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My wife and I did the Camino Frances in July and August of 2017 from St Jean to Santiago in 34 days. It was an extraordinary pilgrimage for us -- a true 24/7 marriage encounter. We loved the fellow Pilgrims, the history, the culture and the food & wine. It was an amazing physical and spiritual journey. Our 17 and 19 year-old kids joined us at about the half-way point in Leon; our 22 year-old joined us all for the last 5 days from Sarria. Our family of 5 arrived happily together in Santiago on August 21. We recommend this trip with the highest possible acclaim. Go for it -- Buen Camino!

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1 month ago

Do it! Walked June-July, loads of wildflowers, amazing views, beautiful people, fun, friendly, can’t wait to walk again. Buen Camino!

This trek will change your like. Walked from France to the ocean in Spain. Saw amazing thing, met and made life-long friends from all over the world. Learned more about myself in 26 days than i had in 60 years. Get a small pack and your favorite shoes and walk. Most definitely recommended

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2 months ago

Completed this pilgrimage in fall 2017. Took us 5.5 weeks. Was an indescribable experience/journey, that will stay with us for life. Met so many wonderful people from all over the world. Made lifetime friends. We physically prepared some prior to start, but all-in-all, found that our bodies got in shape and trained while walking the Camino! Buen Camino!

hiking
2 months ago

good city to city/visit church hike. you get to stay at the church Lodge or others place 16 euro or cheaper. . easy but long walk. very long, go early when not too hot in the summer or Sept.

amazing great pilgrimage loads people to meet relatively cheap well accommodated for pilgrims

Completed the Camino Frances in May 2018. Though not a true backpacking experience it opened my eyes and it became the best and most exhilarating experience in my life. Definitely, addicting as I would love to return to the same route but take longer than 35 days to complete it. This time learn some Spanish before I go. You'll make friends for life and whatever you need, the Camino wil provide.

A walk around after finishing for the day

it was awesome !!!

epic. just do it

It is a lifetime experience to walk on Camino de Santiago. You cross mountains, plains, cities, towns, dessert and finish with at the ocean.

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5 months ago

I have traveled the Camino Frances twice: once in March-May 2018 (33 days); once March-April 2019 (28 days). There are many cheap albergues, as well as private rooms and hotels along the way. In 2018, I had a lot of blisters and a terrible weather at first, but it was followed by many sunny days. This year, 2019, I also experienced adverse weather conditions in the beginning, but not as severe as last year, followed by generally cloudy days with intermittent sunshine. I prefer the months of March-April to walk in the Camino because it is not so hot, it is not as crowded and the accommodations are more available and slightly cheaper than during the high season from May to September. This is a long distance hike that has the most amenities as any other long distance hike in the world. It's as inspiring as it is cultural, and it allows you to meet people from all over the world. Below is a poem that I wrote that was inspired by the experience. Hope you enjoy. The Camino by Ricardo Moretti It started as an idea that became a dream. Fondly, I embraced the adventure of the Way and the footsteps of a 1,000 years and more. It was not without its ups and downs, and there were many, but the simple and easy ones. The end is here and I have learned something. A reality well-hidden but found on my rocky path called the Camino.

As tough as this walk can be both physically and mentally, it is equally (and even more so) as rewarding. The terrain itself is not overly difficult, but the distances, day after day, can be a challenge. Make sure you know where you’ll be getting your water and pack it accordingly. Some stretches without a water source are long and the heat can be life threatening without proper hydration. Do not underestimate this!! Also, though there is not any rock climbing, the trails can be very steep and go on for km after km. Make sure your knees are strong before you begin this trek. Downhill can be a big challenge after a few days. If you decide to do this amazing challenge I wish you a BUEN CAMINO!

My first long hike.... loved it!!!

Trail community is great! Some areas could use some trail maintenance and can be busy. Still, an amazing and addictive experience.

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10 months ago

I walked the Camino Frances in the fall of 2015, taking seven weeks. I plan to do it again in the spring of 2019. There were good days and some not-so-good days but every day had good parts to look back on.

Did this in 2014. It changed my life and continues to do so. Would recommend anyone to do this trek alone in its entirely. It's gifts are endless and keep on giving for years after.

The Camino is the hardest and best thing I have ever done.

I will never forget my camino, as it teaches you so many lessons. I loved how brutally honest it was... I knew I would be tested as soon as I left St. Jean Pied de Port, to climb my way up the Pyrenees Mountains. I knew it would not be physically easy, but that gave me a challenge to which I was dedicated. I was pretty confident physically, but mentally or spiritually is where I really needed the camino. Walking for that long gives you a lot of time to think about who you are and what you really want, but my pilgrimage is still not over even after I reached Santiago. I still need to walk, wander, and learn, but if there is any advice I can give you it is to always remember it is your choice whether or not to take the next step. (June 11 2018- July 5th 2018)

Books are written on this 1000 year old trail in Spain and Europe. Borrow a guide. Not wilderness, but a life pilgrimage.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Awesome experience, we did the last 100 + Km from Sarria

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Worth every challenge along The Way. Highly recommended for anyone who’s eager to get in touch with oneself, friends you just haven’t met before and beautiful scenery in North Spain.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Trip of a lifetime.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

2017. End of June - July. Walked the camino with daughter. It was wonderful! Strenuous, hot, foggy, rain, perfect weather. Will do again!

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