The "Ruta Quetzal BBVA" is a scholarship trip for Latin American and Spanish students, started by the desire of the king Juan Carlos I of Spain to create friendship between America and Spain, because of the historical link between them
Last year's expedition followed the St. James's Trail. Just a couple hours walking away from the walled city of Avila, the scenery completely changes, as the group goes farther inside the "deep Spain".
The St. James's Trail is mainly a Catholic pilgrimage route, because it leads to the city of Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the Apostle lay. Nonetheless, many non-believers walk the Trail because of his historical and cultural value.
The yellow arrows leading the way to the city are nowadays a traditional sight. But it wasn't like this when the former director of the Ruta Quetzal, Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo, first started painting them with a local Catholic priest years ago.
Some young expeditioneers’re having fun next to a pilgrim statue. The Ruta Quetzal BBVA is known for having changed the lives of more than 10,000 youngsters across the years, but mainly beacuse it established long term friendships all along the world