Rob Dover was not able to lead our 11 day tour, but Julio (Porras) was superb. Julio was raised in Piura and rejects his Spanish ancestry in favor of a Moche/Chimu persona. He is very passionate, knowledgeable and pleasent. He slept in Kuelap 10 nights and knows the whole archeological gang on the coast and highlands. All in all a 10!
S. Freidrich – Custom Tour including Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chachapoyas and Cajamarca (2015)
Thanks very much. We had a wonderful time. It was an amazing week. The archaeological sites were excellent and we had a great time on the trek to and from the farm house. The girls think they are world class horse riders, thanks to the calm horses and Susan and the two guys. Kentitambo was just amazing, it was such a great way to finish the week. Hegel was an excellent driver and Susan was a great guide, very knowledgeable and very patient with the kids.
S. McFadyen – Custom Tour based on Amazon to Andes (2015)
I just returned from a trip to Peru and thought the Chachapoyas region was incredibly interesting, filled with history, fascinating archeological sites and beautiful, awe-inspiring mountain scenery; it was the perfect antidote to the crush of tourists in Cusco and Machu Picchu. I was initially drawn to descriptions of magnificent Kuelap when planning my visit, (and indeed it is an amazing site) and found that there were many additional, interesting sights to see in the region. Our guide and driver was Vilaya’s owner. Rob had incredible knowledge of the region, its people, and the history. What we really appreciated was Rob’s ability to explain both the historical and present context of the region. Rob seems to have a great affinity with the local people and his heart and values are in the right place when it comes to economic and social justice. We visited: Gocta Falls, Karajia, Kuelap, Chachapoyas city and its food market, Ravash, and the Leymebamba Museum. Rob was very accommodating to our needs and stopped frequently during the long driving spells to allow us to snap photographs, stretch, or get a bite to eat. Overall, he went well above and beyond what we expected, and made a fantastic tour for us. The price was really very reasonable for the quality and personalized nature of the tour, especially in comparison with other providers. I can’t recommend Vilaya Tours enough.
R. Keller – 6 Day The Wonder of Gocta and Chachapoyas (2015)
I want to thank you for a most rewarding – if sometimes tiring – trip. Other than a few lapses in the weather – and one pisco sour – everything went smoothly and most agreeably. Thank you very much indeed for all your efforts in putting the tour together and running it. I am left with a much better feeling for the Chachapoya architecture and the cliff tombs, to say nothing of the design of the old churches. Whether my legs and lungs feel better for a good workout is a totally different matter!
J. Ingham – 11 Day Custom Tour (2015)
The Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club (England’s oldest regional mountaineering organisation, founded 1892) asked Vilaya Tours to arrange a bespoke trip matched to our interests. Rob provided full information ahead of the trip and answered queries promptly encouraging 11 members to join the two-week trip. All arrangements for transport, site guides, feeding, trekking support, accommodation ran smoothly and exceeded our expectations. All the trekking support staff were patient and helpful. The cost was very reasonable. One member changing their itinerary and another needing to leave early were rearrangements dealt with efficiently. We have no hesitation in encouraging others to visit this area’s fascinating and largely unspoiled remains… and to use Vilaya Tours to make their lives easier. They even arranged a full week of good weather for the trek though I can’t guarantee they will manage the same for you.
Michael Smith, Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club President 2014
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
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)
This was an enthralling trip, professionally organized and executed. Vilaya Tours are thoroughly recommended.
Brian Cushion – Vira Vira Special Adventure, 2005
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