I used to learn that ranking itself doesn't mean anything on TA. Reviewers with only 1 or 2 reviews might not represent independent opinion. I have recognized that majority of the comments fall under this category however I was so excited to meet local farmers and learn more about Chicha making process and cuy breeding off the beaten path that I made an exception here. It proved to be a big mistake.
I sent an email prior to our visit. I received very soon a detailed answer describing activities included in different length tours and prices which made me think that they are - surprisingly -professionals. We opted to take the whole day tour even if it's definitely overpriced. We thought that paying 100 US$ is a good way of supporting locals.
A traditional lunch, pick-up at our hotel and an English speaking guide said to be also included in the price.
We were a bit surprised when a Spanish speaking lady arrived (late) to our lodge and we started our trip on foot to Media Luna Center waving for collectivos on the side of the main road...Ok, we are in Peru this is part of the adventure.
Next surprise when the lady insisted on to pay the ride for ourselves. Come on! 100 US$ fee isn’t enough to cover a few soles ride? It's ridiculous.
Then it turned out at the center that no English speaking guide will be provided for the tour. By a lucky chance our tour mate spoke English very well and willingly translated to us.
Ok, not exactly what we expected but considering circumstances it will comply. Remember, we are in Peru.
Our first stop was on the other side of the road. We entered into a mangy stinking courtyard covered with animal dirt. In addition some obviously ill animals were rambling around.
I could't think anything else but the infection we might get there. Then a very old man started to make a presentation on herbs displayed on a table. I understand what working on the fields means though this old man was stinking also. Both his body and his cloth was very dirty. I have never seen such disgusting nails before...
At this point we felt completely fed up with the whole experience but we thought this wasn't this poor old man's fault so we decided to show respect at least to his age and listened to his performance patiently which seemed to be at least partially informative however I'm not sure if it's owing to him or the interpreter. I definitely disliked those parts when I had to smell the herbs and catch a closer glance on his nails...
After this shocking experience we kindly asked our tour mates to come back to the center with us and tell them that we are leaving as this tour is far far away what we were expecting for our money (fortunately no advance payment made). Honestly we wouldn't stay even for free...
So we were let to go away and found our way back to our lodge on our own. Best part of the tour....
Arriving back to our lodge we learnt from our hosts that this tour used to be a well-organized and interesting activity but the Canadian manager who ran this place left a year ago.
I have no idea if the locals remain there intending to rip you off or it is just simply the lack of basic information on how to run a business. Especially a highly priced one. But it's a shame that an excellent idea like this realized in such a poor way.
I hope they implement a few changes to improve their service that this activity might become even a top attraction in the region.
Anyway I do not recommend the visit at present.
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