Cycle the Camino de Santiago vacation

“Cycle one of the challenging pilgrims’ ways that make up the Camino de Santiago, the king of the Spanish walking routes.”

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Leon | Astorga | Molinaseca | Ponferrada | Villafranca del Bierzo | O Cebreiro | Triacastela | Samos | Santiago de Compostela

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Responsible tourism

Cycle the Camino de Santiago vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

On cycling trips it’s easy to use plastic excessively (e.g. bottled water and isotonic drinks) especially during the hot summer months. Rather than use single-use plastic bottles we refill our water bottles using tap or fountain water from the small towns we pass by along the way. We also encourage people to snack on fresh, seasonal fruits rather than processed fruits in plastic wrappers, as well as taking out their rubbish to larger towns that have suitable waste management and recycling facilities.

Our greatest contribution to minimising our transportation's impact on the environment is to travel by bike, avoiding the use of any energy or fuel. When we do use a vehicle, we are committed to providing local experiences and as part of this philosophy during this trip we use local forms of transport wherever possible. Where we use private transport, we stick to the small back roads which minimises the impact on locals using the main roads for daily routines. Where we do use a support vehicle, we will always ensure that it is an appropriate size to suit the cyclists it supports – no using a 16-seater minivan if we only have five people traveling.

On this trip we have joined up with a local Spanish-based supplier who shares our commitment to responsible business, from waste and water management to ensuring we are leaving as minimal a foot (or rather tyre) print as possible. We ensure they are educated on all aspects of responsible business and supported in making any changes they need to improve in this regard.

Community

An important part of travel is mixing with the locals and experiencing “real life” in your destination. On this trip, along with staying in locally-owned hotels and guesthouses, we visit small cafes and restaurants and buy locally produced crafts and locally grown fresh produce. This gives locals the opportunity to earn money directly and our travelers the chance to interact with local people in their everyday environment.

We also use only local Spanish cycling guides and support staff, as well as local guides in many destinations.

We source local activities which we believe are sustainable to the economy in that they allow the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience. This could be as simple as spending time in a local café, taking a cooking class in a local home and shopping at small local stores. On this trip we endeavour to cycle just a bit further each afternoon to stay in accommodation that is off the usual tourist trail, thus helping to spread the income to small villages and towns that would otherwise be passed by, especially by the walkers that contribute the vast majority of income to the region.
The role of females in cycling has often been that of support staff. To help combat this we try and ensure as many of our cycling trips as possible have a head female cycling guide.

All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by Spaniards (most of whom live locally) including all our cycling guides, support vehicle drivers, local site guides and accommodation providers. We provide our already experienced local suppliers with cycling training so that they are up to speed with the needs of our travelers as well as building their skills.

Locals know where the best food, souvenirs, local crafts and entertainment can be found. This trip is operated by local Spaniards and we ensure any shopping opportunities, from the larger centers like Leon and Santiago de Compostela to the small villages we stop off at offer authentic experiences that showcase north-west Spain's rich and unique culture and crafts.

Food and wine is often a highlight in Spain and the Camino is no different. Almost every town and village along the way offers 'the pilgrims menu' - usually consisting a small bowl pasta or salad, chicken, and fruit or a yoghurt. While it can sometimes be monotonous it is an excellent way to minimise food wastage. As you near the coast we also recommend trying the fresh local seafood – it's delicious!

The Camino also has a centuries-old rich arts and craft culture, from the iconic scallop shell to fine ceramics and of course religious souvenirs. Rather than shopping in larger tourist shops we recommend checking out the small village morning markets that often feature the work of local craftspeople – we recommend checking out the many small art shops in Santiago de Compostela.

Our cycling trips usually have a maximum group size of 16 to minimise our impact on the smaller communities we cycle through along the Camino de Santiago. We believe this is the perfect size for a cycling trip along the Camino while respecting the capabilities of the destinations we visit, the delicate nature of some of the trails and respecting the many other 'pilgrims' along the way. Overtourism is an issue we are very conscious of and we are taking measures to ensure our impact on the communities we visit and their environment is our top priority, including endeavouring to sleep overnight away from the main trail.

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity and wider community. A bicycle means you can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load, providing a profound and lasting positive effect for the individual as well as their community. Bicycles for Humanity collect donated (used or new) bicycles, repair them if needed and send them to Africa. Along with donated bicycles each of the 40ft shipping containers that Bicycles for Humanity sends becomes a bike workshop, providing employment, skills, training, business, opportunity and economic development for the community in which it's placed, helping the community to move away from aid dependence.

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