
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80) 
  • Others not mentioned
  • Tips

Packing List:

What clothes to take in the rainy season of Machu Picchu

The rainy season includes from November to March. The climate in this period is characterized by the heaviest rainfall in the year. While these do not happen throughout the day, it is important to prevent their effects with the right clothes. This is the dress you should take on your trip: 

  • Waterproof coat. 
  • Waterproof vest. 
  • Cotton shirt 
  • Windbreaker 
  • Waterproof pants. 
  • Leggins (for women). 
  • Cotton socks. 
  • Trekking shoes. 
  • Gloves 
  • It is not advisable to wear shorts or skirts due to the mosquitoes that are in place. If you are traveling with children, it is important to carry a baby carrier and light, warm clothes. Tourists in Machu Picchu in the rainy season  

What clothes to take in the dry season of Machu Picchu

The dry season includes from April to October. The climate is characterized by being warm, of a pleasant temperature. The rains can happen although much less frequently than the rainy season. This is the right dress you should wear at that time during your visit to Machu Picchu.  

  • A hat 
  • Shirts or cotton blouse. 
  • Detachable pants 
  • Leggins (for women). 
  • Cotton socks. 
  • Trekking shoes.
  • It is not advisable to wear shorts or skirts due to the mosquitoes that are in place. If you are traveling with children, it is important to carry a baby carrier and light, warm clothes.

 

Extra Packing List:

Travel documents:

  • Valid passport (it is essential, not only for the purchase of the Machu Picchu ticket, but also to identify yourself in a country that is not yours  
  • Credit or debit cards and cash in small denominations. 

Basic Accessories: 

These elements are quite useful to enjoy your visit. 

  • Enough water to stay hydrated, on a walk of at least 2 hours 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Protection for the lips 
  • Sunblock with high protection factor 
  • Plastic bags  

Electronic accessories: 

We know you will not forget your cell phone, so we will not include it in the list.  

  • Photographic camera 
  • Extra batteries 
  • Additional storage memory 
  • Power adapter Personal 

Hygiene Accessories: 

Most of these things can be purchased in Cusco or Aguas Calientes, but you may want to bring your own for your convenience. 

  • Comb brush 
  • Shampoo
  • shower gel
  • soap
  • towel 
  • Toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • Deodorant Lotions
  • creams Lip balm 
  • Shaving cream 
  • Other articles of personal hygiene 

Medication: 

Most basic medication can be purchased without a prescription at any pharmacy; however, antibiotics and other medications will be sold only with a prescription. If you need special medication, it is best to bring your own prescription. Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) is the village at the foot of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, and if you can find several pharmacies, it is very likely that there are medicines that can only be obtained in Cusco. If you have any chronic condition, consult your doctor before embarking if you travel. We recommend some days and acclimatization before starting any activity in Cusco; likewise, it is possible that the mixture of height, climate and food of the place, play a trick on your stomach health; We recommend avoiding heavy meals, especially if it comes from cities near sea level.

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