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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  • When speaking of cemetery railway on a salar... I think that you generate me a great expectation... arriving I found with the trains of the year 1800 more or less much data we had... but hey is a forced step road salting it.
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  • In the middle of the desert of uyuni desert suddenly encounter resulting in a different cemetery. Will feel eternity Issızlığı and your bones. Transfer of underground resources by the Spaniards, the place is used to exchange among countries and dysfunctional, the fate of abandoned train cars on display of a field. It's a strange place to take beautiful photo frames. One must be careful against a rusty iron.
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  • Is cool, but there's not much, is part of the tour to the Salar de Uyunni and are basically abandoned and old trains.
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  • This place is more or less a playground for adults. You can easily spend an hour or more here walking around and climbing the old trains. Impressive though, that there are so many trains. It's really a cemetery and definitely worth a visit. Not that far away so you can visit it from Uyuni. However it's included in most of the tours to the Salar de Uyuni.
  • I had the pleasure of going on a Quechua Connection 4WD tour and seeing this amazing location. The history behind the trains is well worth knowing and makes Bolivia all the more interesting. The best part of the experience is you can climb up the trains and take all sorts of pictures! Amazing fun.
  • 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.
  • Great place, but 10 minutes are completely enough.
  • 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.

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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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