Rob left his engineering position to work on an alpaca and llama farm in Ecuador in 1994. After a full year, he travelled and hiked in Peru. Deciding in 1997 he wanted one more trip to Peru, he went to work as a volunteer on a project in Chachapoyas. Eighteen years later he has hardly been back in the U.K. He has trekked extensively in the Chachapoyas area including a 21 day exploration in 2010 in the mountains to the east of the city, where he and his exploring partner documented various forgotten ancient settlements and burial grounds. In the off season he likes to have endless cups of tea and spend time with his partner Sadie and their dogs.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: Meeting a group from diverse backgrounds all with different points of view and takes on life of what makes the world tick. And let's face it - most of the Wild Frontiers travellers have been adventuring around the world for ages and there are some fantastic and sometimes crazy stories to hear.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: That is an easy one - Northern Peru. I like it so much it has become my home for more than 17 years.
Q: What was your biggest travel highlight?
A: Finding undocumented pictographs.
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn't travel without?
A: My E-Reader.
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: Eddie Izzard. Northern Peru archaeology is so much more than a “series of small walls”.
Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?
A: I am sure I have, but maybe Peruvians are so polite as not to point it out.