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2022 Camino Guides
The 2022 Camino guides will be coming out little by little, most of them by the end of 2021. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.


  1. maryloufrommadison

    Travel company or do it myself?

    I plan to start my first Camino (Frances) next April, at age 72. I am female, and will be traveling alone at this point. I am trying to decide if I should use a travel company to make hotel reservations (better sleep, assured of a bed, lessen the risk of Covid) vs. staying in albergues...
  2. C clearly

    How can I use the forum to browse and find information?

    This post might be helpful if you are a new forum user or even a long-time member who has noticed some changes that Ivar has recently made on the forum. Be assured that these changes should not affect the way you have been interacting here on the forum. The main/front page of the forum (that...
  3. C clearly

    What do you like to do when you get to Santiago?

    I realize this has been discussed before, but maybe it's time to reminisce about what we have done, or plan to do, when we arrive in the city of Santiago. I have a favourite place to stay - Hospederia San Martin Pinario, on the pilgrim floor, because it has everything I really want (bed...
  4. LineDenmark

    Do you have tips for meeting people on the Camino?

    While waiting for the world to reopen I am planning my next Camino experience, probably like most of you. I did some of the Camino Frances in 2019. It was a life changing experience for me and I'm proud that I did it alone. I met and talked to many people on the way, but mostly I walked alone...
  5. peregrina2000

    How do you choose your first Camino route?

    Since there seems to be an uptick in optimistic potential pilgrims on the forum, I thought I would raise this issue for broader discussion. It has been discussed before, but fresh eyes and thoughts might be energizing. If you are a newbie, and if you are like me, when you started planning...
  6. jungleboy

    What does the 'spirit of the camino' mean to you?

    I searched for an existing thread like this and although I found a few that mention the camino spirit, I didn't find one where different people explained what it meant to them. The spirit of the camino is a feeling experienced on the trail that can be hard to define or to explain to...
  7. P

    Which size rucksack?

    Can any one advise me which is the size ruck sack in liters do most people take walking the Camino?
  8. henrythedog

    If you set out as a walker, did you become a pilgrim?

    I’m not a philosopher - nor would I say I’m especially religious. (Baptised into the Church of England, therefore belief in God optional) I have ‘camino’d four times so far and intend to carry on twice each year. I set out as a walker - but always find there is something ‘other’ which I feel...
  9. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    This feels like the right year for me to walk the Camino-- much change in my life, and many "What's it all about?" questions to chew on. But I'm feeling fear, because I'm not in the best shape of my life. If it's possible to "train as I go," I'd really like to get on the road in May-- before...
  10. Robo

    What is Your Average Walking Distance per Day?

    There have been a few new Pilgrims on the forum recently who seem worried about the distance they 'have' to walk each day. Of course the daily distance is a totally personal thing. So as to make this poll as scientific as possible, this Poll relates to the Camino Frances only and during good...
  11. B

    First-timer female - go it alone or with a tour group?

    I'm planning to hike for one week as that's all I can take off from my job - never been to Spain - female, age 60, doesn't speak the language. Is it wise to sign on with a tour group so I know where I will be staying each night, as well as not going solo? If so, can any companies be...
  12. BrendanB

    What to call it - El Camino or The Way?

    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and was wondering what do you refer to the Camino as? El Camino or The Way? I have heard from people in Santiago that a lot of people from the States and England refer to it as The Way while most europeans refer to it as El Camino. Can anyone help a fellow...
  13. SYates

    What do those Abbreviations/Acronyms mean?

    I put this in here because I feel it is most useful for new members, if I am wrong dear mods, please move it ;-) I just realise that we use quite a few abbreviations on this forum, some specific, some not specific to the Camino. I also noted that some newer members are a bit shy to ask what we...
  14. Albertinho

    How much should your donation be ?

    imagine ! You are walking and arrive at a "private" albergue that seems to be the house of a private family who open their house for pilgrims on their way to Santiago. You get a clean bed in a common room, you share with 10 or more others. There are hot showers ,toilets, room to wash and dry...
  15. sillydoll

    What is the significance of the modern Credencial?

    The first modern 'credencial' was issued in the late 1950's to road pilgrims who followed a road map of routes for pilgrims and tourists which was published for the 1954 Holy Year. Five road routes leading tourists and tourist-pilgrims to Santiago were developed closely following what would...
  16. peregrina2000

    How do you choose the route for your first Camino?

    Now that the Camino Frances is gaining so much in popularity, two things have happened. First, there is a much larger number of "newbies" on the forum who are looking for information about "the Camino" and are planning to walk "the Camino." But then second, since so many of us have been back...
  17. Darren John

    What are some traditions along the Camino Frances?

    Hi everybody! Can anyone help me with some of the traditions along the french way? Things to see and do, or maybe places to visit. Much Thanks Darren
  18. S

    What causes people to stop their caminos?

    This is my first post. I have been reading this forum and intensely researching the Camino de Santiago for a few years now. I am very interested in walking the camino for about three weeks starting in Le Puy in June 2015. I am wondering what are the reasons some people end their walks...
  19. riatolken

    How many Km/day?

    I have looked at the guidebooks, and are planning to try and stick to the suggested walking distance per day (Bierkley), but would any of you suggest that you can walk on some of the days more km than was suggested in the guidebook? I do not want to rush, would like to do sightseeing in the late...
  20. C

    What was your first day like?

    First day on the Camino. It is said that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. I was no exception. I had micro-planned myself from my home in the Beaches, Toronto to Pamplona in Northern Spain. Subway to the Red Rocket, then to Pearson Airport then to Schipol Airport then to...