ULTREIA Y SUSEIA MEANING

"Ultreia y Suseia" is an expression mentioned in the Calixtin Code. Translated loosely it means "forward and upward" and serves to encourage and motivate the pilgrim.

It is believed that in ancient times when pilgrims passed each other on the Camino one pilgrim would call, “Ultreia” and the other would answer with “Suseia". There is much speculation about the origins of these words. They are possibly Latin and Galician. Utreia is an adverb that comes from "ultra" meaning further and "eia" means beyond. In turn, "sus" means up to the top followed by motivating "eia". Pilgrims also called, "Ultreia, Suseia, Santiago!" meaning, "Go further, go upward! Ahead is Santiago!"

About us

Ultreia y Suseia is a family owned Iberian company home based in Oviedo, Spain. We focus on the well-being of our Pilgrims while introducing them to the rich and fantastic thousand year old history along The Way.

Yolanda and Rui met on the Camino Inglés in 2012 becoming true friends and marrying in 2014. They combined their love of the Camino with their professional expertise to create Ultreia y Suseia, so that others have the opportunity to walk the Camino.

Yolanda is a lover ofher native country of Spain with its unparalleled history, natural beauty, and exquisite cuisine. She has walked the Camino every year since 2008. Rui is a Camino enthusiast and has accompanied pilgrims on these ancient paths since 2012. Both have walked the Camino del Norte, Inglés, Primitivo, Portugués, Francés, and to Finisterra.

Yolanda’s career spans nearly 15 years of experience in tourism and human resources, training with Disney Paris, the hotel industry and the HR director of a family business. Rui worked in the Banking industry for 15 years when he discovered the restorative nature of the Camino for the first time. He took a bold leap, leaving the corporate world behind for a deeper connection to nature and the human experience.

What Rui says about the Camino: "After three years of extensive research and countless kilometers walking and providing guided tours on the Camino de Santiago, we want to share this wonder of humanity with those who, like us, cherish the quality of this natural heritage, its historical and cultural significance, and the famous hospitality and fine dining of Spain and Portugal. Those who choose to walk a Camino de Santiago will find time for reflection, to give thanks, to meet others and to learn about the rich history and culture of the Camino. New perspectives and clarity have a chance to blossom when you are freed from your familiar surroundings.”



OUR Mission

…keeping the ancient paths and historical culture alive.

Ultreia y Suseia provides Pilgrims with a once in a life time opportunity to experience the transformative power of the Camino. We work tirelessly to protect the Camino for future generations by keeping the ancient paths and historical culture alive.

We are passionate about providing the highest professional service with attention to every detail along every step of THE WAY. All accommodations meet our exacting requirements for cultural and historical significance, and quality of service.

Our employees have walked their own Camino and are experienced Pilgrims. They embrace the life-changing, spiritual, historical, and social significance of your own Camino and guide with special sensitivity to the pilgrim experience.

EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (The Way of Saint James)

El Camino de Santiago, (The Way of Saint James) is an ancient pilgrimage across Europe to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder, lie.

Christian legend tells that the apostle James, the Elder, was a missionary to the Iberian Peninsula before returning to Jerusalem, where he was beheaded by Herod. His body was placed in a stone boat guided by angels and carried by the wind back to his beloved Spain. The body remained there, largely unforgotten until the 9th century when Pelayo, a hermit living in Galicia, had a vision of a field of stars that led him to the ancient tomb containing three bodies. He told the local bishop, Teodomiro, who declared that the remains were that of Saint James and his disciples. King of Asturias, Alphonso II named James as their patron saint (later the patron saint of all Spain) and was the first Pilgrim to travel to the site (on the Camino Primitivo), which became a small village named Campus Stellae where a monastery was established. Pilgrims almost immediately started arriving and many miracles were attributed to the site. Pilgrimages where encouraged and promoted by the Kings and the religious Orders of both Spain and France, because the Camino de Santiago also helped to settle the borders between the Christians and the Mours. Thus began the thousand year history of the Camino.

Every year a handful of pilgrims still leave from their own home, and many tens of thousands more travel to one of the starting points along the way. The Camino embraces pilgrims from all walks of life, all religions, creeds, and nationalities, providing the catalyst to overcome all social and cultural barriers.

No matter a pilgrim’s personal reason for walking the Camino de Santiago, nearly all come away transformed and revitalized with a new outlook on their life, the possibilities that abound, and new friends from around the world.

The Camino’s special and enduring nature and it’s historical significant to all of the world earned it the UNESCO honored title: World Heritage Site, in 1993. In 2015, the Camino Primitivo, the Camino del Norte, the Camino of Liébana and the Camino Vasco-Riojano received the same honor.


PHILANTHROPIC GIVING

Sharing is central to the Camino experience. Ultreia y Suseia is honored to contribute annually to local non-profits in communities throughout Spain in gratitude for the Camino de Santiago and all that it gives pilgrims of The Way.

Food Banks Against Hunger
Ultreia y Suseia promotes the work of Food Banks Against Hunger in Portugal and Spain, by encouraging support for these initiatives, mobilizing resources and people, and promoting solidarity attitudes.





Ecological Responsibility

Reforestation of Indigenous Trees
The best way to ensure the survival of the many paths to Santiago is to nurture and care for them as we do our own children. Ultreia y Suseia sponsors an annual planting of indigenous trees sufficient to replenish the carbon load produced by our Company. Pilgrims are invited to participate in this annual event to leave a legacy for future generations.
 
Reusable water containers
We provide reusable water containers for all pilgrims on our tours, reducing the environmental hazard of disposable water containers on local communities along the way.
 
Recycled paper
We use recycled paper whenever available for all printed literature and brochures, minimizing the consumption of natural resources and reducing the amount of waste delivered to landfill.