Vilaya Tours started operating in the Chachapoyas area in 1998. In those days Chachapoyas was visited by few travelers and Vilaya Tours has been a leading pioneer in developing and promoting the area and Northern Peru.
We are passionate about sustainable tourism and over the years we have supported various projects in the Chachapoyas area including two archaeological digs (Purumllacta) and a bird survey in the Leymebamba area.
We have a simple philosophy that when you travel with us “it is your tour not ours.” We don’t push you to do what we want just to get the tour finished. We make the days suit you to make sure you get the most out of a visit to the Chachapoyas area.
Vilaya Tours is recommended by the Footprint Peru Handbook, Lonely Planet, Moon Guides and Backpacking in Peru and Bolivia.
Jose Llaja was born and bred in Chachapoyas and considers himself a descendant of the Chachapoya. He did a stint of 2 years in the army after leaving school. Since then after many different jobs he has found a passion in guiding tourists throughout the Chachapoyas area.
Rob Dover the founder of Vilaya Tours has always been passionate about mountains. From his roots in England's Lake District where he hiked and climbed, he first came to the Andes in 1994 where he worked on an alpaca and llama farm in Ecuador for a year and later came to Peru. Rob first arrived Chachapoyas in 1997 to work on a voluntary project and decided to stay.
He returned briefly to England and trained in British (Summer) Mountain Leadership. He is one of the founders of the Amazonas Guides and the Amazonas Tour Operators Associations. He now lives permanently in Chachapoyas. In 2010 Rob with his exploring companion Nick Fletcher made an unsupported 3 week expedition to try and ascertain the north-eastern frontier of the Chachapoya culture.