Sailing on Lake Titicaca

Answers to your qestions about moving to, and living in, Peru,
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:32 am

Sailing on Lake Titicaca

Postby Eleanor » Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:07 pm

I've been involved for many years on the team that has restored this historic ship on Lake Titicaca, and I'm appealing to you now to help us in the final push to get her sailing. It's a great project, with a long-lasting ripple effect for Puno and the communities around the lake. Your contribution, no matter how small, will have an impact — and you get to benefit too!! (see below)


Travelling in Time On Board the Yavari
The ship is ready. Let’s set her sailing.

The Yavari is a 150-year-old, iron-hulled ship built during the Industrial Revolution in England and taken in kit form across the seas to the Peruvian coast. The pieces were then loaded on to the backs of mules and carried up the Andes to be reassembled on Lake Titicaca, the sacred lake of the Incas and the highest navigable waterway in the world. A combination of Peruvian vision and British engineering.

After many lives, the Yavari has been restored to its original glory. Wooden panels, brass fittings, and the oldest Bolinder 4-cylinder diesel engine in the world still in beautiful working order, with 21st century safety and navigation standards. It is also a registered museum ship, the first in Peru.

Now we need your help for the final boost to make this a living, self-sustainable tourism project.

Imágenes integradas 1


· We're a non-profit association headed by Meriel Larken, who rescued the Yavari in the early 1980s and has led the restoration of this historic vessel. We have been able to invest $300,000 over the past several years to restore the ship both historically and to meet today’s navigation safety standards.
· We are now very close to the finishing line. We seek to raise sufficient funds for the Yavari to have working capital for 6 months, after which the ship should be breaking even as a tourism product.
· Once we reach this breaking point, Lake Titicaca will be able to offer one very powerful reason for visitors to spend a little more time at this fascinating destination, while school children and the local community will have a platform on which to learn about their part of the world and its history. 

[size=150]What we need and what you get for your help[/size]

We need US$30,000 to maintain a crew of 7 people on board, all Navy-trained, including a captain, a second-in-charge, an engineer and 4 sailors; and basic equipment and supplies to keep every nook and cranny shipshape and the engine running smoothly.

[b][size=150]What you get from us:[/b][/size]
· For donations between $1 and $11: Our sincere thanks for your contribution, and a digital certificate by e-mail
· From $12 to $68: A full-length guided visit to the ship if you ever come to visit us, and a written certificate as well.
· From $69 to $499: You get to spend one night on board the ship, along with a maximum of 6 other friends, when you come to visit us.
· From $500 to $999: A cruise on Lake Titicaca to the Uros islands, regular visit and return to Puno, for you and 6 other friends, when you come visit us.
· From $1,000 to $1,999: A cruise on Lake Titicaca to the Uros islands, regular visit and return to Puno, for you and 12 other friends, when you come visit us.
· From $2,000 to $3,999: A cruise on Lake Titicaca to the Uros islands, regular visit and return to Puno, for you and 24 other friends, when you come visit us.
· $4,000 to $6,999: Unlimited one-year supply of basic experiences (museum visits and overnight stays) for you and 24 other friends.
· $7,000 to $9,999: Unlimited one-year supply of Lake cruises for you and 24 other friends
· $10,000 and up: Unlimited LIFETIME supply of all Yavari experiences for you.

Even the smallest contribution counts. If the goal is not reached we can still use whatever money we raise as working capital, even if only for a limited time.

In Peru, your gift can be made in US dollars through
BBVA Continental

​US$ Account No: 0011-0184-0200527269
Interbanking Code: 011 - 184 - 000200527269 - 91
Account Holder: Asociación Yavarí

​OR you can donate via PayPal:
Search for us as an organization, registered as [email protected] . Please indicate that you are making a donation.

In both cases, please send your voucher or advise us of your donation to [email protected] so that you can benefit from your contribution as one of our sponsors


· If this project succeeds, we'll be able to provide travelers with a memorable and entertaining way to learn about the history of Lake Titicaca, its environment, and its interaction with the world over the past 150 years.
· Once the ship becomes self-sustainable, it will provide a learning platform for schools and academia, a meeting point for the local population and an important landmark for the destination.
· The team behind the Yavari project has more than 100 years of experience leading projects that have helped thousands of tourists around the world learn and enjoy unique destinations.

[b]Risks and Challenges [/b]

· Our first step is to secure the well-being and involvement of the crew, because we believe it's the most powerful starting point for a project like this. Having the right people on board is crucial for success. 
· We've already been working with a handful of skilled local Puneños and a couple of great captains, and we trust with the correct funding we can secure them for the long term.

Other ways you can help

Just spread the word. The more people learn about this wonderful ship on Lake Titicaca, the better. Share this page with whoever you think has an interest in history, navigation, travel and discovery. Thanks a million.

For more details on the history of the Yavari, visit

Gold Member
Gold Member
Posts: 244
Joined: Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:39 pm

Re: Sailing on Lake Titicaca

Postby jumpinjack » Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:56 am

Sounds like fun. You say the ship is ready. How do we get there? Are there any nice accomdations and nice places to eat?
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:54 pm

Re: Sailing on Lake Titicaca

Postby elmermv » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:01 pm

hi to everybody,
Actually sailing in lake Titicaca is awesome but there are other options to like kayaking, this is even better. You can do sailing from Ticonata island to Amantani or Taquile, this will be very early the weather use to be cold. I did kayaking and it was awesome. I found the kayaking titicaca in here:
It looks expensive but actually worth it because its a private tour with guides and everything.
You can have a look and tell me if you found this useful or if you find another one. :mrgreen:

Return to “Expat Information”

Login  •  Register