Phoebe Neuman reports for Robb Report:
Opening in January, the space station-like Kachi Lodge will be the first permanent luxury lodge on Bolivia’s otherworldly Salar de Uyuni.
Kachi Lodge is set to be the first permanent luxury camp in Bolivia’s breathtaking Salar de Uyuni.
Bolivia’s otherworldly Salar de Uyuni, has for the most part, remained the stuff of daydreams for intrepid travelers. Maybe you could swing a day trip from Uyuni or Tupiza, but opportunities to spend much time exploring the rugged region were few and far between. Then, luxury travel outfitter Black Tomato helped crack Uyuni open, hosting extended versions of its Blink temporary glamping experiences on the salt flats earlier this fall. But if you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag a spot on those limited trips, don’t despair: When it opens in January 2019, Kachi Lodge will provide the first year-round experience in bucket-list-worthy Salar.
Inside, the six-bedroom pods are outfitted with a plush double bed positioned to provide maximum views out of the dome’s clear-paneled “windows,” a wood-burning stove to keep the space warm overnight (as temperatures can dip as low as 32 degrees even during high summer), and bathrooms complete with running hot and cold water—a rare luxury this far out of bounds.
A rendering of Kachi Lodge, set to open in January. Photo: Courtesy of Amazing Escapes
And while each will certainly be comfortable, we wouldn’t recommend spending more time than needed to charge your batteries inside. After all, your dance card will be full. Mornings can be spent hiking across the flats to a nearby island-like oasis covered in giant cactus or making the two-hour trek up to the lower lip of the Tunupa volcano crater; you might spend your afternoons at nearby villages like Coquesa (where you can discover ancient mummies still held in the caves that dot the hillside above the village) and the pre-Colombian ruins of Alcaya, near Salinas. During the dry season, which runs from late April through October, you can also grab Kachi’s mountain bikes for a spin out on the flats. And, during the wet season, you might even paddleboard directly out from camp, gliding across the brilliant blue sky reflected in the shallow flood waters.