Our Tour Guides

After travelling around the world and experiencing the Himalayas, Aconcagua and other high mountains, our guides fell in love with the Camino de Santiago, so they decided to come back home to Spain and make this passion their way of life!

Discover more about their journey:

Interview with Follow the Camino Tour Guides

Follow the Camino Guides

Francisco Álvarez, Follow the Camino Tour Guide

Born in Barcelona, Francisco moved to Ponferrada, a town right on the French Way, at a very young age so he’s very familiar with the Camino. He made his first pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in his twenties and then he started to travel around the world.

Fran, as he preferred to be called, has lived in California, India, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, etc., where he discovered his great talent as a tour guide. When he decided to come back to Spain he was very clear about what he wanted to do, he wanted to show people the Camino as a tour guide, and he has been doing it for the last 7 years.

If you’re lucky enough to have him as a tour guide, don’t be surprised if he starts playing the guitar at dinner!

Walking the Camino is a unique experience that you don’t get anywhere else. The walking, the nature, the culture, how we get together as a group and you make friends for a lifetime.

Fran Alvarez

Customer Experience

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Excellent Camino experience

“My wife & I thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Our guide, Francisco, was great! The group that we joined were awesome and from all parts of the world. Excellent rooms, food, and journey.” Jack from Texas

Great way to enjoy the Camino”

“We were warmly greeted at the airport by our guide,Francisco. Each part of our trip was explained in detail. The hotels, meals and the walk was amazing. Great job!” Mary from Texas

Silvia Santos, Follow the Camino Tour Guide

Born and raised in Bilbao, before starting to work on the Camino as a tour guide, Silvia was a mountain guide in places like the Himalayas, Aconcagua, etc., and it was not until she has the opportunity to go on the Camino for the first time that she understood the reason why so many people travel every year from places like Australia, New Zealand, United States, etc., to walk the Camino de Santiago.

When she first walked the full French Way it took her 3 months, she was so passionate about it that she wanted to know all the legends and stories about the Camino. She went into almost every bar along her way and seized all the opportunities to talk to local people and pilgrims.

She currently lives in Galicia and has being working as a Follow the Camino guide for the last 6 years.

“The Camino is my path now!”

Making an effort together always unite us, it’s a good bond and that’s the big part because it is a mystery for me why people would fly from Australia or other areas of the world to walk the Camino and come back over and over again, and I think it is the people, the other pilgrims, the experience of going through it together doing it with joy, doing it laughing, doing it with freedom, that creates a good bond.

Silvia Santos

Customer Experience

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I loved our guide Silvia!

“Silvia gave us invaluable information about the Camino and made my time on the Camino beyond memorable.”

Pedro Caro, Follow the Camino Tour Guide

Pedro follow  the Camino tour guideIn love with life and the Camino de Santiago. Passionate about history, art and nature. Pedro lives between two of the most beautiful regions of Spain: Galicia and Granada, dividing his time as a tour guide on the Camino de Santiago and in the Alhambra, and the Arab neighbourhood.

He’s very keen to discover the world, he never misses the opportunity to meet a new city, a new book or a new person.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir. Nature Wisdom More Far He.

Paloma T., Follow the Camino Tour Guide

Paloma follow the Camino guide

Born and raised in a fishing town near Finisterre, the most westerly point of Spain, Paloma describes herself as an outdoor person, she not only likes to travel but to experience the trip more in-depth, inmersing herself in the local culture and working with locals. That’s why she decided to be a guide, so she obtained a Galician guide licence in 2010.

For Paloma, to be a guide is a very rewarding profession. As this job gives her the opportunity to work outdoors, escaping the routine., inmersing herself in the local culture and working with locals.

After living in different countries like Ireland, French Britanny and Cuba, Paloma decided to move to Santiago de Compostela where she works as a tour guide of her beloved Camino de Santiago. She also loves languages, animals, music, history and supports environmental causes.

Your grief path is yours alone, and no one else can walk it, and no one else can understand it.

Terri Irwin