Photography: Train Cemetery in Uyuni, Bolivia.

23 Apr


It’s said to be gateway for tourists visiting the world’s largest salt flats, the nearby Uyuni salt flat.



Founded in 1890 as a trading post, the town has a population of 10,460 (2012). The town has an extensive street-market. It lies at the edge of an extensive plain at an elevation of 3,700 m (12,139 ft) above sea level, with more mountainous country to the east.




The city also acts as a gateway for commerce and traffic crossing into and out of Bolivia from and to Chile. One of the main attraction, and in our case, for 2 visiting families, with 7 kids, ages ranging from 3 to 12 years old, is the Train Cemetery. 😮



The so-called ‘train graveyard’ is located 3 km outside Uyuni and is connected to it by the old train tracks. The town served in the past as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports.



The train lines were built by British engineers who arrived near the end of the 19th century and formed a sizable community in Uyuni.



The rail construction started in 1888 and ended in 1892. It was encouraged by the then Bolivian President Aniceto Arce, who believed Bolivia would flourish with a good transport system, but it was also constantly sabotaged by the local indigenous people who saw it as an intrusion into their lives. The trains were mostly used by the mining companies. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed, partly due to the mineral depletion. Many trains were abandoned thereby producing the train cemetery.




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9 responses to “Photography: Train Cemetery in Uyuni, Bolivia.

  1. Tanveer Rauf

    May 10, 2014 at 10:46 am



  2. Trilingual Mama

    April 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I am just loving your posts and beautiful photography! Magical!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 26, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you! Thank you! You just gave me a great reason to prepare new blogposts for this coming week! 😮


  3. MS

    April 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I think the kids enjoyed the visit so much..
    and you too had the chance to make such wonderful photos,


  4. Lucid Gypsy

    April 24, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Places like that make great photography!


  5. declued

    April 24, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Those photos are all so lovely! I have never been there before, but from your descriptions and photos, that sounds like it must have been such a nice trip. 🙂


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      April 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

      It was a very nice trip, indeed! Kids totally loved it… they even played some type of “Jesse James’ plot, trying to ‘rob’ the trains! 😮 Thank you for stopping by, Declued!



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