The Yavari ship was built in England in 1862, and delivered in pieces, by mule, to Lake Titicaca over two miles (3,810 meters) above sea level. After close to 100 years of faithful service, she was found slipping rapidly into decay. Now the ship has been restored, her engine is repaired and she waits to be fitted out as a Victorian cruise ship in order to sail once again.
The Yavari, as a State Registered Museum, is now berthed in Puno Bay, outside the Sonesta Posadas del Inca. A 40m pontoon gives access to the vessel either by land or by launch, and visitors are welcome. It is one of the most interesting attractions in Puno.