On the immense Uyuni Salt Flats, one journey takes you to another dimension. Set on a wooden platform near a cacti covered island, enjoy two nights stay on the Kachi Lodge. A daily walk to encounter lama farmers amidst their herd are a unique way to understand local culture. Sunrise hikes followed by a breakfast at the tip on an island surrounded by giant cacti is a unique way to start the day while sunset drives to catch the last rays of light are spectacular every time. During rainy season, the salar turns into a thin lake where one can paddle, canoe out or simply enjoy a photographic session as clouds endlessly reflect on the surface of the water. At night, when the telescope is out, the sky seems to open up and pour stars above one’s head. The salar is a place of endless possibilities.
Take a walk to encounter llama farmers amidst their herd
Hike the towering Thunupa volcano
Savor Bolivian fine dining at 3660 m high with Proyecto Nativa
Appreciate one of a kind land art with renowned artist Gastón Ugalde
Spot altiplano wildlife: flamingos, vicuñas, viscachas and Andean fox
Transfer from Uyuni airport to Kachi Lodge where you will spend the next two nights with 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.
All experiences are done with your own guide, private car and driver. Arrange your program with your guide when arriving on the Lodge. It can be modified during your stay, according to your wishes and the weather conditions
Sunrise hikes followed by a breakfast at the tip of Inca Huasi, an island surrounded by a forest of giant cacti is a unique way to start the day. 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. Some of the endemic wildlife of altiplano can be spotted near the lodge: flamingos, vicuñas ( kind of local antelope producing the finest wool, surpassing cashmere in quality), viscachas, and Andean fox. 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.
The portfolio of activities within an hour of the lodge is vast: it ranges from cultural and ethnic excursions to the ancient archaeological site and scared grounds of Alkaya – where ancient mommies can be seen - to high altitude hikes on the nearby Thunupa volcano (5321m). El Mirador del Thunupa, located at the bottom of the exploded crater is reachable by driving a vertiginous track offering extraordinary views over the salar. When lit by the sun, the face of the mountain turns into a mesmerizing array of colors from bright yellow to dark red. For those who dare, they can bike down the track 'till the village of Tahua.
Sunset drives to catch the last rays of light are spectacular every time, especially when comfortably installed with a glass of wine or cocktail prepared on the spot. During the rainy season, the salar turns into a thin lake where one can paddle, canoe out or simply enjoy a photographic session as clouds endlessly reflect on the surface of the water. At night, when the telescope is out, the sky seems to open up and pour stars above one’s head.
Day 3: Return Home
Today, you will transfer to Uyuni airport for your return home.
This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.