Welcome to Santiago de Compostela

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the Sacred City, built stone by stone around the said resting place of the Apostle Saint James.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela at sunset

The Galician novelist Valle Inclán wrote that: “… of all the old Spanish cities, the one which seems to be trapped in a dream of granite, immutable and eternal is Santiago de Compostela…. although it doesn’t appear ancient, but rather everlasting. But Compostela, in the ecstasy of the pilgrims, unites all its stones in one single evocation. There, the passing hours are just one hour, repeating itself eternally, under a grey rainy sky…”

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New BOOK Notice: Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim by Anne Born

One of the most enthusiast Caminoer we know and a wonderful poet, has just published her first book and the subject is how to prepare yourself for a Buen Camino. So if you are looking for that extra push to decide to embark on this once in a lifetime experience, we highly recommend you give it a read!

How to plan, where to stay, how to pack, what not to miss, and how to have a Buen Camino from the #littleoldladywalking!

 

Buen Camino! is not a guidebook, there are no maps, no long-winded legends or history – just lots of fun little stories and helpful tips from a veteran American pilgrim to anyone planning their first Camino by themselves or just waiting to go back without the help of an agency or staying in albergues.

Released in December 2017, the book is available for purchase on Amazon ($6.99 US) and will soon be available on Kindle, Nook (Barnes & Noble) and on Casa Ivar’s Camino Forum Store. Continue reading New BOOK Notice: Buen Camino! Tips from an American Pilgrim by Anne Born

Ultreya Tours winner of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Service in Santiago

We are proud to announce, that the Travel & Hospitality Awards just selected Ultreya Tours for the prestigious Award for Excellence in Service – 2018 in Santiago!

This is our fourth award in 2 years and we are humbled just to have been nominated by our peers and pasts clients for these prestigious awards.

Our mission is to share our knowledge of the Camino de Santiago and help groups, solo travelers including single women traveling alone enjoy the Camino and Galicia as much as we do.

Running a small travel agency is not always easy, it means very long hours in the office everyday, some very stressful moments and spending our holidays trying out your own tours but it is all worth it when we receive such excellent feedback and are able to great our amazing clients when they reach Santiago de Compostela.

Receiving an award like this and reading your reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook really gives us strenght to continue each day and reassurance that we are in the right field and leaving a positive footprint.

Thank you for your trust, your nominations and votes.

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The Camino de Santiago embraces Yoga by Silvia Santos Sanjuán

Working as a guide on the Camino, I was happily surprised that my first clients were a group of Yogis from California. As a yogi myself, I found it fascinating that yoga teachers from all over the world were coming to practice yoga on the Camino!

Later on, a profesional project put me to walk the Camino in the search of how much Yoga, as in asana or meditation sessions, was available on the ancient path to Santiago. The results of the search were beyond any expectations. Yoga is so present in the Camino that my original plan for a one month trip became a three months journey!

Not only I found Yoga; I realized the Camino is Yoga.

Looking at their origins, both spiritual paths arose from similar universal needs in the Eastern and Western worlds and they have shared parallel evolutions through History until today. Now, they share a moment of expansion, after decades of fast growing interest from explorers around the world. Continue reading The Camino de Santiago embraces Yoga by Silvia Santos Sanjuán