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5 Amazing Places You Can Wake Up In Peru

From hanging hotels to Amazon hammocks, you'll never have a boring night's sleep again.

Think you know all there is to know about Peru? Think again. This South American hotspot isn’t just about the beautiful scenery (though Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca sure are pretty!) Peru is home to rich culture, amazing food and seemingly, an endless supply of unique accommodation options. We vote you skip the boring hostel for something a little out of the ordinary, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best out-of-the-box experiences this side of the equator. Take a peak below.

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#1 A transparent pod on the side of a cliff

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Not for the faint hearted, the Skylodge Suite – a see-through geometric pod – hangs 365 metres above the ground, in Peru’s Sacred Valley. To reach your room, you must first climb 400 metres of sheer vertical cliff-faces on Via Ferrata and navigate an intrepid trail of ziplines. For your troubles, a stay at the Skylodge comes complete with a gourmet breakfast, dinner and snacks, complimentary wine (you’ll be needing it), professional guides to lead you to your pod and transportation to the base of the mountain. You’ll get to enjoy it all with 300 degree views of the stunning Sacred Valley and drift off to sleep amongst the stars. What a thrill.

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#2 On board a cruise in the Amazon

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Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, Delfin Amazon Cruises will take you into one of the world’s largest protected flooded forests, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. You’ll be right in the thick of it: you’ll get to go to sleep beside the glowing eyes of the caimans, and wake to monkeys swinging from trees beside your window, or if you’re lucky, pink dolphins swimming in the water beside you. Our pick of the lot is the Deluxe Suite on Delfin I, which features panoramic windows stretching from floor to ceiling and even a private Jacuzzi. Very nice, indeed.


#3 In an old Mint factory

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Casa Andina is built on what was once the Casa de la Moneda, also known as the old Mint, a national historic landmark built back in 1794. More of a living museum than a hotel, Casa Andina is located only a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa and offers guests access to the sprawling heart of the city. The boutique hotel features just 40 rooms, and a gorgeous courtyard to relax with a drink after a day of exploring.


#4 Up high in a treehouse in the Amazon

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For the most unique and memorable rainforest experience, the Inkaterra Canopy Tree House offers utter seclusion amidst the splendour of the Peruvian South Eastern Amazon. Built on a private platform and adjoining the famous Inkaterra Canopy Walkway at some 27-metres above the ground, the high vantage point allows guests to see animals not visible from the ground. You’ll be treated to a romantic dinner for two in the canopy, before taking an after-dark walk around the tree top world.


#5 On the edge of the earth

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Pristine beaches probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Peru, but the lesser known northern areas of Peru – most notably Mancora – are home to sandy white beaches, pumping surf and some spectacular hotels. One such hotel, Hotel Arennas, is located right on the beach, with the Pacific Ocean almost lapping at your door. Nearby activities include deep sea fishing, surfing classes and sunset horse rides along the beach. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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