THE ANDASPAIN TEAM

OUR PASSIONATE GROUP OF PILGRIM GUIDES THAT MAKE EXPERIENCE OUR PRIORITY

ABOUT ANDASPAIN

 

We have been in Spain and on the Camino for more years than we care to count and we would not have it any other way.

We know that walking long distances in foreign lands can be a big undertaking and our mission is to clear the path ahead for you.  We organise every last detail to ensure you can be free to ponder mysteries other than where to spend the night or how to read the menu.  From the practical (like what is the best way to lace up your boots), to the curious (what the heck is a gypsy’s arm and why is it on my dessert menu?), we have an answer.

We move mountains so long as they are metaphorical.

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Every day is a new adventure no matter the circumstance, and we would like nothing more than to share it with you.

YOUR CAMINO GUIDES

 

Your experience with Andaspain will always include the attention of one the owners.  From either the first contact or to the last glass raised, we will be there to join in your Camino.

Kate Goad

Co-founder

Kate´s love of walking started in the mountains of the Lake District near her home in Lancaster, England. She graduated from Manchester University and spent several years teaching adults with learning difficulties and managing international exchange projects. She has since travelled, worked and walked all over the world but in 2005 set up home in the mountains of Asturias in Northern Spain, where she can combine her passion for walking in the nearby Picos de Europa with exploring the trails of Europe. She first walked the Camino Francés in 2006 and has since shared her enthusiasm for the Camino with many groups of pilgrims from all over the world.  She added two little pilgrims to the family in 2011 and 2013 and is, for the moment, based in our Spanish office.  She will be your main point of contact from booking your tour to meeting your guides.

Vanessa Illanes

Vanessa Illanes

CO-FOUNDER

Vanessa has had a lifelong attraction to Spain. Although she was born and raised in the U.S., she spent many of her childhood summers with her grandparents in a seaside village only an hour away from Santiago de Compostela. Her father is from the town of Mera, where she learned about the people, the language, the customs and the magical walk to the city of Saint James. After graduating from Jacksonville University, Vanessa decided that it was time to pack her bags and see what was in store for her in Europe. She soon found herself on the familiar trail. Since 2005 she has worked as a tour guide on the Camino leading dozens of groups along the Camino Frances, Camino del Norte and the Chemin Saint-Jacques in France.  She has made her home in Santiago de Compostela, right at the heart of the Camino.

Ashleigh Mell

Ashleigh Mell

Marketing Manager / Camino guide

Ashleigh was born and raised in the United States.  After completing her master´s degree at the University of South Florida, she packed her bags and moved to London where she worked as a social worker with children and families for over ten years.  During that time, Ashleigh used London as her base to travel the world and that passion for travel took her back many times to Spain and the Camino. Ashleigh soon fell in love with Santiago de Compostela which she has made her home and now shares her passion for the Camino.

Alex Porras

Alex Porras

Camino guide

Alex was born and raised in Barcelona. From a very young age he developed a love for nature and travelling; so much that guiding trips became his profession. Alex guides wildlife safaris in East Africa, polar experiences around Laponia in Finland, and of course on the great Camino trail. Alex believes that through travelling we can discover our beautiful planet, but that the best way for truly exploring anywhere is by using “our feet.”

Stefanie Coutu

Stephanie Coutu

Camino guide / Yoga Instructor

Canadian-born and world-traveled Stefanie resides in Santiago de Compostela where she works teaching English and yoga.  She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification with Karma Teachers College in Vancouver, Canada. Stefanie has developed her own relationship with the Camino de Santiago having walked the Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, the Camino Primitive, the Camino Fisterra-Muxía, and sections of the Camino Portugés. She has a heart for nature, culture, language and movement, and is our inspirational yoga instructor leading the Yoga on the Camino Tours.

Lily Burnard

Lily Burnard

Camino guide

Lily discovered the Camino more or less by chance in 2012. She hiked in País Vasco, Spain for a week alongside her father and a new addiction was born. Since then she has hiked many different sections of the Camino de Santiago; and after living in Santiago de Compostela and studying the famous pilgrimage at University, working as a guide and helping other pilgrims experience the walk feels like a natural step forward in her journey on the Camino. Lily still enjoys walking as a pilgrim to reconnect with her body, the beautiful region of Galicia and to gain a certain peace of mind that she finds on the trail.

Robby Illanes

Robby Illanes

Photographer

Robby is a photographer/videographer who sometimes joins us on the walking trail. Since completing his studies in Cinematography from the Colorado Film School, Robby has been based in South Florida but his work has taken him all over the world. Robby spent much of his childhood summers exploring Galicia and he first walked the Camino de Santiago in 2009. His shots can be found at RCI Photography.

Kris Montero

Kris Montero

Tour organizer

Kris was born and raised in Asturias, Spain. As a small girl, she developed a special connection with the Camino de Santiago when she walked it with her family. Kris went on to study Audiovisual Communication and Design; and today she is able to devote her time to both her passions of creative design and spending time in nature. Kris organizes  Self-Guided Walking Tours and when she is not doing that, you can find her walking in the mountains of Asturias and continuing to help people to fall in love with The Way in the same way she did many years ago.

Sarah Cano

Sarah Cano

Tour organizer

Sarah was born in Germany and spent much of her childhood there. She later moved to Madrid but her passion for nature and animals evoked a move to rural Asturias in the north of Spain. Walking is one of her favorite pastimes and she has walked both the Camino del Norte and the Camino Francés. Sarah  takes care of organising the logistics of Self-Guided Tours.

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