Lisbon-based Correia got his start as a tour guide — an experience that influences his work as a travel advisor today. Thanks to his connections on the ground, past clients have experienced major sites like the Pena Palace after hours, visited top vineyards escorted by some of the biggest figures in the Portuguese winemaking world, and paired archaeological site visits with riverside picnics in the company of the researchers themselves. With Portugal’s continued rise in popularity, Correia’s noticed a push for ever more adventurous experiences in the country. “People are much more eager to engage in nature-related and outdoor activities than before,” says Correia. “The number of hikers, bikers, and surfers has been on the rise.” Working primarily with independent Portuguese businesses — such as a boutique rental car agency, a family-run hiking outfitter, and an astronomer-led collective that operates stargazing tours — Correia can ensure travelers are well looked after by a trusted, tight network. His clients, meanwhile, can rest easy knowing their tourist dollars will directly support small businesses and local economies.
Languages Spoken: English, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish
Minimum Daily Spend: From $240 per person per day
Trip Planning Fees: None
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