El Cementerio de Trenes | Bolivia

Our last stop before we reached the grand finale, the Salar de Uyuni, was the Cementerio de Trenes, or the train cemetery. To be honest, this was probably the thing on the trip that I was least excited about. I’m not…a boy…or mechanical engineer…or any other kind of human being that I’d assume actually cares about trains. So I wanted to stop, get it over with and move on to the main show.

However, once we were there I ended up really enjoying myself. It’s downright weird to see all these abandoned old trains laying around in the middle of nowhere.

And it turned out to be a pretty alright place for photos, so I had fun!

As you can see, the wreckage goes on for quit a ways. Johnny couldn’t explain how this place ended up like this. The trains used to transport things to and from the mines in the area, however, there’s no good explanation for why they started abandoning them here.

Our group had fun playing on the playground.

I didn’t try the train teeter totter, but I did test out the swings…slightly complicated by my hat over my eyes so I couldn’t see!

But I preferred climbing inside the trains and hiding, simply because it was warmer away from the wind in there!

If you can read that graffiti, it says in Spanish, “Needed: an experienced mechanic.”

Lots of lovers graffiti everywhere too. I don’t know why, it’s certainly not the most romantic spot I’ve ever visited :)

After the trains, we made our last stop at a little village selling artesania where I bought a hat and took photos of furry friends. Two of my favorite past-times — shopping and photographing doggies :) 

More in this series

A Trip Across the Bolivian Altiplano

Tierra Atacama

Dancing in the Streets (???) of Bolivia

Crossing the Border From Chile to Bolivia

El Altiplano de Bolivia | Day 1

El Altiplano de Bolivia | Day 2

El Altiplano de Bolivia | Day 3


  1. Akhila says:

    Wow, amazing photos as always and it looks like a fun, unique place!

  2. Lacey says:

    Love these! So cool!

  3. Ceri says:

    Gorgeous photos – Anything abandoned like this is always something I absolutely adore visiting! 😀

  4. Trains I get, but the swings seem really random to me!

  5. leigh says:

    Looks fascinating (and chilly)! What an exciting trip. I am neither a boy nor an engineer, but I’m hands-down obsessed with trains, so I probably would have suffered a gleeful heart attack on the spot. Do you think that as a photographer you could get permission to shoot in the old Maestranza San Eugenio before they get rid of it to make way for the new Metro line? The few pictures I’ve seen make it look amazing.

  6. mike says:

    I’m a preschool teacher by day, and some of my kids loooove trains : D

  7. Dennis Pike says:

    I am in love with that 2nd photo.

  8. Furio says:


    just stumbled upon your blog,

    me gustan los perritos : )

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