The Switzerland-based luxury camp experience specialists of Amazing Escapes announce the grand opening of Kachi Lodge, the first luxury dome lodge on the Uyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia. Located at the foot of Tunupa volcano at an altitude of 11,800 ft, Kachi Lodge rises out of Bolivia’s Altiplano like a surreal space station. Intentionally designed to offer stellar views of the world’s largest salt flats and the star-studded sky, the interiors have a minimalist setup that embraces the landscape’s natural setting. Whether an adventure seeker or astrophysicist, guests will be mesmerized by the Kachi Lodge’s 6 luxury bedroom pods and oversized lounge dome set up on the wooden deck above the dazzling surface of the Salar. The individual pods offer guests the comfort of a hotel room with a private bathroom, plush and cozy bedding and stylish interior decoration.
Guests of this otherworldly lodge are invited to dine in a central dome filled with cozy lanterns and oversized hemp cushions that add to the dramatic ambiance. Kachi Lodge takes great pride in delivering authentic and inventive cuisine, partnering with the award-winning Gustu Restaurant and school in La Paz. The team has established strong relationships with its local suppliers and aims to showcase the great potential of the country’s production, culture, and biodiversity.
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The staff, which includes a camp leader, a chef and bilingual activity guides, goes above and beyond to satisfy creature comforts and truly create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Kachi Lodge is passionate about providing guests with new and unusual ways to discover the already popular Uyuni Salt Flats.
Adventure opportunities include downhill mountain biking on the edge of the Tunupa Volcano, trekking to the volcano’s crater, experiencing the giant cacti of Incahuasi Island, and hiking to the peak of Kachi Island for incredible views of the sunrise and sunset. In the rainy season from December to March, guests can paddleboard across the Salar, enjoying the natural mirror that the flooding creates. For a glimpse of local culture guests can visit the village of Jirira, where guides show them daily llama herding routines and they have the opportunity to participate in the seasonal planting, harvesting, or processing of quinoa. The impressive colonial constructions of Coquesa, the archaeological site of Alcaya, and an antique train cemetery are each a short drive from the lodge. In certain seasons, guests might even see pink flamingos crossing the flats. For star-lovers, Kachi’s telescopes and expert guides provide unparalleled views of constellations and insight into Andean cosmology and ancient cultural beliefs about the night sky.
The high-tech, all-in-one water system provides running hot and cold water and simultaneously recycles it in a closed loop, minimizing consumption in a system that is virtually self sufficient. Kachi Lodge is a low environmental impact structure and in addition to the water treatment unit working in a closed loop, all of the systems are powered by solar energy only.
Gaston Ugalde, the most well-known contemporary artist in Bolivia, has created unique pieces of art that are installed throughout the Kachi Lodge as well as outdoor art installations on the Salar that are also available for sale. In his work, Ugalde engages the Bolivian landscape, as well as plants and fabrics intrinsic to traditions within Andean culture, and transforms them into contemporary collages, photographs and installations that speak of commerce, politics and spiritual disconnectedness. By combining the history and geography of his country with creative intervention and juxtaposition, he is able to pose universal questions to his audience about their connection to humanity.
Rates start from $1,980 per person based on double occupancy and include a two-night stay, airport transfers, activities, and full board by Gustu. Kachi Lodge is located on Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. The closest airport is 60 miles away from the lodge through the flats, and a two-night minimum stay is required.