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When you travel, you can always rely on the safe route, taking the well-beaten path and keeping things nice and predictable. In Peru, that might mean a guided tour of the country”s historic ruins and natural wonders.

Or, you could spend a day scaling the cliff faces in the Sacred Valley, spend the night in a bubble clinging to the cliff side, 400 feet off the ground, and zipline back to Earth the following day. Your choice.

What we”re talking about is a real option for the more adventurous types out there. Tourism company Natura Vive offers climbing and zipline getaways in Peru”s Sacred Valley, allowing even inexperienced climbers the option of scaling near-vertical cliffs and having a high-up adventure.

To get to the pods, you have to climb up the cliff.

To get to the pods, you have to climb up the cliff.

Although it looks daunting, the climb is actually suitable to people with little or no climbing experience. Iron rungs, called stemples, make climbing up the more sheer areas easier. This ladder-like addition, called a via ferrata (literally, “iron road”), makes the climb much more accessible. In addition, each climber is outfitted with safety gear and attached to a lifeline. Guides, all trained in ropes and vertical rescue, also accompany each group.

It”s a 400-foot climb.

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If you”re still not convinced, consider the fact that the minimum age to participate in this trek is nine. If a nine-year-old can do it, you probably can, too.

Still, it”s probably not the best if you don”t like heights.

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Don”t worry. Everyone is locked in with harnesses and ropes, and guides accompany guests to ensure safety.

After all that climbing, you come to the hotel where you”ll be spending the night.

After all that climbing, you come to the hotel where you

The “hotel” is made up of three pods that can sleep up to eight people altogether and offer panoramic views of Sacred Valley. And yes, they have bathrooms.

The platform on top is perfect for really taking in the view.

The platform on top is perfect for really taking in the view.

It”s also the perfect spot for the most scenic meal of your life.

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The skylodges, as they”re known, are far less rugged than they might seem. Besides being spacious, they also come with dinner, breakfast, and wine, and have room for beds, a dining area, and a bathroom. The bathroom features a dry, ecological toilet and sink. They have their own lighting, too, which is completely solar-powered. For pods dangling from a cliff face, that sounds pretty decadent!

And the beds are surprisingly luxurious.

And the beds are surprisingly luxurious.

Imagine falling asleep like this…

Imagine falling asleep like this...

…and waking up to this.

...and waking up to this.

(via Lost At E Minor, Daily Mail)

In the morning, guests come back down to the surface by either rappelling or ziplining, and return to the nearby city of Cusco. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, you can check out the details on Natura Vive”s website.

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