Meet Our Expert Trip Leaders

Our Trip Leaders bring the history and heritage of El Camino de Santiago alive for you with every step, from sharing traditions of the trail to insights into the culture and history of these beautiful regions of Spain—right down to introducing you to the delicious specialties of each region you travel through, and which wines to pair with them. Traveling with a small group of like-minded pilgrims, with plenty of flexibility built in, is the ideal way to experience this wonderful journey, and your team of expert Trip Leaders keeps everything running like clockwork so you can fully savor your experience of El Camino.

This was just what I like in a trip—being out and about in the countryside and towns. The Trip Leaders were exceptional in having local cuisine and wines arranged at our meals. I really enjoyed the variety of hotel accommodations.
Jon D., Montgomery, AL

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

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Patricia Raczkowski

Departure Dates: September 6-14, 2019, September 17-25, 2019

Patricia Raczkowski was born in Canada of a Spanish mother and Polish father and has lived in Spain since she was ten months old. Her first taste of the mountains came in high school, when she went on monthly hikes with the nuns from her school in Madrid, and she ...

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David Atela

Departure Dates: September 10-18, 2019, September 24-October 2, 2019

David Atela, a graduate of the Universidad del País Vasco in northern Spain’s Basque country, has written several guidebooks on the Picos de Europa and the Pyrenees, and has studied the geology and ecology of many of Spain’s mountain regions. He has ...

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Katia Azkorra

Departure Dates: September 10-18, 2019, September 24-October 2, 2019

Katia Azkorra hails from Spain’s Basque Country, where she earned her degree in art and found painting to be one of her passions. She has also lived in Scotland, where she moved to teach art activities to children, but the Basque world called her back and she ...

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Marian Gibert

Marian Gibert has been a world traveler from a young age. She was born in Bilbao, Spain, grew up in Venezuela, and later lived in Britain, where she studied Business Administration at Cambridge. She also lived and worked in a resort in the Swiss Alps, picking up the ...

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Irene De Benedictis

Departure Dates: September 17-25, 2019

Originally from Rome, Irene began traveling at the age of 17, and has lived in various countries including the UK, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, and Finland. Her love of different cultures and languages (she knows seven!), paired with her love for pilgrimages (she walked ...

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Santiago Bejarano

Santiago Bejarano trained in Environmental Sciences in his native Ecuador and began his guiding career by bringing visitors to the jungle and highlands of Ecuador and the storied Galapagos Islands, where he worked as a naturalist. He later moved to Britain, where he ...

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Annie Hawkins

Annie Hawkins, born and raised in a small village in Burgundy, is a passionate world traveler and one of our most enchanting Trip Leaders. After studying art history in Provence, Annie moved to California, where she led adventure tours in the American Southwest and ...

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