Camino de Santiago Challenge

Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims on this remarkable fundraising walk along the Camino de Santiago – all in the spirit of making a difference.

Spend eight enlightening days walking this historical path through northern Spain on Intrepid’s Camino de Santiago Challenge, enjoying great company and knowing that every step you take is one step closer to making gender equality a reality.

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Terms & Conditions

1. Please quote ‘Camino de Santiago Challenge for Project SAMA’ at time of booking to ensure you are connected with our Groups Department who can look after your booking.

2. The Camino de Santiago Challenge is a closed departure of PECM - A Week on the Camino (self-guided) Peregrine Trip. This departure does include a local guide.

3. The trip code for The Camino de Santiago Challenge is ZTXC and operates from Thursday 11 September 2014 to Thursday 18 September 2014.

4. A non-refundable deposit of AUD250/USD250/CAD250/NZD260/GBP150/EUR170 is required at time of booking.

5. By registering on this special departure, each individual understands that they are committing to raising a minimum of AUD 1,500 for Intrepid’s Project SAMA by no later than Friday 11 July 2014. Intrepid commits to forwarding 100% of the funds raised directly to Plan’s Laos project. To facilitate fundraising, each fundraiser will have the opportunity to set up a personal fundraising page where people can donate towards the fundraisers target in any currency. Any funds over AUD 1,500, raised through this online page will also go to Plan’s Laos project. If you do not raise the funds by the deadline, you will not be able to go ahead and join the trip, regardless of paying the trip cost.

5. Any funds raised for the trip cost must be done so independently and not via your personalised fundraising page. It's imperative that you communicate to donors that you have already satisfied your fundraising goal for the Camino de Santiago Challenge, and that their donation is going towards helping you get to Spain. Full payment of remaining trip cost must be made to Intrepid Travel by Friday 11 July 2014. If any, or all, of this amount has been achieved through fundraising, you must submit a full list of donor names, contact details and amounts donated (a trip cost donation form is included in the Fundraising Toolkit).

6. There will be no extensions to the dates listed above. If you do not raise the funds by the deadline you will not be able to join the trip.

7. Flights are not included in the trip cost and must be paid for by the individual. Intrepid’s Groups department will source the best available flights for all individuals on this trip.

8. Intrepid Travel's Booking Conditions will also apply to the trip booked, and it is imperative that you examine these conditions before booking with Intrepid Travel. The most up to date Booking Conditions are accessible at

9. As outlined in the Intrepid Travel Booking Conditions, travel insurance is compulsory for all Intrepid Travel travellers and should be taken out prior to or at the time of booking. Please see the Booking Conditions for more details in this regard.

10. Visas may be required for some nationalities. Our Groups department can offer guidance; however, the onus is on the traveller to ensure they have the correct visas, if necessary, organised prior to arrival.

11. The trip is subject to availability and confirmation by Intrepid Travel at time of booking.

12. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or special offers and must be taken up in full at the time of booking.

13. Trip itineraries are subject to change at any time, and any changes will be communicated to travellers prior to departure.



Fast Facts

Deposit: AUD 250 / GBP 150 / EUR 170 / USD 250
Fundraising target: AUD 1,500 / GBP 900 / EUR 1020 / USD 1500
Travel cost: AUD 995 / GBP 595 / EUR 690 / USD 995 (less deposit)

Date of trip: 11th - 18th September 2014
Trip duration: 8 days
Accommodation: A mix of comfort-style hotels, pensions and guesthouses

The cause

Around 53 million girls in developing countries are denied access to primary school. That’s 53 million reasons why Intrepid is supporting programs that get girls into school and help them stay there longer.

It’s also part of the reason why we created Project SAMA, our three-year global initiative that promotes gender equality around the world. Project SAMA supports a number of global projects that focus on the importance of educating girls and improving the lives of communities in need.

The funds raised by the Camino de Santiago Challenge will go directly towards supporting an early education project operated by Plan in Laos.

Laos is one of the least developed countries in the world, with most of the population living as subsistence farmers. The situation for children’s health and educational development is particularly concerning: child mortality rates are among the highest in Asia and around 40% of the country’s children under five are underweight for their age. Although there has been an increase in primary school enrolment rates, many children still miss out on going to school. When it comes to education, girls face particular disadvantages, especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

See Intrepid’s Project SAMA website and facebook page for more information on how Intrepid is making an impact on the issue of gender equality.

How this walk will make a difference

By joining us on this challenge along the revered Camino de Santiago, you will be committing to fundraise for an important early education project in Laos. With the full support of Intrepid’s SAMA team, you will have until Friday, 11th July to reach a modest fundraising target of AUD 1,500. We also provide you with a fundraising toolkit and will be on hand to assist you with your fundraising ideas and plans.

The AUD 1,500 you fundraise will go to supporting an early education project in Laos that aims to:

- Train 74 pre-primary teachers to help improve the quality of early learning programs for children aged 3-6
- Provide play/art materials for pre-primary classes, parenting orientation and community-based school readiness projects in three districts
- Pilot community-based playgroups for 3–4 year olds in three districts
- Conduct training on revised parenting modules for staff, village volunteers and district health and education officers in three districts
- Train trainers at a district level on community-based school readiness.

Research proves that children who participate in early education projects:

- Are more likely to enrol in primary school
- Are less likely to repeat grades or to drop out of school
- Begin school at the right age and complete the primary schooling cycle.

See more about our Laos project


The walk

For over a thousand years, people have embarked on pilgrimages along El Camino de Santiago as an act of Christian spiritual devotion. Traditionally, the path started at a pilgrim’s home and ended in Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St James are buried. 

Today, there are a number of recognised paths throughout Western Europe, with the most popular being the Camino Frances that starts at either Somport or Roncesvalles on the French border of Spain.

Our Camino de Santiago Challenge starts around 116 km from Santiago de Compostela in Sarria. You will need a moderate level of fitness and to be comfortable walking for stretches of 5-6 hours over hilly landscapes and along dirt paths, stone footpaths, country roads and main roads. While you’ll pass through a lot of wonderful scenery and delightful villages, it’s not always like this so expect some modern landscapes along the way.

Day 1     Sarria
Collect your Pilgrim Passport and enjoy a relaxed evening before the walk begins tomorrow.

Day 2     Sarria to Portomarin (23 km)
Keep an eye out for the yellow arrows and scallop shells that will guide you along this time-honoured path. Pass through beautiful countryside and a series of charming villages before spending the night in Portomarin.

Day 3     Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25 km)
There are a number of hills on today’s walk, but the scenery and the chance to see a traditional farm and horreo (granary) will make them worth it. End the day in the famed town of Palas de Rei and admire its enchanting architecture.

Day 4     Palas de Rei to Melide (15 km)
Wander through an oak grove, over a medieval stone bridge and across rural landscapes to Melide, one of the largest towns along the Camino’s route in Galicia.

Day 5     Melide to Arzúa (15 km)
Pass through ancient pilgrimage villages on the way to the crossroads of the Camino Frances (French Way) and Camino del Norte (North Way) – the city of Arzua. Enjoy tasting the city’s famed cheeses.

Day 6     Arzúa to Rúa (19 km)
Visit the chapel of Santa Irene, which houses impressive statues of St James, and wander through groves of trees and agricultural meadows before arriving in tranquil Rua.

Day 7     Rúa to Santiago de Compostela (19 km)
Leave the Galician countryside behind and enter the city of Santiago de Compostela. Cross the Plaza del Obradoiro to the gates of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and then celebrate your rewarding completion of this historical journey.

Day 8     Santiago de Compostela
Feel free to depart any time today after breakfast, or book some more accommodation and explore this beautiful city.

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Staying longer?

Why not take advantage of being in Spain and discover more of what this spectacular country has to offer. There’s Spain’s delectable cuisine to indulge in, history-laden cities to discover and sunny beaches to laze on – you can even cross over into Northern Africa on a journey into Morocco!

Some suggestions

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Real Food Adventure - Galicia
North Spain Discovery
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Classic Spain and Portugal
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