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The Southern Andes and Lake Titicaca Sights

El Yavari

  • Avenida Sesquicentenario 610 Map It
  • Sector Huaje
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Updated 09/15/2014

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The restored Victorian iron ship was built in Birmingham, England, in 1861. It was subcontracted by the Peruvian Navy to patrol the waters of Titicaca, so it was dismantled and its 2,766 pieces and two crankshafts were loaded onto a freighter and shipped to the Peruvian Port of Arica on the Pacific coast, which today belongs to Chile. Mules and porters carried the pieces 467km (290 miles) through the Andes Mountains to Puno. The journey took six years and it was Christmas Day 1870 before it was reassembled and launched on Lake Titicaca. Now a museum and bed-and-breakfast, it's docked at the end of a pier by the Sonesta Posada del Inca Hotel. After remaining idle for 40 years, the vessel took a trial run in 1999 after volunteers rebuilt its engine.

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Avenida Sesquicentenario 610, Puno, Peru

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  • Donation
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 09/15/2014


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