Paul Irvine

T+L TOP TRAVEL ADVISOR | BRAZIL SPECIALIST

Irvine founded his company, Dehouche, 15 years ago after spending a year exploring Brazil. Today, he lives in Rio de Janeiro and travels the country multiple times a month in search of the best restaurants, hotels, and hidden secrets. Some of his favorite hotels include the Fasano Angra dos Reis, a stunning property overlooking the sea, and Casa Turquesa, a gorgeously renovated colonial building in Paraty. Irvine is popular with clients for his emphasis on cultural immersion. On a recent trip for Carnival, he arranged for designers to contact his clients before they arrived, so they could have personalized costumes to wear during the festival’s street parties and balls.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 800-690-6899 www.dehouche.com

ADDITIONAL SPECIALTIES
Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay

Languages Spoken
English and Portuguese

Minimum Daily Spend
$800

Trip Planning Fees
None

Highlighted Review

"We have used Paul on three occasions and plan to go to South America again soon. The first trip was for our honeymoon a few years ago, which we still talk about often. It was perfectly idyllic! We went to a few different locations in Brazil including Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia, but the longest stay was in Trancoso, a divine beach village that we fell in love with. Paul knows all the right people and even organized a small plane for us when our flight was canceled. We can’t recommend Paul highly enough. We’ve also gone to Argentina with Paul and had a fantastic time in Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Mendoza. He takes the time to understand what you want. I am sure we would never have found the wonderful places we visited without him. We definitely wouldn’t have met so many great people along the way, like winemakers in Argentina and a local woman in Trancoso who cooked the best prawns at her house by the sea. I would wholeheartedly recommend Paul to anyone wanting a bespoke trip to South America. He was recommended to us by a friend, and we have in turn recommended him to several of our. Paul and the team at Dehouche always seem to get it just right." - Elizabeth Kent