Standing directly on the Uyuni Salt Flats, at an altitude of 3,600m, at the foot of Tunupa Volcano is the luxury dome camp, Kachi Lodge. Composed of repeated equilateral triangles, their metallic structure is the very essence of mathematical elegance. In front or on top of the dome, a transparent panel offers wide-open views on the Salar and its star-studded sky. Kachi Lodge domes offer the comfort of a hotel room with a private bathroom, comfortable bedding, and proper heating. Inside the domes, a wooden screen has been mounted to protect the shower area, the ceramic washbasins and the restrooms. Covered in soft beige carpet, the interior feels cozy with the double bed centrally placed for maximum view. A wooden trunk is placed on the side of the bed to host lanterns, while light wooden stools and a small ladder compose a minimalist set-up around the central stove. The décor naturally embraces the cold outside. Through the lodge, the works of the famous Bolivian contemporary artist Gaston Ugalde, illuminate the place with their shimmering colours. In the central dome, a long wooden table comes enhanced with a line-up of hanging natural straw lamps, directly attached to the metallic structure. Around, dozens of oversized hemp cushions stitched with bright threads on the edges are arranged around copper floor-lanterns. A few indigenous plants and bushes, low tables and primitive wooden bowls mix cultures and influences with style. Outside, old cactus trunks are intertwined to compose a natural, protective barrier: wooden banquettes and bayadere cushions in bright Altiplano hues are placed next to them under a white triangular sail. White against white, the set up is quintessentially perfect.
Travel from Uyuni to Colchani, a small town at the shores of the Salt Flat, the main activity of the inhabitants is the salt extraction. The journey through the Salt Flats is an unforgettable experience, you will travel on a natural highway of more than 10,000km of white salt. As you arrive at Kachi Lodge, you will enjoy a delicious lunch before you settle in to your exclusive dome.
In the afternoon choose your activities as you create your experience in the Salt Flats however you like it. The proposed activity for your first afternoon in the camp is a visit to Coquesa town and its sheltered mummies in a cave 600 metres over the town, from where you will also be treated to wonderful sights of the Salt Flats.
Return to Kachi Lodge for a brief rest before you enjoy a luxurious dinner at the central dome. At night you will get to enjoy the unreal sight of the sky, the camp has a telescope at your disposal to watch the stars in an unique and unforgettable location.
After a good night sleep, the breakfast waits for you before another day full of exciting activities. Either take part in a morning trek to the “island” close to the camp, covered of giant cactus and with impressive sights to the Salt Flats or visit the well known Incahuasi Island, located 30 minutes from the camp. Return to the camp for lunch or take a box lunch with you (dependant on the activity you choose).
The activity for your last afternoon is the visit to the interesting archaeological site of Alcaya, at 1.5 hours from the camp, an old Pre-Columbian city close to Salinas. Or if you are in good shape you can choose to hike to the edge of the Tunupa Volcano´s crater (2 hours). If you prefer, you can borrow one of our mountain bikes to take a ride in the Salt Flats, a wonderful experience to enjoy during your stay.
During the rainy season and according to water level, you can enjoy a ride in a stand up-paddle over the flooded Salt Flat.
After breakfast, your incredible stay at Kuchi Lodge comes to an end as you transfer back to Uyuni.