As guests, 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), amidst ochre and red coloured earth. Breathtaking.
A daily visit to the quinoa fields or walk to encounter lama 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.
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, 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. The salar is a place of endless possibilities.
Some of the endemic wildlife of the altiplano can be spotted near the lodge: flamingos, vicuñas (Kind of local antilope producing the finest wool, surpassing cashmere in quality), viscachas, Andean fox. Giant cacti can be found all around the lodge. The Echinopsis atacamensis towers up to 10m and blooms 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.
The towering Thunupa volcano right behind Kachi Lodge is another landmark of the salt flats. 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 moutain 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
All experiences are done with your own guide, private car and driver. You will 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. Kachi Lodge is constantly extending its program of activities.