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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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  • This site was a let down. It is on the outskirts of Uyuni near to a garbage dump with loads of plastic bags flying around. The trains are left to rot and be covered with graffiti and instagram tags - ...  more »
  • Yea you came to Uyuni to see the salt flats and you are right but there some other things here that are nice and waiting to be discovered like the train cemetery .In open air big , strong behemoth of ...  more »
  • visit this spot before your salt lakes tour. a remarkable collection of a large variety of no longer used and scrapped steam locomotives.they range from Garrat types to US built Baldwin locos, somewha...  more »
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  • Like a madmax movie, this can be an exciting and sad experience combined. Definitely a place you must visit if you are ever in Uyuni, Bolivia 🇧🇴.
  • With a little more explanation and insight, perhaps the experience would have been more enjoyable. But the surrounding land is basically a dumping ground for locals and, in essence, it's the kind of place I'd have loved to smoke a joint at with a friend, frankly not somewhere to pay to visit.
  • Train cemetery is the first stop almost to every tours in Salar De Uyuni. Place is nice to see but doesn't offer to much.
  • Street art. Olds trains. Free.
  • NIce collection of old trains. Need to know a little more history. Was the end of a good trip through the area. One of the few things to see in this town, but we still found a few with a good taxi driver.

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Where to stay in Uyuni

Accommodations seem to occupy nearly every other building in Uyuni. Where you stay is of little importance, as the town can be traversed on foot in a matter of minutes. You won't find large luxury hotels here, but you can choose between a range of comfortable inns and guesthouses. Reserve your room in advance, as competition for good rooms can be stiff during high season.
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