Kachi lodge Uyuni salt flats tour
Kachi lodge Uyuni salt flats tour
The Kachi lodge Uyuni tour includes a stay at the Kachi lodge and turns your Salar de Uyuni trip into the most luxurious adventure.
The Kachi lodge is a brand-new luxury lodge located on the inmense Uyuni salt flats. As if the surroundings of Salar de Uyuni were not out-of-this-world enough, this dome camp set on the very Salar is somewhat of a science fiction adventure and something truly unique. From a distance, the futuristic white pods of the Kachi lodge look like a space station. The 6 luxury domes are composed of repeated equilateral triangles and lit up at night, with solar panels placed in between the domes. This is a viewing station unlike any you will ever experience in such an arid area.
The dome camp also has something of an observatory built for a passionate astrophysicist! In front and on top of the dome, a transparent panel offers wide-open views on the Salar and its starry night sky. Kachi lodge is any stargazer’s dream.
White against white, the set up is perfect.
The Kachi lodge is a surreal wild vision, out of this world. From inside your cozy warm dome you will be able to enjoy the unique views over the never-ending expanse of the Salar. Something nowhere else can give you.
This is the place where you will be able to enjoy sunsets, sunrises and starry nights!
Mindful and green design
Every element design of Kachi Lodge is linked to its natural environment. The shape of the domes perfectly matches the moon-like environment and their structure stands the strong high-altitude winds. Artwork of one of the Bolivian most well-known contemporary artists Gaston Ugalde, can be found everywhere across the lodge.
The preservation of the fragile environment of the Salt Flats has been an important element since the beginning of the project. No excavation was done in the salt crust. The whole lodge is secured on a wooden floor (Local FSC certified wood has been used to bring a natural flair inside the lodg) whose pillars are simply standing on the Salar. The entire lodge operates on solar energy and a windmill. The water system working in a closed loop prevents any discharge of wastewater into the environment and minimizes water consumption. Kachi Lodge has a strict 0% plastic policy. No plastic bottles or packaging. Even the cover of the domes is recyclable and the lodge is working on their own waste treatment structure in the near future.
Kachi Lodge stands on the front cover of the last edition of Time Magazine: The World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019.
Time magazine world's 100 greatest places of 2019
Reference program 3 Days / 2 Nights
A suggested itinerary is as follows:
DAY 1 (L, D)
Transfer from Uyuni airport, private vehicle and guides. First visit to the village of Colchani, road across salt flats / Playa Blanca / Ojos de Sal / Picnic lunch / Isla Pescado / Train cemetery. Road to Kachi Lodge to the northern tip of Salar de Uyuni at the bottom of Tunupa Volcano. Arrival with time enough to settle in.
Standing directly on the salt flats, looking like a space station on Mars, this luxury dome camp waits for you. (Altitude 3.600 m.)
DAY 2 (B, L, D)
You will spend the day on the Salar de Uyuni, one of the most spectacular settings on Earth, discovering every aspect of this unique environment. Your host will be on hand to arrange activities, visit to the charming village of Coquesa and the preserved mummies of Coquesa sheltered in a cave, the archaeological site of Alcaya, an old pre-Columbian city near Salinas and venture on a hike / trek to the crater of the nearby Thunupa volcano. At night, the sky of the Alptiplano unveils its show with thousands of glittering stars.
Night on at the dome camp.
DAY 3 (B)
Check out 10:00 am. Transfer to Uyuni (airport).
Programs are fully inclusive, with overnight on the Uyuni Salt Flats in a luxury double dome , dedicated 4×4 vehicles, transfers in/out from Uyuni airport, English speaking guide, private activities in the local areas and award winning cuisine provided by “Gustu” Restaurant.
Not included: Flight in and out, personal expenses and tips.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
- WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE? The word Altiplano says it all. Kachi Lodge is located at 3’600 M / 12’000 Ft.and some activities will take you over 4’000 M / 13’000 Ft It takes a little while to get used to the altitude. That’s why we would recommend you to do some acclimatization at a lower altitude before coming to Kachi Lodge so you can get the best out of your experience with us. There are no strenuous activities, so if you’re in acceptable physical condition, you’ll be all fine. Kachi Lodge provides medical oxygen bottles, masks and an inflatable hyperbaric chamber in case of emergency. Staff at Kachi lodge has received basic first aid training on the use of these systems. If you’re still concerned about your capacity to cope with high altitude, you should consult your doctor. Some tests can also be performed at specific medical centers.
- WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE? The dry season usually runs from late April to end of October. The rain season starts in November/December till beginning of April. During the dry season, you will experience crystal clear skies, sunny weather…and cold temperatures at night (down to -15°C/5°F) Our domes are heated so don’t be afraid to be cold inside). During the day T° goes up to about 12°C/50°F. Driving on the flats at that time of the year is easy. During the rain season, tempartures are much higher, Day temperatures can reach a good 20°C/ 68°F and night temparures barely reach 0°C/32°F. Rain usually falls during thunderstorms at the end of the afternoon. At that time of the year,with higher chances during January and February, you can experience the amazing mirror effect, when the flats are flooded with a few inches of water. It’s still possible to drive on the Salar at that time, but depending on the level of water, you might need to take a longer route to access to Kachi Lodge from Uyuni and to some other sites.
- WHAT TYPE OF COMFORT SHOULD I EXPECT? Kachi Lodge is designed to offer the maximum of comfort to our guests i.e. comfy bedding with thick duvet, private bathroom with running hot water, towels, wardrobe, ambience lightning and proper heating to keep you away from the cold. Housekeeping is done daily. However, don’t forget that you’re about to live an experience close to nature with a camp spirit, so it’s not to be compared to a luxury hotel room.
- IS THERE A RISK OF INTOXICATION OR FIRE WITH THE WOOD STOVE? No. Our wood stoves are designed to fit in the dome. Your host will explain how to light and look after the stove or will be happy to do it for you. Each tent has a smoke and CO2 detector + a fire extinguisher.
- WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF ME WHILE STAYING ON THE CAMP? Our host team is composed of a camp leader, an operation manager, a chef, a service team and housekeeping team. During the activities, an English/Spanish speaking guide will accompany you so you can make the best out of your experience.
- DOES THE RESTAURANT OFFER A-LA-CARTE DINNER? No. It’s a set menu. We offer dishes with local products only, we respect the seasonality of the products and the producers. We’ll be happy to consider your diet requirements or allergies when possible.
- CAN I HAVE DINNER ON MY OWN? Yes. Tables settings offer communal table for those who want to share their experience of the day at Kachi Lodge with other guests or 2 to 4 seat tables for those preffering a more private atmosphere.
- IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXTEND MY STAY? Yes, if availability allows, we’ll be happy to extend the stay, adding activities to the program. Price on request.
- ARE THE EXCURSION ON THE CAMP DONE IN GROUP? Depending on the occupancy of the camp, yes, you might join other guests to share the same activity. However, a group will never exceed 12 persons at the same time.
- WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO I NEED? Good pair of walking shoes, wind stopper fleece, down jacket, light gloves, hat and cat. 4 sunglasses. At this altitude and especially on the Salt Flats, sunlight is unbearable without sunglasses and can lead to serious eye burns.
- WHAT IS INCLUDED DURING MY STAY? The lodge is sold as an all inclusive experience. Minimum stay 2 nights.
- ARE THE TRANSFERS INCLUDED? Included in the cost of your stay is a private transfer from Uyuni airport (or town, depending on your arrival plans), and return to Uyuni at the end of your stay. Please contact us if you are interested in other tours in the Uyuni area such as visits to Laguna Colorada and Verde and/or a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.
- WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM GUEST CAPACITY? Kachi Lodge has a capacity of 6 domes /18 guests maximum.
- CAN I DISCUSS MY UYUNI TRIP FURTHER WITH YOU? Yes, we’re always happy to provide any information or advice about your Uyuni trip. If you have any questions or queries, contact us here. We’re ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Uyuni tour.
Find out more about our Uyuni salt flats tours, we have a complete and varied offer (including transfers to Tupiza or San Pedro de Atacama, Chile) to meet your wishes and travel plans.
Keep in mind that the program may change due to special circumstances like bad weather conditions.
Possible activities during your stay to make out the best of your experience during the Kachi lodge Uyuni tour are:
- Exploration of the Salar itself, trekking on the cactus filled islands and visiting the “Ojos de Sal”.
- Trekking to the base of the crater on the Thunupa volcano (2 hours trek).
- Cycling across the salt flats with bicycles available at the lodge.
- Visits to nearby archaeological sites of Coquesa and Alcaya.
- Interaction with the local farming and artisanal community of Jirira.
- A daily visit to the quinoa fields or walk to encounter llama farmers amidst their herd are a unique way to understand the local culture – and the dedication needed to fight the extreme climate and make a living out of it.
- During the wet season, when the level of water allows it, enjoy a stand up paddle ride on the flooded Salar.
- Visit to Uyuni’s famous “train cemetery”, Pescado island and Colchani town.
- At night, a telescope is at your disposal to observe the starry night of the Altiplano.
Contact us to book a trip or to get further details on the programs.
We can also arrange a combination of this tour with other services in Uyuni or private transport to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Check out our full range of Salar de Uyuni tours that include a visit to the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve where deserts, volcanos, geysers, hot springs, and high-altitude lakes such as Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada are located.
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