It is easy to slip past Puno on the way to Bolivia, the Uros Islands and the other, more conventional, islands situated in Lake Titicaca. If you do stop there though it is worth spending a little time investigating the story of the SS Yavari.
Built on the Thames in 1861 the steamship was cut into 2,766 pieces. It took six years for the ship to be transported by mule across the mountains to the lake where it was reassembled and put into service two miles above sea level.
After nearly one hundred years service the ship fell into disrepair until rescued and restored by the Yavari Project. Today the ship is a museum and can be visited daily between 8am and 5pm.
To learn more visit www.yavari.org.