Few experiences in life will make you feel like you are visiting another planet, at the Kachi Lodge hotel, located in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, you feel just that when staying inside the hotel’s famous transparent domes. Located next to the Tunupa volcano, in the Andes mountain range, the Salar de Uyuni is one of the most beautiful and exclusive places in the world. Known for being the largest and highest salt desert on our planet, it has an estimated area of 10,582 square kilometers, and is approximately 3,650 meters above sea level.
In this space of remote and natural beauty, the Swiss company Amazing Escapes – dedicated to offering luxury camps for exclusive clients in remote parts of the world – designed and launched the Kachi Lodge hotel with the goal of elevating hospitality to a higher level. Keep reading below to learn more about this otherworldly paradise.
A Magical Place
The Salar de Uyuni is one of nature’s treasures, with more than 60% of the world’s lithium reserves and large amounts of potassium, magnesium and boron. It is a place frequently visited by travelers who are looking for a different place to visit outside of the usual tourist attractions and destinations around the world. The best time of year to visit is between January and February, when rain fills a nearby lagoon that is famous for reflecting beautiful colors throughout its waters.
Protect The Environment
The facilities of the Kachi Lodge include 6 luxurious residential domes with transparent side panels, as well as a larger dome that serves as a gourmet restaurant, which is located on a wooden terrace with magnificent windows to the Salar de Uyuni. Each of the domes, allow for a truly immersive experience and have a wide and comfortable bed for two people located in the center of the room for better views, along with a cozy fireplace, rugs, rustic furniture, wood paneling and a private bath. Kachi Lodge is a very environmentally friendly hotel that runs off of solar energy and utilizes high-tech water treatment equipment to help limit any excess water use by recycling the water, minimizing overall consumption.
Waking up in the morning in one of these domes overlooking the Salar de Uyuni is a unique and spectacular sensation. At night the stars take center stage, creating a beautiful halo of mysticism around the lodge. To get an even better view of the night’s sky, experts can help you utilize telescopes to observe the bright stars and constellations throughout the night sky surrounding the hotel.
What To Do And See
In addition to stargazing, here are a few other things you can do when staying at the lodge: from mountain biking down the slopes of the Tunupa volcano or walking to the lower edge of the volcano crater, to paddling in the Salar de Uyuni lagoon or observing the gigantic cacti at the nearby Inchausti island, there are plenty of things to do and see when staying at this hotel.
You can take a pleasant walk to the top of Kachi Island to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets, visit the charming town of Coquesa, see the famous mummies sheltered in a cave near the town and learn how the locals collect salt from the Uyuni Salt Flat in the same way that their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
Those who love gastronomy and want to try local delicacies are in luck. Kachi Lodge has an agreement with local restaurants and the Gustu school in La Paz, providing visitors with top of the line cuisine made with local Bolivian products produced in the area.
Spending a few days at Kachi Lodge is the perfect way to connect with nature and enjoy the stars, while finding peace and harmony within ourselves.■