“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller


 

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch


 

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien


 


 

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch


 

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien


 

Our Story

Salar Art+Travel started in 2012 as a luxury travel division of Salar Galería de Arte. Since its inception, our main goal has been to provide unique experiences and custom tailored itineraries for those looking to visit Bolivia.

Our trips have an integral artistic/gastronomic component that aim to satisfy the most demanding clients and requests.

Over the years we have hosted high-profile clients and have worked with industry leaders in luxury travel world-wide.

In 2017, after a long period of research and development the company became an independent entity, operating the most interesting and creative routes in Bolivia offering unparalleled experiences and off-the-beaten-path activities without compromising comfort and upholding the most rigorous quality controls in all services offered.

We work hand in hand with the people behind the country’s Gastronomic Revolution and curate one of a kind dining experiences in the major cities in Bolivia as well as in the most remote locations merging Haute Cuisine with Contemporary Art.

Our insider access gives our clients the opportunity to navigate the city like a local or live like a local should they wish to stay at a luxury residence— part of our Private Home-stay program fitted with a 24 hour butler, private chef, luxury transportation and five-star hotel amenities.

We take each project and client’s needs into account prior submitting a one of a kind itinerary where no experience is the same as the other and where no request is too extreme. You just ask and we deliver.


Where

Send us an email to enquire about our destinations within Bolivia and let us plan your perfect stay.


Insider Access

Authentic Local Presence

We pride ourselves on offering our clients an all-around authentic experience from the minute they arrive. This includes experiences such as private house stays to curated pop-up dinners by the most renowned chefs in the country who will prepare a special meal for the occasion at remote locations.

We have an in-house content creation team that will produce the most interesting and creative itinerary for your journey taking into account your interests and goals above everything. No itinerary is the same and we strive to make each trip seamless where attention to detail and taste are paramount.

Salar's on-the-ground experts have inspected all the best hotels, including five-star properties, unique boutique hotels as well as private houses that are not offered as rentals to the general public. This firsthand knowledge makes it possible to recommend the perfect choice for each guest.

Among the people that we work with are PHD-level guides and specialists who are historians, astronomers, chefs, artists, collectors, professional athletes, geologists and other experts in each of their respective fields who often times will accompany our guests depending on their interests. There is one trait that all the people that we work with have and that is the passion for showing the best that each place has to offer.

Our team

Catalina Ugalde

Social Impact | Photographer | Content Creation

A Bolivian native and a world nomad, Catalina was drawn to tourism due to her experiences abroad and her fascination for different cultures. After completing her studies in Law and an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Diplomatic School of Madrid, Catalina moved to Washington D.C to work at the Organization of American States (OAS) when she gained expertise in the Latin American region.

Since then, Catalina left her corporate life to move back to Bolivia to oversee the overall running of Salar Art+Travel.

She's been with us for more than 4 years, but the experience and skills she brings go back much further. She is a development practitioner and political analyst with passion for social impact and sustainable development— as such she now leads Salar\'s social initiatives.

A passionate photographer, Catalina is most often found behind the lens of her camera.

Nicky Gott

Content Creation | Trip Leader

Nicky Gott is the person on the ground making sure your trip goes without a hitch. A specialist in the gastronomic revolution and a native Bolivian she will offer you support and make sure everything during your stay in Bolivia runs smoothly.

She is well connected in the country will offer an insider perspective on the places you will visit.

Nicky lived in the United States for many years where she studied Social work with a minor in Sociology at the University of Maryland and after graduating college she traveled and taught English in Asia and eventually made her way back to Bolivia where she is also the co-founder of How to La Paz, a platform specializing in all things La Paz.

Canela Ugalde

Experience Manager

Canela is the co-founder of How to La Paz, a platform specializing in things to do around the city of La Paz. She is also the Experience Manager at the new Selina Hotel and works closely with designers, artisans and local artists in order to create a pathway into Bolivia’s vibrant culture.

Born and raised in La Paz, she is a true paceña who is very passionate about the city and the transformation it’s currently going through. She is responsible for creating and executing all experiences around the city from a pop-up tasting bar at the valley of the souls to working with famed local chefs to create one of a kind dining experiences for our clients.

She is the ultimate hostess who will make sure you have the best time while you are our guest.

Miguel (Massmo) Huallpa & Bros

Production Manager

Miguel and his brothers are responsible for executing the most complex tasks such as building a movable stage in the middle of the desert for a special concert to coordinating the logistics for a photo shoot. Miguel serves as the production manager and has worked with the family for over twenty years.

There is simply no task too big for him and his team and he is always ready for a challenge.

Most of the times he can be found behind the scenes or at the studio where he is usually building something for something.

Mariano Ugalde

Founder

While planning his own wedding in 2010, Mariano had to develop a 7-day itinerary for his guests coming from overseas to La Paz way before La Paz became the “it” destination and where the haute gastronomic movement had yet to start. This is where it all started.

Mariano is the Director of Salar Galería de Arte in La Paz and originally founded Salar Art+Travel to service his international art clients who wanted to visit Bolivia. In 2021 he was named Leading Culture Destinations Ambassador.

Since then, the company has become an independent Luxury DMC servicing industry leaders worldwide and it still works closely with the Gallery as we aim to have one ore more art elements in each trip we craft from hosting a pop-up dinner at the gallery to commissioning artists to doing ephemeral site specific installations in the deserts.

Gaston Ugalde

Creative Director

We are lucky to have Bolivia’s most celebrated artist in our team serving as our Creative Director.

Gaston’s love for Bolivia is deeply rooted in its vast and diverse landscapes and on its people. In 2020 he was the recipient of Vanity Fair's Changing Your Mind in Travel Award.

He is an avid explorer, mountain climber and one of the first people to visit and start talking about the Uyuni Salt Desert as a destination going back to the early seventies.

Gaston’s creativity is ingrained in everything that he does from his artistic practice that ranges from Video Art to Land Art— to consulting on different fields from business to politics.

He is known for coming up with the most creative solutions and his approach to travel is no different which is one of the reasons he has been sought-after by many of the most illustrious visitors that have visited the country in the last 30 years.

Tailor Made Journeys

We will get to know you and create a Tailor-Made itinerary for you. Tell us what you would like to do and where you would like to go and we will prepare an itinerary and a quote for you that exactly matches your preferences.

Together, we will determine the ideal price, dates, style of touring, route, pace, accommodations, levels of pampering, dining preferences, adventure levels, options to meet locals, and options to explore nightlife scenes.

No trip is the same and the experiences we propose go far beyond what any guidebook will tell you about our destinations.

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USA: +1 301. 591. 3780Bolivia: +591 77. 50.49.47

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