An Otherworldly Adventure on Bolivia’s Salt Flats
The first permanent accommodation on Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats, Kachi Lodge offers guests a unique way to explore this captivating area.
If you’re looking for a truly off-the-grid experience, it doesn’t get much better than this. Tucked beneath the shadows of Tunupa Volcano, Kachi Lodge sits at an breath-taking altitude of 3,600 metres.
The first permanent property to open in this region, Kachi Lodge features six geometric domes that function as guest rooms. Designed by Amazing Escapes, the domes combine the comforts of a rustic-chic hotel room with an out-of-this-world view and local touches.
Each dome features soft carpets, plenty of wood, heating, quirky artwork by Gastón Ugalde, and Bolivian textiles. One wall is completely clear so that guests can always be immersed in the incredible views this landscape offers; to maximise the experience, plush double beds are strategically placed to offer views through this window.
Any stay here, though, is about the experience and Kachi Lodge offers several ways to explore this unique environment and its surrounds. The physically fit can chose to mountain bike across the flats or – if they’re feeling brave – hike to the lower lop of Tunupa Volcano.
For the culturally inclined, the lodge offers excursions to the village of Coquesa, where ancient mummies are sheltered in a cave hidden some 600 metres over the village – and offering spectacular views over the flats. Just over an hour’s drive from the camp, guests can also explore the archaeological site of Alcaya, an open-air museum featuring the remains of the pre-Colombian Chullpa Indians village.
By night, feast on the best of Bolivia in this unreal landscape. Kachi Lodge offers an exclusive gastronomic experience curated by the award-winning Gusto restaurant in La Paz. Showcasing Bolivia’s cuisine through sustainably-sourced ingredients, Gusto is also a social project dedicated to benefitting locals from vulnerable backgrounds. Once your appetite is sated, borrow the lodge’s telescope and contemplate life as you stare up at unparalleled views of the Southern sky.
Sustainability is at the heart of all Kachi Lodge operations. The property was created in cooperation with the local Jirira community, and cutting-edge water, energy and waste management systems – from solar panels to incineration toilets – means it leaves as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible. They are also dedicated to a no plastics policy.