As Portuguese, we are passionate about our own country, its landscapes and historical heritage, the delicious cuisine and the centuries-old traditions. We have a spirit of adventure that inspires us to go out and discover previously unknown tracks and places. For us an overland trip is about exploring new locations, meeting local people and living unique experiences in a responsible manner, following the applicable regulations and respecting the environment.
Our trips are much more than just driving from A to B, and we distinguish ourselves for having a higher purpose: to promote the knowledge and preservation of the historical, cultural and environmental heritage of Portugal, so that in the end our guests will have a story to tell and memories to relish. In each new journey through the most beautiful and remotest places in Portugal, we discover a unique, authentic and truly surprising country with a sense of adventure and discovery that enriches us as human beings.
During our events we privilege the contact with nature in a responsible manner with the aim to preserve the environment and reduce the impact of our passage, by working with official entities and other environmental organisations. With our trips we contribute to the social cohesion and economic sustainability of local communities, through the knowledge and promotion of their traditions, handicrafts, produce and the heritage of each region.
We are a local company with a deep knowledge of the country and we base our activity on the values of legal compliance, nature protection and sustainable development. We follow our own Code of Conduct, aligned with the requirements of the Portuguese Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests.
We are a registered tour operator as required by the Portuguese legislation, which determines that only people (local or foreign) accredited by the Tourism Authority are authorised to run adventure and overland trips in the country.
We also have a special accreditation from the Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests allowing us to drive inside Nature Parks and other protected areas under official jurisdiction. We are members of the Natural.pt brand (www.natural.pt), reserved for companies who comply with its official requirements.
Being a local company, we spend countless days on the ground in contact with the local people and organisations in search for the best places of interest, the most beautiful landscapes and the best tracks to drive, to give our guests a truly memorable experience. As a result, we have acquired a deep knowledge of the whole country allowing us to diversify our offer and ensure a renewed level of novelty and differentiation in each event.
Our offer is based on a personalised service and constant attention to detail, supported by our knowledge of the country, which allows us to meet the specific requirements of each guest. As a client from New Zealand, who is now a friend of ours, told us one day, “… on an adventure trip to a country other than yours, nothing replaces local knowledge.”…
My connection with the outdoors and off-road driving began early in my childhood. Over of the years, my passion for nature and travelling became increasingly bigger. Having started as a simple enthusiast I became a member of clubs and organisations both in Portugal and the UK. Since 2011 I became the correspondent of Land Rover Owner International magazine (lro.com), and recently I’ve started working with the Overland Journal Europe magazine (overlandjournal.eu).
Over the years I’ve acquired some specialised training and skills, both as an advanced driver and an instructor with Land Rover Experience in the UK. In addition to the technical and driving qualifications, I also have a First Aid certificate awarded by St. John’s Ambulance in England.
Nature conservation has been an enduring passion and priority in my life, hence my involvment with some environmental organisations and conservation projects over the years. Now I own my small woodland in an effort to re-establish the local habitats and turn Dream Overland into a carbon-neutral company.
In all these years worth of experience, I have lived some unforgettable moments in many parts of the world and I’ve been able to do some of the things I like the most: traveling, enjoying the wonders of nature and contacting with new people in remote places. Being so lucky to live in a wonderful country such as Portugal, I am always looking for new magical places to discover the best and most authentic things the country has to offer.