Paul Irvine


Travel + Leisure A List Travel Agent Paul Irvine
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Irvine moved to Rio from the U.K. 18 years ago, and is now a specialist in South America's largest country. He crafts detailed itineraries full of activities, such as speaking with local biologists and learning how to kite-surf. With nearly two decades of experience in the country, Irvine knows Brazil's top outfitters—and its most memorable experiences. He's had guests touring Rio de Janeiro with one of the city's star chefs, flying over the Amazon with climate researchers, and chilling out at ultra-chic beach escapes in Paraty.

He recently planned an epic family trip that included a chartered yacht cruise down the Amazon River, private flights to a remote lodge in the tropical savannah Cerrado region in Brazil, and stays at boutique pousadas.

"More and more, I find myself recommending my clients visit the Pousada Trijunção, a full luxury safari-style lodge in a spectacularly remote location in the middle of Cerrado, an hour's flight from Brasília," Irvine says. "Even wildlife enthusiasts have never heard of this region. As well as being geologically the continent's oldest ecosystem and home to some fascinating endemic wildlife (the maned wolf is the star of the show here), Cerrado is also the most threatened ecosystem in the country. The team at Trijunção does incredibly important work maintaining a private reserve and strengthening the protections of surrounding parks, creating essential wildlife corridors."


Languages Spoken: English and Portuguese

Minimum Daily Spend: From $400 per person per day

Trip Planning Fees: None

Contact Info | 800-690-6899 | Rio de Janeiro


"Paul took amazing care of us during our trip to Brazil. He and his team put together a truly memorable family trip for us, starting by listening carefully to our needs and creating an itinerary with the perfect balance of relaxation and exploration. We stayed at two great hotels on the coast and a lodge farther inland (which we accessed by private prop plane, with amazing views!) where we had a safari experience. Thanks to Paul's connections we were able to hang out with the scientists studying the animals who were tracking, checking camera traps, taking plaster casts of footprints for identification—it was fantastic! He also pulled some strings in Trancoso to arrange a visit to the atelier of a local artist, where the artist herself showed us around. Memories for life for the whole family! I can't recommend Paul and Dehouche highly enough, and will certainly use them for our next trip to South America." - Rupert S.

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