2022 Ida B. Wells Spain Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2022 Ida B. Wells Spain Cultural Journey!  We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting program so that travelers are as informed as possible throughout the process. The first page, Pre-Enrollment, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that participants will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we can't wait to start our enriching adventure!
Travel Dates: June 20, 2022 - July 1, 2022
Group Organizer(s):
WTT Contact:
Program Tuition: $2,990 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Confirmed Airfare: $1,225

What to Expect

Please read through all of the information below. More details will be added as your departure draws closer.


We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers and given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

June 20USA - BarcelonaToday the group will travel from the USA to Barcelona, Spain, arriving the next day.Airplane
June 21BarcelonaAfter arriving and getting settled, we'll check out Barcelona and visit La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Las Ramblas and, if the group's up for it, Montjuic, a large hill that overlooks the entire city. Tonight we'll enjoy our first taste of local cuisine and discuss the upcoming trip in detail.Sant Jordi Gracia or Sagrada Familia
June 22Barcelona - San SebastianAfter breakfast we will travel by train to San Sebastian and enjoy time on the beach as well as sea kayaking. In the evening, we will sample the famous "pintxos" of the Basque Country as we prepare to begin our walk along the camino the following morning.A Room in the City or similar
June 23San Sebastian & Donibane PasaiaToday we will take a bus to Donibane Pasaia where will visit a boat/museum and learn about the unique history and seafaring traditions of the Basque Country. We will then spend the rest of the day walking on El Camino de Santiago along the Bay of Biscay, about 12.5 KM in total distance until we arrive back in San Sebastian. A Room in the City or similar
June 24San SebastianToday we will enjoy a bike tour! We will explore all that San Sebastian has to offer in addition to a visit to some of the smaller outlying towns along the coast.A Room in the City or similar
June 25San Sebastian - OrioA second full day walking along El Camino de Santiago, arriving to Orio and Zarautz about 18KM in total distance.Hotel Olatu or similar
June 26Orio - ZumaiaA third full day walking along El Camino de Santiago, arriving to Zumaia about 24 KM in total distance.Karakas Kar or similar
June 27Zumaia - LekeitioOur final day on the famous Camino de Santiago! Today we will take a bus for a portion of the ride and walk the other half, eventually arriving to Lekeitio on the coast of the bay. Here we will take time to relax and recuperate from our days on the trail.Aisia Lekeitio or similar
June 28Lekeitio - BilbaoAfter breakfast we will bus to Bilbao and spend the day exploring one of the most charming cities in all of northern Spain. We will also make time to visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum.Ganbara Hostel or similar
June 29Bilbao - BarcelonaWe will have a relaxing morning in the old quarter of Bilbao and take a classic cable car up to Mount Artxanda to have lunch, take in some impressive views of the city and bid farewell to Bilbao before boarding an mid-afternoon train back to Barcelona for our final night. Sant Jordi Gracia or similar
June 30BarcelonaWe will spend the final full day relaxing in Barcelona, chilling at the beach and wandering the gothic quarter. If the group is interested, we can check out the Casa Picasso Museum. In the evening, we will share a final dinner together and reflect on our adventure.Sant Jordi Gracia or similar
July 1Barcelona - USAToday we'll head to the airport and board our international flight home. ¡Hasta luego!Your own bed, eventually!


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In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.  We vet and inspect the accommodations to ensure they uphold the ethos of our programs, are great values for our travelers and nice places to rest after enriching days of travel.  

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
Hostal Colkida

Hostal Colkida is in Barcelona’s best neighborhood – the Eixample, a beautiful and safe residential area, just a step away from many of Barcelona’s tourist attractions. You can walk to Plaza Catalunya, the Sagrada Familia or Casa Batllo, passing before shops, art galleries, restaurants etc. The building was recently completely renovated, and it is designed in a clean and simple style, with attention to details. The interior elements were carefully chosen to create the coziest atmosphere possible. Colkida offers double or triple rooms, rooms for four, and also a private apartment. Some of the rooms have street view (with new sound-proof windows), and some face our quiet garden.

The Hotel Flysch

The Hotel Flysch is a newly built construction (2017) designed to ensure that visitors enjoy a restful and comfortable experience. You’ll find us in Zumaia, directly above the famous Flysch (making our location a privileged spot) and only a moment’s walk from the San Telmo hermitage. They have 16 spacious rooms + 2 independent studios with kitchen. All rooms have a private bathroom, minibar, safe box, plasma TV, hair dryer, etc. The hotel is decorated throughout by the Basque artist Anton Eguiguren, lending an individual personality to each room. We pay great attention to details to ensure that our guests leave with the memory of a unique and friendly experience.

Green Nest Hostel

Uba Green Nest hostel is an alternative, sustainable green & eco-friendly hostel and open to any multicultural relationships, which seeks to attract mostly young people, families and research groups, innovation, culture and sports, with a focus especially in the surf sector, as surfing bring many tourists to the city. The hostel offers 44 rooms with total of 196 beds, some of them are convertible, and there are 4 floors with 3178 meters of usable area.

Hotel Photo Zabalburu

Hotel Photo Zabalburu is located 1.3 km from the Roman Catholic church “Bilbao Cathedral” and features a bar, a flat screen TV and a cable flat-screen. Indautxu tube station is just a 10-minute walk and Abando train station is 1000 metres away. The venue is placed in the centre of Bilbao, a stroll away from Azkuna Zentroa Cultural Center. It is also 1.3 km from the hillside park “Parque Etxebarria”. Hotel Photo Zabalburu is a short ride from Bilbaout. There are 38 guestrooms equipped with flat-screen television, satellite television and lounge area. Hairdryers, showers and a bathtub are featured.

Albergue San Martín

Established in 2005 and later expanded in 2010, San Martín offers traditional hospitality in the form of a welcoming bed and breakfast in the tranquil surroundings of the green countryside between the towns of Baamonde and Sobrado, a few days short of Santiago.

Group Flight

Flight Itinerary
Type Carrier Name Carrier Code Flight Number Departure Airport & City Departure Date and Time  Arrival Airport & City Arrival Date and Time 
June 20, 2022 at 06:30 AM
June 20, 2022 at 07:45 AM
June 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM
June 20, 2022 at 05:33 PM
June 20, 2022 at 08:10 PM
June 21, 2022 at 10:05 AM
July 01, 2022 at 11:45 AM
July 01, 2022 at 03:00 PM
July 01, 2022 at 05:00 PM
July 01, 2022 at 07:09 PM

Once your flight has been confirmed, the itinerary will appear here.

Walking Tree will secure a seat on the group flight for each participant unless otherwise instructed.

Travelers are responsible for checked baggage fees. Please visit the airline’s baggage webpage to learn if you should expect to pay anything.

We will provide a group manifest – complete with reservation codes and ticket numbers – to the Group Organizer/s before departure, and travelers will need to check in at the airport in order to receive their boarding pass and have documents verified. We recommend arriving no later than three hours prior to the scheduled departure, but contact your Group Organizer for specific details on exactly where and when to meet on the day of departure.

Air travel can be unpredictable.  Regardless of proper planning, there may still be instances when a flight is delayed or cancelled due to staffing shortages, weather, mechanical problems, etc.  Please note that in such an event, Walking Tree Travel (WTT) is not financially responsible for unanticipated costs incurred by travelers en route.  Our programs officially begin and end in the destination country, and because our staff doesn’t fly with the group, Group Organizers (the traveling faculty member/s) become the front-line advocate for the group in the event of a delay. In most cases of cancellations or delays, the airline will be the one who re-books travel or possibly arranges a hotel and food the night.  Our primary role will be to  keep families updated and provide support to the Group Organizer to reach a  quick and effective resolution.

Host Community and Project Details

Packing List

What follows is a sample packing list but you know yourself better than we do so please adjust accordingly. We recommend you bring a larger piece of luggage like a roller, duffel bag, or backpack, as well as a smaller backpack that you can bring on daily outings, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

“Less is more” is a packing tip we encourage for all our travelers. The list below should cover everything you would need, but know yourself and what you are comfortable traveling with.  We suggest bringing only as much as you would be able to carry on your own.

Finally, we recommend consulting a weather forecast for your destination. 

Most importantly, be sure to remember your PASSPORT!

CLOTHES (quantities depend on your trip length) :

  • Underwear
  • Socks (a mixture of good active socks and casual socks)
  • T-shirts (some quick dry)
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Sweaters or sweatshirts
  • Warmer jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Scarf and Warm gloves (optional)
  • Rain jacket
  • Travel/athletic shorts that are breathable and light
  • Comfortable, everyday pants
  • Nice shirt/top to be worn to more formal dinners (girls might want a skirt or something a little nicer for such occasions)
  • Durable athletic/walking shoes
  • Sandals (optional)
  • Hat


  • Sunscreen (you will use a lot)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Band Aids and Neosporin
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Medication in properly marked original container


  • Sunglasses
  • Journal and pen
  • Book
  • Camera (digital, disposable, waterproof)
  • Power Converter
  • Alarm Clock and watch
  • Debit card/US Dollars (we recommend about $50-$150, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra items etc.)
  • Durable water bottle
  • 1 quick-dry towel
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Batteries
  • Deck of cards or other portable games
  • Spanish/English Dictionary

Support Team

At a minimum, one experienced Program Leader will travel on every trip. In addition to this full time leadership presence, Walking Tree has additional support staff in all destinations and 24/7 support from our headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Below you’ll find a list of the team members involved in the planning, organizing, and leadership of your program.

Gabriel Duncan
Gabriel Duncan
Co-Founder of Walking Tree Travel and Business Lead - Denver, CO

Colby College – B.A. International Relations and Government

While at Colby, Gabriel spent a semester in Spain at the University of Salamanca studying contemporary Spanish politics and Spanish language. He also lettered for four-years on Colby’s lacrosse team and earned All-American honors. After graduating, Gabriel hit the road. He fished commercially in Alaska, taught in Chile and China, led programs for students in Spain and Costa Rica, and traveled to over 50 countries and all 50 states in the USA. Regardless of where Gabriel is located, he is constantly haunted by his naive faith and unconditional love for Denver sports teams.

Patricia Siqueiros
Patricia Siqueiros
Program Leader

Kansas Univerity – B.A. in International Studies

Her hobbies include hiking, binge watching Netflix, solo traveling, and learning languages. She was born in the US to Mexican parents, but she spent her childhood in Canada and Brazil and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese. This experience and later trips to follow inspired her to study Global and International Studies and to keep traveling. After finishing her degree at KU, she went to Nuremberg, Germany for a year, where she fell in love with the European lifestyle. Patricia moved to Spain years later to teach English and decided to pursue a career in international education.

Hillary Mora Vargas
Hillary Mora Vargas
Country Director

Escuela Liceo la Virgen; Escuela Chilamate

Hillary was born in Sarapiqui, a small town with a rich culture in the heart of Costa Rica. Growing up in Costa Rica gave her the opportunity to be in touch with nature and in close contact with animals in their habitat. Since an early age she was passionate about exploring the world and everything in it, but it wasn’t until she finished high school that she realized she loved to teach and communicate to others about the environment and the world we live in. Since then, Hillary has worked as a guide in nature reserves in the region she grew up and has also directed collaborative environmental education projects with students, including some of her own design. Hillary currently resides in Galicia, Spain, where she lives with her partner, and continues to pursue her passion of exploring the world and helping others to do so as well. She currently works in local tourism and facilitates programs for Walking Tree Travel as the Spain Country Director.

Tucker Hyde
Tucker Hyde
Program Leader

University of Tennessee – B.A. in Advertising 

Tucker Hyde is a vibrant individual originating from Knoxville, Tennessee. Knowing that the world is much bigger than his hometown, he made the bold move to Spain shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee with his Advertising degree. In Spain he has had the pleasure to work with students pursuing fluency in English, while at the same time improving his Spanish. Tucker’s passions in life include studying music, appreciating nature, and photography. He’s always looking for ways to learn more about world cultures and encouraging others to do the same!

Group Roster

Below is a list of the travelers enrolled on the program.

  • 1 Lucas Barrera
  • 2 Ainsley Ragnetti
  • 3 Elizabeth Loveless
  • 4 Ella Higgins
  • 5 Amelie De Villiers
  • 6 Ania Leonardo
  • 7 Etta Brick
  • 8 Fiona McLaughry
  • 9 Sylvie Kressel
  • 10 Callan McLoudrey
  • 11 Ryan Bonn
  • 12 Lauren Edmark
  • 13 Claire Catalan
  • 14 Karli Norell
  • 15 Benito Marquez
  • 16 Lillian Haley
  • 17 Tisya Tomar
  • 18 Mia Durham-LeBus
  • 19 Amy Durham
19 Travelers

Blog and Communication

During travel we will work hard to keep families updated as frequently as possible with blogs and photos, giving you peace of mind that your traveler is safe and thriving on their program.  Students regularly contribute to these posts, giving parents a great way to vicariously track the progress of the trip. You will receive an email notification when the first blog is posted, after which we recommend you check in regularly via the black “Program Blog” button at the top of this page.

Beyond this proactive approach to communication during the trip, most destinations are wired enough to allow participants semi-regular access to WiFi so you can also expect to communicate with your traveler directly. Ask your Walking Tree representative about the degree of connectivity on your program.


GLC Curriculum

Walking Tree has developed a curriculum of activities meant to help travelers get the most out of their trip before departure, during travel and after they return home. These simple and engaging activities are meant to spark discussion, frame experiences, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively both on this trip and on future adventures.

For more information about student learning objectives and the format of the curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.

Learn More About the GLC

To view and complete the Pre-Program Activities, visit our online portal at the button below.

Pre-Program Activity Portal

Standards of Behavior

In order to run a safe and successful program, it is important that we create an environment of trust, security and respect. All individuals participating in our programs are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of behavioral conduct.


  1.  Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs.
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of, or are consuming, or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs.
  3. Behaving in a way that consistently damages the group dynamic or jeopardizes personal or group safety.
  4. This includes consistently displaying a negative attitude, intimidating or excluding other participants, sneaking out, disobeying group leaders, and any other behavior that is not conducive to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.


  1. Getting a piercing or tattoo.
  2. Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials.
  3. Threatening physical or emotional harm, or brandishing a weapon.
  4. Possessing, consuming, or distributing tobacco or nicotine, including vape pens.
  5. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle.
  6. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew.
  7. Breaking group rules.

These standards of behavior are essential for the successful completion of your program. Please take the time to review these as a family and make sure everyone understands and agrees to them.

Health and Safety


While we work hard to ensure the safest experience possible for our travelers on program, experience teaches that travel is never without risk. For this reason, we recommend that all travelers consider a travel insurance policy with  two additional provisions: Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) and Bed Rest. Detailed explanations of both provisions can be found on the link below.

To provide families with a quality option, Walking Tree has partnered with Travel Insured International, one of the most respected providers in the industry.  Begin by getting a quote here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in order to secure coverage with CFAR included, you must purchase the plan within 21 days of your deposit/first payment. You must also insure 100% of your trip cost, so program tuition + flight.