The train graveyard is exactly what it sounds like, a place for old broken trains. Which is actually quite sad when you hear the whole story. The once thriving town of Uyuni, had plans to be developed and grow its network of travel. However this was all cancelled and the steel trains were no longer needed. This really changed the future for the little town of Uyuni. The trains were left at the edge of the salt flats and quickly rusted. Turns out salt and steel don't mix well and the Train Graveyard was created!
I experienced this amazing site on my 3 day tour of the salt flats in Uyuni. It's one of the many abandoned places on this incredible earth. Sometimes these places are the most exciting because of the mystery and the unknown.
It seems strange to think that somewhere like Uyuni previously used to have a lot of infrastructure and planned to grow even more. Those of you who have visited it will know that it is quite solitary now, like an old western cowboy film that your dad would watch. It's still an amazing place to visit, don't get me wrong. But this was the vibe I got. You should all check it out for yourself.
However, these photos prove this place isn't just made interesting by the abandoned trains. The surroundings are breathtaking, there are mountains for miles and miles and as you start to drive on from the train, you will stop seeing mountains and start to enter the sheer vastness of the famous Salar de Uyuni. The largest salt flat on earth!
The easiest way to go to this unique site is on a tour of the Salar de Uyuni. This is just on the edge of the salt flat, so most tours tend to take you there before as a bit of a bonus. However do check your tour's itinerary as not all include this. Apart from that I think the only thing you need to know is to enjoy the old trains and be creative whilst taking some amazing pictures!
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