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Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes) Tours

Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes)
At the Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes) on the outskirts of Uyuni, hollowed out locomotive shells from Bolivia’s Gilded Age sit out in the open, many heavily corroded from the salt of the nearby Salar de Uyuni—the world’s largest salt flat. The train bodies are climbable, and one has even been converted into a swing.

The Basics

In the 19th century, Uyuni was an important transportation hub with plans for expanding Bolivia’s existing rail network. When the mining industry collapsed in the 1940s, numerous steam trains and rail equipment were abandoned, leading to the creation of the Train Cemetery. Today, this open-air museum of graffiti-covered, rusted-out railway cars scattered haphazardly around the desert adds to the surreal landscape of the Salar.

Nearly all tours of the Uyuni Salt Flats from Uyuni and La Paz include a visit to the Train Cemetery as well as round-trip transportation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Train Cemetery is a must for railfans and first-time visitors to the Salar.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, suitable for climbing on and off the trains.
  • Bring sun protection and plenty of water, as there is little shade.
  • At 11,995 feet (3,656 meters) above sea level, the altitude can be a problem for many people. Take it easy until you’re properly acclimated.

How to Get There

There are several ways to reach the Train Cemetery, located 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) outside of Uyuni. Most visitors arrive as part of a salt flats tour, but you can also walk from the city center or take a taxi.

When to Get There

You can visit the Train Cemetery year-round. The best time to go is in the early morning or late afternoon, when the tour groups either haven’t arrived yet or are already long gone. The best time to travel in Bolivia is during the winter dry season, from May to October.

Uyuni Salt Flats

The town of Uyuni, in southwest Bolivia, is the most popular jumping-off point for tours to the largest salt flat on earth. You can choose between day trips and multi-day tours of the Salar that include the Train Cemetery, Incahuasi Island, and the Tunupa Volcano. The vast salt plain is home to geysers, hot springs, high plateau mountains, and multicolored lagoons filled with flamingos.
Address: Uyuni, Bolivia
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Uyuni Salt Flats: Full Day Shared Tour with english speaking guide

Uyuni Salt Flats: Full Day Shared Tour with english speaking guide

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Explore the Salar de Uyuni in the comfort of a 4WD vehicle on a full-day tour that features Uyuni highlights, from the train cemetery to Incahuasi Island. A later morning departure is timed so you’ll still be out on the Salar de Uyuni at the most dramatic time of day: Sip a glass of included wine as the sunset transforms the pale landscape.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$162.00
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Salar de Uyuni tours 3 days private with Tayka hotels

Salar de Uyuni tours 3 days private with Tayka hotels

Visit the magical Salar de Uyuni, magical lagoons, incredible deserts as well as many other tourist attractions. We assure you an unforgettable tours through beautiful landscapes, an unforgettable experience
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  • 3 days
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US$1,461.00
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Salar de Uyuni private tours 1 day

Salar de Uyuni private tours 1 day

We sell an unforgettable experience, get to know the majestic salt flat of Uyuni, in addition to the additional attractions of this region, we invite you to live not only a walk but an unforgettable experience.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$264.00
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US$264.00
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Uyuni Salt Flats (Day Tour) - English Speaking Guide

Uyuni Salt Flats (Day Tour) - English Speaking Guide

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Our standard plus 1-day salt flats tour is with a maximum of 6 people to a vehicle and a Spanish-speaking guide. Classic 1-day salt flats tour for the budget backpacker - extremely popular tour leaving daily from Uyuni. A unique place in the world and a must on any trip to Bolivia. This is the best option if you are traveling on a budget but don't want to miss out on this amazing experience.
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  • 7 hours
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US$89.36
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Salar de Uyuni and colored lagoons tours 3 days

Salar de Uyuni and colored lagoons tours 3 days

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Visit the magical Salar de Uyuni, magical lagoons, incredible deserts and many other tourist attractions. We assure you an unforgettable tours through beautiful landscapes, an unforgettable experience
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  • 3 days
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US$225.00
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Sunset and Stargazing at Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes) from Uyuni

Sunset and Stargazing at Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes) from Uyuni

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Experience the surreal landscapes of the Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes) at sunset on an evening tour from Uyuni. In a small group limited to 12, you’ll watch the sun set over the rusted bodies of steam trains while enjoying a glass of wine. Once the sun has set, spend the evening gazing at the crystal-clear stars and galaxies that decorate the desert sky. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$51.29
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Private visit to the train cemetery from Uyuni

Private visit to the train cemetery from Uyuni

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Explore Uyuni’s antique train cemetery on this atmospheric guided excursion. Enjoy flexible timing and select a tour time that best suits your schedule. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by private vehicle to the graveyard nearly two miles (three kilometers) outside Uyuni. Learn about the 19th-century railcars there, which were built to transport minerals to the Pacific, and capture memorable photos of these industrial relics.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$10.26
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Private Salt Flat Full-Day Tour Including The Cemetery of Trains and Lunch from Uyuni

Private Salt Flat Full-Day Tour Including The Cemetery of Trains and Lunch from Uyuni

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Opt for a personalized experience of the Salar de Uyuni, undoubtedly Bolivia’s most popular natural attraction, on a private day trip from Uyuni. With just your guide and party, you’ll travel to the salt flats with ease, and stop to see the Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes) and Fish Island (Incahuasi Island) to break up the journey. Plus, lunch and round-trip hotel transfers are included for a seamless experience.
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  • 8 hours
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US$304.98
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Tour Salar de Uyuni 1 day + Visit Salar de Uyuni (Private Service)

Tour Salar de Uyuni 1 day + Visit Salar de Uyuni (Private Service)

We will start with the pick up of your hotel in the town of Uyuni (time: 10:30). - First point of visit will be the cemetery of trains and colchani where we can buy some souvenirs made of salt. - Then we will visit the salt eyes, monument of the Dakar and the first salt hotel where we will have our lunch. - After our lunch we will visit the island of Incahuasi where we can appreciate the huge cactus and a 360 view of the Salar de Uyuni. - On the esplanade of Uyuni we will have free time to take the photographs in perspective. - We will wait for the sunset at the Salar de Uyuni. We will return to the town of Uyuni, approximate arrival time 20:00 hrs
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  • 9 hours
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US$307.70
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3-Day Salar de Uyuni and Bolivian Desert Adventure from Uyuni

3-Day Salar de Uyuni and Bolivian Desert Adventure from Uyuni

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Guaranteed to delight lovers of the outdoors, this 3-day tour of Salar de Uyuni showcases the natural wonders of Bolivia’s desert. Traveling by 4x4, you’ll take mind-boggling photographs on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, visit the train graveyard of Colchani, see rock formations that inspired the paintings of Salvador Dali and marvel at the vivid red lagoon within Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. All meals and accommodation are included.
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  • 3 days
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US$327.00
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3-Day Uyuni Salt Flat Adventure to San Pedro de Atacama

3-Day Uyuni Salt Flat Adventure to San Pedro de Atacama

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Explore the Uyuni Salt Flat during this 3-day adventure in a 4x4 vehicle, departing from Uyuni and ending in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Accommodations, meals per itinerary, and transportation included.
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  • 3 days
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US$345.00
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Salar de Uyuni tours (1 day)

Salar de Uyuni tours (1 day)

We sell an unforgettable experience, get to know the majestic salt flat of Uyuni, in addition to the additional attractions of this region, we invite you to live not only a walk but an unforgettable experience.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$66.00
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Salar de Uyuni private tours 3 days

Salar de Uyuni private tours 3 days

Visit the magical Salar de Uyuni, magical lagoons, incredible deserts and many other tourist attractions. We assure you an unforgettable tours through beautiful landscapes, an unforgettable experience.
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Salar de Uyuni private tours 2 days

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Visit the magical Salar de Uyuni, minor lagoons, incredible rock formations. We assure you an unforgettable tours through beautiful landscapes, an unforgettable experience
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  • 2 days
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Volcano Tunupa & Uyuni Salt flat, 2 days excursion.

Volcano Tunupa & Uyuni Salt flat, 2 days excursion.

Climb the spectacular Tunupa Volcano on an overnight Uyuni tour that includes the salt-processing plant, Train Cemetery, and a cave where mysterious mummies were discovered. You’ll cover key sites in the Salar de Uyuni, then leave the crowds behind as you hike to the 17,457-ft. (5,321-mt.) summit of Tunupa Volcano, where you’ll have spectacular views across the high-altitude landscape.
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  • 2 days
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US$454.00
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Private Day Trip Salar de Uyuni

Private Day Trip Salar de Uyuni

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Experience the otherworldly beauty of the world’s largest salt flats on this private full-day tour of Salar de Uyuni. Marvel over the startling scenery of the Great Salt Lake and Tunupa volcano; walk beneath the gigantic cacti of Incahuasi Island, then take a peek into a salt processing plant and watch a salt extraction demonstration. Finally, witness the mesmerizing sunset over the stark white landscape.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$198.00
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Private Cultural Tour: Uyuni Salt Flats includes grazing of llamas

Private Cultural Tour: Uyuni Salt Flats includes grazing of llamas

Visit the world's largest salt flat in one day on a personalized excursion from Uyuni. Travel in a comfortable private vehicle and take in spectacular views of the Salar de Uyuni with stops at the old train cemetery, an artisan village, and a salt processing plant. Observe llamas grazing in the village of Tahua, take perspective photos at Incahuasi Island, and end the day with a special toast while watching the sunset.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$246.16
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US$246.16
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Salar de Uyuni tours 1 day

Salar de Uyuni tours 1 day

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We sell an unforgettable experience, to know the majestic Salar de Uyuni, in addition to the additional attractions of this region, we invite you to live not only a walk but an unforgettable experience.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69.00
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US$69.00

1 Day, privet tour.

1 Day, privet tour.

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Enhance your experience of the world’s largest salt flat on a private full-day tour of Salar de Uyuni from Uyuni. In addition to the Salar de Uyuni, you’ll visit unique attractions such as Cementerio de Trenes — home to rusted and abandoned steam trains — and the Tunupa volcano. Admire diverse flora and fauna at Inka Wasi mountain, browse the funeral pots of Chantani’s outdoor museum and conclude your tour by watching a magnificent sunset at the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. On this private tour, you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide.  
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$370.00
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US$370.00

Semi-Private: 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Colored Lagoons w/ Private Hotel

Semi-Private: 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Colored Lagoons w/ Private Hotel

Enjoy a 3-day tour of the Uyuni salt flats and colored lagoons, in semi-private service in a 4x4 mobility, with hotels of superior category. Enjoy the salar de Uyuni and its charms, with a professional service....
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$665.65
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Private Day Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats and Pulacayo old Mines

Private Day Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats and Pulacayo old Mines

Discover the magnificent Salar de Uyuni on a private tour of the Train Cemetery, Pulacayo, Colchani, and Incahuasi Island. Traveling across the Salar de Uyuni with a private driver means you won’t have to crowd into a shared vehicle, and you’ll have the flexibility to enjoy each stop at your own pace, whether you're snapping photographs, exploring, or simply taking in the surreal landscape.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$245.00
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Private Volcano Tunupa and Uyuni Salt Flats Full-Day Tour from Uyuni

Private Volcano Tunupa and Uyuni Salt Flats Full-Day Tour from Uyuni

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Marvel at two of Bolivia’s natural wonders on a full-day trip to Salar de Uyuni and the Tunupa Volcano from Uyuni. In a small group limited to 12, you’ll visit the Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes) and explore the surreal landscapes of Salar de Uyuni in a 4x4 vehicle. See, too, the Tunupa Volcano—home to the Cave of the Mummies and surrounded by icy blue lagoons. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$245.39
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Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day

Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day

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Start your tour leaving Uyuni town for Uyuni Salt Flats (full day trip Trip) at 11:00 a.m. with a visit to Uyuni’s ‘train graveyard’ to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners´ workshops), see handicrafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt. Then, visit “Ojos de Agua Salada” and a hotel made completely of salt which is currently used as museum. Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cactii and rock formations made of petrified coral. Take time to organize your group for fun perspective and proportion-distorted photos on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. Then, head to a spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71.80
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US$71.80

Uyuni Salt - 1 day Excursion and Guide in English

Uyuni Salt - 1 day Excursion and Guide in English

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Be captivated by one of the most beautiful landscapes in Bolivia: the Uyuni salt flats. Can you imagine walking through the largest salt desert in the world? You will see the sunset in a magical place. Essential!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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