If glamping in a futuristic eco-pod on the world’s largest salt flat excites your interest, then be sure to include Kachi Lodge in your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Bolivia.
Kachi Lodge and its spectacular geometric tented domes sit on a wooden platform directly on Bolivia’s shimmering white Salar de Uyuni. A truly unique way to experience this natural wonder, each of the domed suites (a shape inspired by local beliefs and cosmology) has its own private bathroom, hot running water and a plush bed topped by handmade woven blankets. The interiors are bohemian in style with traditional altiplano textiles, colourful Gastón Ugalde artwork and bespoke, handcrafted furnishings made from local materials.
A pellet stove keeps each dome at a toasty 19°C (perfect for the chilly nights), whilst the large bay window offers unparalleled views of the astonishing landscape. When not in your suite you could be out hiking a nearby volcano, biking across the perfectly flat landscape, chatting with local llama farmers or seeing how the salt is collected from the surface of the Salar - all with your own private car and guide. The best part? When the day-trippers leave, you’ll have the place all to yourself.
Kachi Lodge, at a glance
- Unique luxury lodge located directly on the Salar de Uyuni at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano
- Six domed-shaped suites decorated with artwork by Gastón Ugalde and bespoke furniture crafted out of regional materials
- Large bay windows allow for panoramic views of the Salar and its starry sky
- Communal ‘lounge’ dome with straw-hanging lamps, reclaimed wooden furniture and striking giant cactus sculptures
- Guests enjoy gourmet meals courtesy of the award-winning La Paz restaurant, Gustu
- Sustainability focused, utilising solar panels, wind turbines and water and waste management systems
For leisure and pleasure
- Outdoor terrace with wooden benches and coffee tables
- Contemplate the starry night skies through the lodge’s telescope
- Borrow one of the lodge’s mountain bikes to explore the surrounding area on your own two wheels
- Hike up the Tupuna Volcano
- Wander nearby quinoa fields and meet local llama farmers
- Sunrise hike on the cacti-covered Kachi Island
- Visit the ancient archaeological site of Alcaya
- Enjoy canoeing on the salt flats during the rainy reason
- Explore the salt flats in a 4x4
- Spot a variety of wildlife from flamingos to vicunas
Sample itinerary from £1,755 per person (based on 2 people)
Sample itinerary as follows for a 3-day/2-night package staying at Kachi Lodge starting and ending in Uyuni, including full board and sightseeing in a 4x4 with a private guide and driver:
Day 1: Arrival into Uyuni and transfer to Kachi Lodge. En route travel across the Salt Flat and visit Isla Pescado. Arrive at Kachi Lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon activity, before dinner. Overnight at Kachi Lodge.
Day 2: Full day or two-half day excursions from Kachi Lodge. Options will be discussed on arrival with your guide, but can include a trail to the top of an unspoilt and rarely visited cactus island, offering spectacular views of the Salar. For the less active you can visit the charming village of Coquesa or venture into the surrounding quinoa fields and observe the farming techniques and see llamas in the wild. Bikes are always available for guests too and for those feeling up to it, you can hike part of the way up Tunupa Volcano. If on a full day activity a picnic lunch is provided and in the evening guests are invited to use the lodge's telescope and observe the beautiful clear skies of the Altiplano. Overnight at Kachi Lodge.
Day 3: Transfer from Kachi Lodge to Uyuni airport for onward connections (there is also the possibility of crossing the border into Chile, for an additional cost).
NB. Please note the above itinerary may change depending on the season of travel and conditions on the Salt Flats.