This is such a difficult review to write as I wish we could share the same experiences of previous reviewers, but we can't. We booked the Wasipunko around 6 months in advance and had contact with Alan who I understand is one of the son's. Contact by email was prompt, in English and he confirmed the rate of 150 Soles a night for the two of us, including breakfast, transfer in and out (arriving and leaving on Cruz del Sur) and also asked if we would like dinner, which we requested at a cost of 35 Soles each. Based on the reviews, particulaly about the good food and the location being quite isolated we were happy to eat at Wasipunko.
After booking, we had contact with Edmundo via email, Alan's brother who had a travel agency to help with booking our Nazca flights and also a trip to Chauchilla, however less than a week before we were due to arrive, at which point we were already in Peru with sporadic internet, he emailed asking for a deposit so we ended up declining the tour options and said we'd sort something out when we arrived in Nazca.
Arriving into Nazca Cruz del Sur we were greeted by Julianne (apologies if the spelling of the name is not correct) who is such a sweet person, 21 years old and did her best to communicate with us in English and with the help of Google translate on her phone! I admit we speak hardly no Spanish and accept that this does make things difficult but we got by in three weeks in Peru.
Upon arrival into Wasipunko via a taxi with Julianne and asked for 15 Soles when the transfer was suppose to be included, which we ended up paying as we were all stood there whilst the taxi was waiting for money. We were shown to our room which was nice as it was just past 7am. The place is nice and this is probably the saving grace, the rooms authentic and it was nice seeing the animals, peacocks roaming and doves. A farm in the desert and was exactly how we expected.
Julianne asked if we wanted to book any tours by Julianne and we opted for the Nazca lines at $100 USD each and Chauchilla which also included a visit to see pottery and how gold was mined for 60 soles. Julianne accompanied to the airport for our flight which was with Air Travel Nazca where she waited with us until we had a flight time then advised us a guide would be taking us to Chauchilla after our flight. She then left and indeed after our flight a guide was waiting for us who took us to Chauchilla where we had to pay our own entry of 8 soles each which I am not sure is normal. Our guide was OK, spoke English but it was a very quick visit, about 25 minutes and for the last 3 graves he left us and went to get the car. He did explain things and ask 'any questions' but it just felt a bit boring and slightly rushed, like he was going through the motions. He then said he was dropping us in Nazca to meet Julianne where we were going to see how pottery was made. This was a 15 minute visit maximum and feeling slightly under pressure to buy pottery with an average price of 200 soles, but we didn't. Next Julianne walked us across the road to someone's yard where an elderly woman wheeled out her husband in a wheelchair who then explained using some metal toy props how gold and minerals was mined for whilst his wife was in the background doing some kind of miming. They then ask for a donation and encourage you to buy jewellery, which is not authentic and we saw in many a gift shop in Nazca. This was another 15 minute visit maximum. Another taxi with Julianne to go to 'the agency' to pay the money for our tour then she put us in a taxi to go back to Wasipunko. To be honest we felt a bit ripped off and wished we'd of just booked the taxi's ourselves, I'm not sure what we actually paid for! The agency was Kanan Tours. During our time with Julianne we confirmed with her we were eating at Wasipunko and asked the time of dinner and what was on the menu, to be told 7pm at chicken.
Back was Wasipunko we chilled out and wandered round the farm. We didn't actually see anyone and it would have been nice to have felt a bit more like guests.
At 7pm we left our room and saw two women at 'Reception' so went to ask about dinner and offered to pay for the dinner and room then rather than in the morning. It all got very confusing but what was clear was that we were not expected for dinner, despite our email communication with Alan and conversation with Julianne. The lady got Alan on the phone. He was misunderstanding us that we had no money and it took quite some time before we understood one another.
Dinner, at 35 Soles was so disappointing. It was the most expensive meal in Peru. Perhaps it was that we were the only guests or that they had not expected us, but it consisted of soup, which tasted tinned, chicken in some kind of sauce, one potato each and some boiled rice and desert was a sliced banana each in some kind of alcohol. The main meal was nice, but what about fresh vegetables, home made dinner, this is what we were after.
Breakdast was also disappointing. We found a jug of juice, kettle of coffee and hot water and a basket of packaged buns with a plate of butter and jam. There are dozens of chickens in the place, what about eggs, cereal, cheese or fruit. It was laughable that this could be classed as breakfast.
They did get us a transfer to Cruz del Sur and at least we didn't have to pay for it this time. In our three weeks of travel in Peru this was the only place we were disappointed with and was probably one of the most expensive places too. I don't know if it was our lack of Spanish, that we were English or that we were the only guests but I wish we could have been more positive.
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