Our experiences in the U.S. and abroad as we prepare for and trek on the Camino de Santiago.
Join Mark and Sandy as we prepare for the experience of a lifetime, hiking the 800k Way of St. James.
The Camino de Santiago, also known as el Camino de Santiago or the Way of Saint James, are actually several hiking routes that all lead to the city of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.
The Camino Frances is the most popular camino, starting in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France, climbing over the Pyrenees, and ending up about 32 days later in the town of Santiago de Compostela.
The origins of the Camino de Santiago goes back over a thousand years and it was an important christian pilgrimage route during the middle ages, all walking to seek forgiveness from St. James. It is though that the remains of the Apostle Saint James is buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
In modern times pilgrims walk it for many reasons, not only religious, and to be a pilgrim has changed its meaning over the years. What attracts people to the Camino de Santiago today is the mix of adventure, seeing northern Spain and its culture and the camaraderie that builds up over several weeks of walking. Pilgrims that walk come from all over the world and that creates a great environment. Mix that with some good spanish wine and food, and you have the perfect experience.
The entire experience will be blogged, from acquiring the necessary equipment, making our travel plans to Europe, and finally the rigorous daily hiking as we make our way toward Santiago de Compostela.