Camino 101:What is the Camino de Santiago? History&Culture


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  • Group size 24 people
  • Instructor Local Camino Experts

Have you been dreaming about walking the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) pilgrimage route across northern Spain, but are not sure where to start? Let our experienced local pilgrims help you get started! This class will cover the historical and cultural background of the medieval Camino, as well as the practicalities of walking the route, including lodging at albergues, local food, and gear. Get tips on how to plan and train for the long distance walk, which Camino to choose, and the best times of year to go. Whether you are looking for adventure, a fitness challenge, or a spiritual pilgrimage, you will learn enough to know if the Camino de Santiago is the walk for you.

    Activity location

    West Des Moines REI

    5901 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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