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Address: Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru
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A page of history

For about a $4 taxi ride from the main square, this boat is worth a visit. Its history itself is fascinating, carried to lake Titicaca from England, by boat, train and mule. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

For about a $4 taxi ride from the main square, this boat is worth a visit. Its history itself is fascinating, carried to lake Titicaca from England, by boat, train and mule. The boat is almost completly restored and is used as a bed & breakfast, but should start to cruise again in the summer of 2015, if everything goes... More 

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This small ship is being restored and looks amazing! The tour was excellent, the work on the ship is remarkable when you consider the age and how it was dismantled and re-assembled after being carried by 1000 porters and 300 mules over the Andes to Lake Titicaca. A must see when in Puno!

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Owermoigne Dorset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This ship has a fascinating history, carried in parts by mule then assembled at the lake. Ru n by volunteers, you can make a donation after your tour it is worth going if you have time in Puno.

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Hayle, United Kingdom
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357 helpful votes 357 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Certainly if staying at the hotel you should go see this lovely old ship built in the UK and shipped in pieces to the lake. Originally a gun boat but the guns never made it so was extended and turned into a cargo vessel. Must be unique so go see.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Yavari is a ship commissioned (along with her sister ship Yapura) by the Peruvian government in 1861 for use on Lake Titicaca. She is named after the Javary River in the Loreto Region of Peru, In 1862 Thames Ironworks on the River Thames built the iron-hulled Yavari and Yapura under contract to the James Watt Foundry of Birmingham. The ships... More 

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Iquitos, Peru
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I met the captain at my coffee shop "Blackcoffee"and she invited me out to see her boat. I worked on old boats on the B.C. coast so it was interesting for me to get a tour of this one

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Sydney, Australia
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Despite my lack of real interest in ships, I found this visit very interesting – mainly due to our guide. He spoke excellent English, was very knowledgeable about the Yavari and had lots of amusing stories about life in Peru. Entry to the Yavari is technically free, but there is a suggested donation of 10USD (which we were happy to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We were intrigued to visit this site having heard about it on BBC radio 4 and had an hour to spare in Puno. The engineer showed us around with great enthusiasm as he has obviously spent many years working on it. The B&B looked worth a visit too. Donation suggested but not enforced.

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legermireille
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is an extremely interesting place to pass just one or two hours. We were able to see almost the whole boat, barely no limits! Very knowledgeable guide (engine engineer). The is no fee but a donation box with a suggested 10 - 20 USD contribution is at the exit.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This boat restoration is a labor of love. We grabbed a taxi here after our Uros Island visit. The supervisor stopped her work to give us a guided tour. The boat is a gem of polished wood and brass. It has such a fascinating history. 10 soles donation is suggested.

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