We’ll be honest, Bolivia perhaps isn’t the first destination that we think of when it comes to potential travel destinations here at Coolector HQ but we might just have to revise that opinion having come across Kachi Lodge, situated in the Uyuni Salt Flats. This breathtaking retreat is quite unlike anything you’re likely to have seen and if you’re after a break a little out of the ordinary, this is sure to tick all of the right boxes.
The Kachi Lodge in Bolivia is located in one of the most remote corners of the world, an hour flight from la Paz, Bolivia. It delivers some of the most exhilarating and awe-inspiring vistas imaginable and, at 3660m high, the salar is one of them. On the immense salt flat, one journey takes you to another dimension and provides one of the most relaxing retreats anywhere out there. The Lodge itself is wooden platform near a cacti covered island, with six suites that turn a stay on the altiplano into the most luxurious adventure.
The focus of the Kachi Lodge is comfort and the cleverly designed interiors meet the great outdoors: from the warmth of the dome-shaped suite, the salar unfolds like a mirror in the rainy season, or crystalline landscapes the rest of the year. The owners strive to push the boundaries of sustainable travels as far as they’ll go with cutting edge green infrastructures, commitment to local culture and communities are a daily reality. The Lodge is in operation all year round and they have teamed up with the best in the region: unique food prepared by Bolivia’s most celebrated chef, one of a kind land art with Gastón Ugalde and an endless list of bespoke activities to keep you entertained during your stay.
With a wonderful feeling of remoteness and truly being at one with the great outdoors, the Kachi Lodge offers a stay unlike any other. There are six dome suites to stay in so it is a highly intimate resort where the focus is on providing stellar service in either more stunning surroundings. The interiors of the domes have a bohemian chic atmosphere: sourcing sustainable objects. In each dome, large bay windows offer panoramic views on the Salar and its star-studded sky. Lit up at night, they are one of the coolest, and most surrealist viewing station ever seen in the arid region.
There are plenty of things to see and do within an hour of Kachi Lodge which includes cultural and ethnic excursions to the ancient archaeological sites and sacred grounds of Alkaya – where ancient mommies can be seen – to high altitude hikes on the nearby Thunupa volcano (5321m), amidst ochre and red coloured earth. Sunrise hikes followed by a breakfast at the tip on an island surrounded by giant cacti is a unique way to start the day and when the rainy season rolls around, the salar turns into a thin lake where you can paddle, canoe out or simply enjoy taking some amazing photographs.
Plenty of wildlife can be seen near the Kachi Lodge such as flamingos, vicuñas (which are a kind of local antelope which produce the finest wool, surpassing cashmere in quality), viscachas and the Andean fox. Giant cacti can be seen all around the lodge. The Echinopsis atacamensis towers up to 10m and blossoms in October and November. On your way from Uyuni, you’ll probably stop at the old train cemetery with its dozens of old locomotives and carriages dating back to early 20th century, then to Inca Huasi Island, covered with a forest of giant cacti.
For anyone seeking a holiday that knocks things up a notch then we’re pretty sure the Kachi Lodge in Bolivia will be right up your street. All experiences at the lodge are done with your own guide, private car and driver and you’ll feel completely relaxed from the minute you arrive until you reluctantly pack your bags to leave.