I booked a night at this b&b based on reviews I read on Tripadvisor. My friend and I came to Puno at the end of our Peru trip. I wanted to try something different for the experience. We took the day long tour bus from Cusco to Puno and arrive around 6pm. From what we could tell, Puno itself was a bit messy and noisy. Since we had a full day of Lake Titicaca tour the next morning, we decided to skip exploring the town at night and stay at the ship.
When we arrived, we were greeted by an employee on the ship, whom did not speak any English. Trust me, I'm not one of those "everyone has to speak english" type of traveler. I guess we were accustomed to communicating in English our entire trip, we were not prepared. The only thing we could understand was that the owner/manager of the ship was away in Lima. The entire situation was very laid back, and we got to explore the ship on our own.
When it came to dinner time, it was clear that the boy would be no help. So we decided to do the easiest...which was to eat at the upscale tourist hotel right by the boat. We ended up hanging out in their bar for several hours. After we returned to the boat, we were fast alseep in no time. It was very cool to sleep looking out the ship window at Lake Titicaca, and the bed was probably the warmest and most comfortable of the entire trip.
Now, here is my biggest problem of my stay. I was very looking forward to a nice shower in the morning before my day long tour and all night bus back to Cusco. When I woke up in the morning, the boy employee was still asleep in his cabin. I for the life of me, could not figure out how to get the shower to work. There was a water heater but no hot water came of it. I got so frustrated from standing naked in the cold bathroom, I eventually gave up. Now, I realize I am on a boat, and the amenities can not be the same as a hotel on land. I just wish there was a little more help from the "staff" than what was available. This was the most expensive place we stayed during the entire trip, yet I couldn't take a shower at all.
After we were ready to leave, a nice Peruvian lady showed up and made us breakfast. She was very sweet and spoke very nice english. She ended up showing us around the boat in daylight, which we enjoyed.
Overall it was a nice and pleasant experience. I don't have a problem roughing it, but I guess I expected to have more of a staff support than what we received.
If you just want to stay somewhere interesting and not care about the extra little things, then this will be great for you. If not, just take a tour of the boat and stay at the hotel next to the boat. They make a great vegetarian pasta!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you stay aboard the Yavari, built in 1862, you will enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience, and also contribute to the continuing conservation and maintenance of a part of Peru's history and heritage ... more less