CEMENTERIO DE TRENES: train cemetery in Bolivia

CEMENTERIO DE TRENES: train cemetery in Bolivia

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ANTIQUE TRAIN CEMETERY

WHERE IS THIS?

Did you know train cemeteries actually exist? Yes! They do! And you can find this amazing spectacle in Uyuni, Bolivia. Uyuni is more famously known for having the world’s largest salt flat that’s used for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites.

WHAT WILL YOU FIND?

But another local highlight you’ll find is the Cemeterio De Trenes, the antique train cemetery. Check this out, among these rusted hollowed skeletons, you’ll find antique trains that were imported from Britain and date back as far as the early 20th century. No big deal, just some history casually scattered on the ground awaiting your amazement, that’s all.

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HERE’S HOW THEY
GOT THERE

Back in the day, Uyuni was a  transportation junction connecting important cities to the region. The rails were constructed by British engineers way back in the 19th century. The town was a distribution hub for trains carrying minerals on their way to the pacific. When an effort was made to expand the transportation system, furious local indigenous people continually sabotaged the project. To top things off, mineries had to shut down because of mineral depletion in the area. So everyone abandoned their trains and took off, thereby creating the train cemetery.

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Photo by Robert Cutts via Flickr.

A PICTURE PERFECT
PLAYGROUND

So now we have a deserted playground to climb rusted antique trains and take pictures. Aside from the historical coolness, it’s an opportunity for our spirits to play, wander, and explore. There’s something about moments like this that remind us of our childhood sense of awe and reignite our spirits.

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GO FIND IT!

Cemeterio De Trenes, Train Cemetery
Uyuni, Bolivia
Located about 2 miles outside the town

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