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  1. F

    Do we have to pre register before our trip?

    Do we register at Saint Jean Pied de Port when we're there, or can we pre register from the UK? Thanks Frosty.
  2. I

    Credentials (donativo)

    Credentials are now available in the UK from Peterborough Pilgrims. We have set up a site to enable all pilgrims to access our facility. So in the words of a very old TV show in the UK... Come on Down. Contact this site:-
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    What is a Compostela? What is it not?

    Along the way on my Camino and again in the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago I heard a number of people advising pilgrims that when they present themselves in the Pilgrim’s Office upon completion of the Camino, be sure to state that the Camino was completed for spiritual or religious purposes...
  4. JohnnieWalker

    Worried about getting a Credencial or Pilgrims' Passport?

    There have been a few posts from worried pilgrims asking where to get credenciales and also some reports that one or two of the usual sources in Spain and Portugal have temporarily run out. This can happen from time to time. Pilgrims use a credencial to collect stamps (called Sellos in Spain...
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    Possessing an articulateness that I lack, the American Pilgrims on the Camino encloses the following with its Credencial: Dear Friend of the Camino, Thank you for your request. I am pleased to enclose your Credencial, issued by American Pilgrims on the Camino. A few things to keep in mind as...
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    what exactly is a Holy Year?

    Hello, I walked the Camino Frances in 2003 and again in 2007 and was thinking about doing the northern route in May 2010. . .until I realized it is a Holy Year. What exactly IS a Holy Year, why is it so popular, and how much will it affect traffic for the whole year? Especially on the northern...
  7. D

    Doing the Camino on behalf of someone who has passed

    Hello to all, I have tried to find information on the topic of doing the Camino on behalf of some one who has passed. Can anyone advise me on the protocol and if the Compostela is issued in the deceased persons name or in my name. I understand that when asked the reasons for the pilgrimage that...
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    What percentage receive a Compostela?

    I had read that in any given year, only 15% of those that embark on the Pilgrimage actually complete it. Or at least that only 15% receive a Compostela. That seems like a very low figure, so I am curious to know if there is a place that I might get these figures. I have seen in the forum...
  9. I

    Credencial in Porto

    Hi, We are planning to start our pilgrim walk from Porto to Santiago next week and were wondering where we can get the pilgrim credential in Porto? Ivar Jovialus
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    3 Terms to Know

    The Credencial The credencial is a pass which allows overnight accommodation in refugios. Also known as the "Pilgrim's passport", the credencial is stamped with the official stamp of each refugio at which the pilgrim has stayed. It provides the pilgrim with a complete record of where he slept...
  11. ivar

    Where to aquire the Credential/Pilgrims passport?

    We have had a few good threads on this, please have a look here: viewtopic.php?t=49 and here: viewtopic.php?t=95 Greetings from Santiago, Ivar