The Northern Peru Special Adventure is an excellent trip and the two weeks went far to quickly. Rob Dover knows the area like the back of his hand, he took us to some quite remote areas, as well as more well known places. We felt very privileged to explore Kuelap, Vira Vira and many other pre-Inca sites, which opened our eyes to the sophisticated, organised and disciplined cultures that had existed in Peru. Rob's well-rounded commentary, brought the places to life, and it made it easier to imagine what life was like, all those centuries ago. The seven day trek was a great adventure, with a caring and attentive support crew, great food and amazing scenery. The trip ended with two luxurious days relaxing in the Hotel Laguna Seca.
Meredith and David Parker - Northern Peru Special Adventure September 2011
“Mr. Robert Dover is an unassuming English scholar that taught our discerning and well traveled group not only about the Chachapoyas and their rich legacy, but also the flora, fauna, economy, history and culture of the high jungle Amazonas region of northern Perú.
Mr. Dover and his very safe driver, accompanied us on a 800 mile adventure that began in Chiclayo, across the mighty Marañon river to the Kuelap citadel and Leymebamba, ending in Cajamarca. We went from sea level to near thirteen thousand feet, and were received warmly in the quaint and comfortable inns along the route. Mr. Dover has made his home the spectacular Utcubamba River Valley and is well known and respected by all we met.
All look forward to returning and asking Mr. Dover to guide us to Laguna de los Condores and Gocta Falls.”
Leo S. - Custom Trip, 2010
“I think your tour was first class. Thank you for working with Mark to put this trip together for us. I wish we could have spent more time there”
Mark and Rae - Custom Trip, 2010
“Thanks for putting together a wonderful trip to your Northern Highlands for us. I truly consider the northern portion of our trip the highlight. It was fun to experience a part of the country that 99% of the tourists never see.
Scott Miller - Custom Trip, 2009
“Julian and I would like to thank you for being such an excellent guide. We really enjoyed our adventures in the North of Peru and felt that we learnt a lot about the history and culture of the area. We met lots of people on our travels, but none of them had been to the north, so we felt very special!”
Julian and Joy - Custom Trip, 2009
“Rob came up with a well-organized thoughtful itinerary that included time to really explore. Our guides were terrific --- and it was clear, everywhere we went, how well respected and well liked Rob and Vilaya Tours are. We had a great time.”
Susan Landau - Custom Trip, 2007
"Rob, we wanted to add our kudos to your impressive list on the website. You put together a magical trip for us."
Andy and Fran White - Customized Tour, 2007
“This is truly an adventure never to be forgotten. The support team was absolutely wonderful. I know everyone was a little misty when it came time to say goodbye in Cajamarca. I plan on coming back again, I've been spoiled.”
Rob Liebman - Sacred Mountain Adventure, 2001
"After my first trip back in 2001 I knew I needed to get back to Northern Peru and that Vilaya Tours was the only company I would trust to give me what I wanted. The only problem with this trip was now I have to find another excuse to get back to the area!"
Rob Liebman – Custom Trip, 2006
“I left Chachapoyas reluctantly, knowing I had only scratched the surface of this area, but with the thought that I would plan a return visit with Rob to show me the other fantastic sites.”
Emma Refuerzo - 8 day Chachapoyas Discovery, 2006
“Rob, thanks again for a truly inspirational week. What made it really special was the personal service I received with a much more sincere and personalised tour than I thought was possible in these days of mass tourism.”
Peter Helps – 5 Day Chachapoyas Discovery, 2006 (alternative itinerary)
“We highly recommend Rob and Vilaya Tours for any of the many adventures (soft to hard) they can arrange.”
Sabina and Werner Raab – 5 Day Chachapoyas Discovery, 2006 (alternative itinerary)
“This was an enthralling trip, professionally organized and executed. Vilaya Tours are thoroughly recommended.”
Brian Cushion – Vira Vira Special Adventure, 2005
“Thank you for the awesome experience...”
Elka Hsu- Laferl - Custom Trip, 2000
Jane Agg - Cities of the Condors, 2000
“I would recommend anyone visiting Peru to avoid the tourist traps of the southern gringo trail in favour of a trip with Vilaya Tours.”
Genevieve Thompson - Cities of the Condors, 1999