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Bed & Breakfast on board!
October 2012 Celebrations were held on board for the 150th anniversary of the arrival at the Pacific coast port of Arica (which belong to Peru then), of the disassembled pieces of the Yavari and the Yapura. This year, several important maintenance tasks were completed, including the maintenance of the mooring buoys, and obtaining the mooring license certificate. In July, the British Ambassador to Lima, James Dauris, visited the ship.
May 2012 Miss Meriel Larken presented in London her book “The Ship, the Lady and the Lake”.
September 2011 President Ollanta Humala visited the Puno region and Lake Titicaca just two months after his inauguration.We presented him with a copy of the book on the ship’s history, and during a brief conversation the President congratulated the Captain Giselle Guldentops Benavides on the Yavari Association’s initiative to restore the historic vessel and open her to the public.
August 2011 We received a letter of intention from Empresa Ferroviaria Andina, based in Bolivia, in which the company expresses its interest to provide at cost services to undertake the metal-mechanic works on the board the ship, which are necessary to fit the ship for long-term passenger service. The work would be carried out at its shipyard at Huaqui, on Lake Titicaca.The letter of intention was ratified on July 2012
June 2011 Meriel Larken, founder of the Yavari Association, visited the ship to see the improvements made on board since her last visit, which include the new Bed & Breakfast installations and services, and additions and expansion to the museum area.
April 2011 José De La Jara has joined the ship’s crew as first mate, in a pro bono capacity. His experience is invaluable to the ship’s restoration process.
February 2011 Captain Guldentops travelled to Bolivia to assess the possibility of having structural restoration work carried out there.
October 2010 We completed the process of renewing and obtaining the endorsement of all the ship’s certificates, which are now up to date.
August 2010 The Yavari launched its Bed & Breakfast service, and now offers the incomparable opportunity of sleeping aboard this Victorian ship, transported piecemeal over the Andes to Lake Titicaca. The ship can accommodate seven guests in comfortable but narrow bunk beds (because they are authentic!), two bunks per cabin, and one single-bunk cabin. A unique adventure. Spending a night afloat on the magnificent Lake Titicaca is a unique experience, only available aboard the Yavari. The Yavari's hospitality is there for all to enjoy. Price: US$50 per person per night. Reservations online
2009 April - We were delighted that our Administrator, Giselle Guldentops, offered to take over from Captain Carlos as acting captain. She is the only Peruvian woman to hold a Master's Ticket and has already proved her proficiency.
2009 March - We were very sad to say goodbye to Captain Carlos Saavedra del Carpio. After 16 years dedicated to the Yavari he left to travel the Ancient World. During his captaincy he was responsible for the security and maintenance of the vessel, welfare of the crew and for entertaining many thousands of visitors. We owe him much for his significant contribution and wish him the very best on his travels.
2008 - Tourist numbers to Peru continued to grow, the beauty & interest of Lake Titicaca attracted ever more visitors and the Yavari enjoyed a constant stream of visitors several of whom declaring that their visit was a "highlight".
Meanwhile, talks with potential investors, technical inspections and VIP sailings continued. However, the Yavari's flag remains at full mast - and her welcome as warm as ever!