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 train Cemetery in Uyuni is a sample of the story that there is in place, and that remains alive in the culture of the people who live there. The various skeletons of locomotives and other equipment one day were used, at the height of the railway, illustrate the passage of time. Even in an environment so hostile, due to changes of temperature, sunshine and the inclement winds, a lot of stoppages there machines still have the drawing and the clear forms of its old components, showing how resilient these trains are steel. There is no penalty there that has been restored. It would be a great attraction.
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  • The train cemetery is a great place to visit. The trains are a lot of fun to clamber and climb on. Since it’s close to town, there are really a lot of people there, so it’s very busy.  more »
  • The scrap metal collectors were pretty diligent, benefiting not just the overall picture. Nevertheless, there are good Fotomöglichkleiten, if not exactly 20 cars have unloaded their passengers.
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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.
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  • 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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