Train Cemetery, Uyuni

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Probably one of the last things you'd expect to see at an altitude of 3,656 m (11,995 ft) on the edge of the desert, Train Cemetery presents a vast collection of historical trains and locomotives. The trains stand as a monument to Uyuni's past as a prosperous mining town. After the collapse of the industry in the 1940s, the trains were simply abandoned on the edge of town, left to the mercy of scavengers and the winds blowing from the nearby salt flat. You can wander freely around the site and take pictures, but if you want to climb the trains, be careful of the sharp, rusty edges. Using our world travel planner, Uyuni attractions like Train Cemetery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Uyuni train cemetery is one of the tourist places that one cannot miss, it is very close to Uyuni, about 10 minutes and it is quite crowded, there is no cost to visit it and you must be careful...  more »
  • This is a graveyard where trains and rolling stock have been discarded. A great place for photos. Will be a interesting for train fanatics as well. Was a bit windy when I visited though.  more »
  • Emmm, I didn’t get this idea of having a stop there for like a 40 minutes. But to clime this old cars could be Interesting for a while. To take some shoots. I m not a fin of old rusty trains  more »
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  • Nice old train cars. If you're on a tour in Uyuni desert, better not spend too much time here to enjoy more time in the salt flat. It's almost impossible to take picture with nobody on it because the place is quite crowded
  • A lot of old locomotives in various states of conservation...Too many people in the morning since all tour starts at 10:30 and all are going to visit the cemetery as theirs first stop.... Impossible to make a photo without having tourists in the field...Much better to go by yourself in the afternoon with a taxi or by walking.. It's true Uyuni is at 3700m but it is flat and not so far...
  • Here you can take great pictures and play with every train you find. This is a popular place so you'll have to have patient. Entrance is free. There are no bathrooms here.
  • Beautiful but derelict. So many historical locomotives that have been preyed by junk hunters. It makes you feel like you are in the wild west. It's a mere 1.5 km from downtown Uyuni. The access road is badly maintained. Worth visiting.
  • Best time to go is in the morning to beat the crowds. You can enjoy the trains without many tourists around. Neat history behind this interesting place so most likely your Bolivian guide will inform you about it or ask.

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