Off the beaten tracks

A huge trend in travel right now is the notion of seeking out unique travel experiences, and there perhaps is no finer example of an unconventional tourist destination than the peculiar Cementerio de Trenes (Cemetery of Trains) located in the small Bolivian city of Uyuni.

The former transportation hub of the late 19th century was abandoned in the 1940s following a mining collapse, leaving behind a rusty legacy of countless ageing locomotives that now roast their cylinders and pistons in the hot Bolivian salt flats.

The site has since become the subject of fascination for a growing band of tourists who are not merely keen trainspotters, but those wanting to encounter the rugged terrains of South America with a quirky historical twist.

To heighten the haunting ambience and avoid the large tourist crowds, it is recommended to visit the graveyard in the evening or early morning.

The best part is this is one hidden gem you won’t need to scour for days with a treasure map to find — simply follow the deserted train tracks to the ghostly metallic necropolis.

All aboard!

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