We carefully design our tours, using our own extensive local knowledge, to respect the way of life of local populations as well as the environment and provide our clients with a genuine experience that leads to meaningful interactions with another culture. In turn, we make sure that money stays within the small local communities that they spend time in.
Find out how we embrace sustainable and responsible travel.
The historical and spiritual Portuguese Camino de Santiago offers a wide range of scenery and gastronomic experiences. The unspoilt coastal landscapes in Northern Portugal, and in Galicia in Spain, are varied and beautiful, as are the inland stretches through woodland, farmland, country villages and historical towns.
Whether our clients choose to follow the Central or the Coastal Camino on foot or by bike, the environmental impact of our programme is minimal.
We provide our self-guided clients with a full in-person briefing with one of our Camino experts, either based in Porto or as close as possible to their starting point in order to reduce the need for transport. During the briefing, we provide detailed instructions of the route, which includes a code of conduct for respecting their environment by sticking to the trail and leaving no litter as well as preventing damage.
There are plenty of drinking water fountains along the Camino, as well as the tap water in accommodations etc., so we provide refillable water bottles to encourage clients not to buy disposable ones.
We typically have more than one client following this programme at any given time so we arrange bulk luggage transfers with local drivers to reduce carbon emissions.
Our carefully selected accommodation partners use eco-friendly practices to save water, use solar power and promote recycling.
The villages and small towns along the traditional Camino trail receive few other visitors apart from pilgrims and the small local businesses depend upon the income they derive from clients like ours. For this reason, as well as the opportunity to interact with local people and absorb something of the local culture, we strongly recommend that our clients patronise small cafés, local family-run restaurants and independent stores. To make such encounters easier for all concerned, our info packs provide advice about how to respect local cultures and interact without inadvertently causing offence as well as some helpful phrases in Portuguese and Spanish.
Our ‘roadbooks’ contain information about the destination and advice for clients on how to respect local cultures and interact without inadvertently causing offence as well as some helpful phrases in Portuguese and Spanish.
Local people are used to seeing pilgrims and often go out of their way to support them. Although we provide detailed route notes, if a client is ever in doubt as to which way to go, a friendly local will point them in the right direction without them even having to ask.
Our main office is in Ponte de Lima in Northern Portugal, a small town along the Camino route. Our staff are mainly from this region and have deep ties with it, meaning that they are able to quickly mobilise local resources to help clients if they need it.
We ensure our staff and those who work for us are treated with respect and have fair working conditions. As such, we are directly supporting the local economy and communities in which we operate.