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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  • August 15, 2017
    We did a tour in Uyuni Salt flat of those days, on the first day we came after a 5-minute drive here. Required 30-minute stop. Too bad it was so busy, all tours start at the same time, and they stop so all at the same time here. I did have it, not necessarily to see video if you stop there.. So we made some pictures. As for me not very special.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Very disappointing place: locomotives and wagons lined up in the middle of nowhere, without any explanation and surrounded by garbage. If you are not a fan of trains, avoid it (and if're you, also). No surveillance or security and someday with both oxidized iron, will end up injured someone...
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  • August 12, 2017
    Pretty cool for a scenario and take pictures the will. Was dumped here by the Chile invade here and disable use of the railroad to the sea kkk was tragic.
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  • July 24, 2017
    A must visit place if you are in Uyuni. This visit was a very memorable experience. I had luck and could enjoy the special atmosphere these old rusted trains create with a very beautiful sunset. The only drawback is the waste which surrounds the area.
  • June 6, 2017
    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 🇧🇴.
  • January 16, 2017
    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.
  • March 24, 2017
    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.
  • July 14, 2017
    No words, just watch pictures

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