Camino 101: Walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain
Free for REI Members
Free for non-members
- Group size 70 people
- Instructor American Pilgrims
People have been walking across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago for over 1200 years. Originally, a religious pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. One of only two pilgrimage routes worldwide designated a UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrimage Route. Walked or biked by thousands each year for adventure, recreational, religious, spiritual and personal reasons. Hikers, called pilgrims or peregrinos backpack across the Pyrenees, through Basque Country, the Meseta and Galicia. Pilgrims stay at hostels (albergues) sharing the walk with people from all over the world. On the Camino de Santiago Frances Route there are over 600 established places to stay. Our annual Camino 101 is designed to help the first-time walker and offer support for future walkers. Learn about footwear, clothing, rain gear, backpacks, sleeping bags, trekking poles and other equipment that work best on Camino. We will demonstrate how to properly and efficiently fill your backpack keeping track of weight and long mileage requirements. We offer our experience in what to expect physically and emotional facing day to day challenges. Buen Camino to all!