Ultreia y Suseia is a family Travel Agency specialized in the organization of pilgrimages on the Camino de Santiago in Portugal and Spain.
On the Camino we found much more than we could ever expect: we found each other and, on welcoming Pilgrims we found a purpose for life!
We met on the Camino Inglés in 2013 and we got married in 2014. We combine our love of the Camino with our professional expertise to create unforgettable experiences on the Way of Saint James.
Yolanda loves Spain, with its unparalleled history, natural beauty, and exquisite cuisine and wines and started to walk the Camino every year since 2008. I’m a Camino enthusiast since 2012, love to walk in the nature and meeting and welcoming pilgrims. We have walked the Camino del Norte, the Inglés, the Primitivo, the Portuguese Coastal and Central, the Francés, the Lebaniego, the Torres and to Finisterra and Muxia. A few of them, several times and when someone asks us which one is our favorite our answer is always: the next one!
Yolanda’s career spans nearly 15 years of experience in tourism and human resources, training with Disney Paris and the hotel industry. I’ve worked in the Banking industry for 15 years but, in 2012, left it for a deeper connection to nature and the human experience.
After three years of extensive research and countless kilometers walking and providing guided tours on the Camino de Santiago, we want to share this wonder of humanity with those who, like us, cherish the quality of this natural heritage, its historical and cultural significance, and the famous hospitality and fine dining of Spain and Portugal. Those who choose to walk a Camino de Santiago will find time for reflection, to give thanks, to meet others and to learn about the rich history and culture of the Camino. New perspectives and clarity have a chance to blossom when you are freed from your familiar surroundings.
Our mission is to keep this ancient paths and historical culture alive for future generations.
The Camino exists because of the Pilgrim and Pilgrim exist because of the the Camino. Providing sustainable life time experience on the Camino we’ll keep it alive and regenerated for the generations to come.
” Legacy is not leaving something for the people. It’s leaving something in people”. – Peter Strople
SUSTAINABILITY and REGENERATIVE TOURISM
Sharing is central to the Camino experience. During this pandemic Utreia y Suseia was honored to contribute to several projects throughout Spain to support small business. They hold the essence of the Camino for ages and now is more needed than ever.
Walking for causes: you’ll be able to choose a cause to walk for every day.
Supporting local business and economy: We always have lunch on the Camino, choosing traditional places with local recipies and local farming products.
Proximity economy: We always look for accommodations near the trail and normally places with respect for the circular economy.
Carbon free Pilgrimage: we’ll plant enough trees to cover your trip carbon footprint. We work with a environmental consulting company to determinate the amount of carbon created by each tour and compensate it with the planting of trees and other actions . We are too finalizing our environmental certification, as well. The bus used on your pilgrimage have the most developed motor technology and the company is getting a sustainable certification, as well.
El Camino de Santiago (The way of Sant James)
El Camino de Santiago, (The Way of Saint James) is an ancient pilgrimage across Europe to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder, lie.
Christian legend tells that the apostle James, the Elder, was a missionary to the Iberian Peninsula before returning to Jerusalem, where he was beheaded by Herod. His body was placed in a stone boat guided by angels and carried by the wind back to his beloved Spain. The body remained there, largely unforgotten until the 9th century when Pelayo, a hermit living in Galicia, had a vision of a field of stars that led him to the ancient tomb containing three bodies. He told the local bishop, Teodomiro, who declared that the remains were that of Saint James and his disciples. King of Asturias, Alphonso II named James as their patron saint (later the patron saint of all Spain) and was the first Pilgrim to travel to the site (on the Camino Primitivo), which became a small village named Campus Stellae where a monastery was established. Pilgrims almost immediately started arriving and many miracles were attributed to the site. Pilgrimages where encouraged and promoted by the Kings and the religious Orders of both Spain and France, because the Camino de Santiago also helped to settle the borders between the Christians and the Mours. Thus began the thousand year history of the Camino.
Every year a handful of pilgrims still leave from their own home, and many tens of thousands more travel to one of the starting points along the way. The Camino embraces pilgrims from all walks of life, all religions, creeds, and nationalities, providing the catalyst to overcome all social and cultural barriers.
No matter a pilgrim’s personal reason for walking the Camino de Santiago, nearly all come away transformed and revitalized with a new outlook on their life, the possibilities that abound, and new friends from around the world.
The Camino’s special and enduring nature and it’s historical significant to all of the world earned it the UNESCO honored title: World Heritage Site, in 1993. In 2015, the Camino Primitivo, the Camino del Norte, the Camino of Liébana and the Camino Vasco-Riojano received the same honor.
Reforestation of Indigenous Trees
The best way to ensure the survival of the many paths to Santiago is to nurture and care for them as we do our own children. Ultreia y Suseia sponsors an annual planting of indigenous trees sufficient to replenish the carbon load produced by our Company. Pilgrims are invited to participate in this annual event to leave a legacy for future generations.
Reusable water containers
We provide reusable water containers for all pilgrims on our tours, reducing the environmental hazard of disposable water containers on local communities along the way.
We use recycled paper whenever available for all printed literature and brochures, minimizing the consumption of natural resources and reducing the amount of waste delivered to landfill.