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The Yavari - Historical Building Puno - Peru

The YavarĂ­ is a medium-sized, iron-hulled ship, one of two commissioned in 1861 by the Peruvian government. They were forged in England and then shipped to Peru. What happened next was a fascinating chapter in Peruvian history: The two ships had to be packaged in small enough bundles that could be carried by mules over stretches of barren highlands. Parts were lost, the government ran out of money and a series of calamities threatened to derail the project, but in the end the ships were built. The YavarĂ­ was christened in 1870, beginning more than a century of service. In the early years, fuel was so scarce that the ship was modified so that it could run on dried llama dung. Today the retired ship is a museum that displays maps, archives and other items of the period.


Moored north of downtown Puno, at Hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca (Sesquicentenario 610, Sector Huaje)

Puno, Peru

Historical Building

Getting There

Catch a “Sonesta” bus at the southeast corner of Avenida Titicaca and Jirón Tacna ($0.25). A taxi should cost $2.25, and a mototaxi $1.25.

Price Description:

Free admission and guided tour. Donations welcome.

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Daily 8:30 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 5 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Contact Information:
Phone: 369-329
E-mail: yavariguldentops(at)

Here are other activities in and around Puno that may be of interest: Catedral de Puno, Casa del Corregidor, Arco Deustua Memorial and Iglesia San Juan Bautista.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
12 Jun 2012

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