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Camino de Invierno Backpack Transfer

StFina

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Camino(s) past & future
CF, June 2012
CF, July 2012
CF, September 2016
Camino Primitivo, May 2017, followed by Camino Frances, late May, 2017
Does anyone know if backpack transfers are available on the Camino de Invierno? Seems like Jacotrans and others concentrate on the Camino Frances. I am having shoulder surgery this week, and carrying a pack in April might be problematic. Much thanks - Steve
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
Does anyone know if backpack transfers are available on the Camino de Invierno? Seems like Jacotrans and others concentrate on the Camino Frances. I am having shoulder surgery this week, and carrying a pack in April might be problematic. Much thanks - Steve
Hi, Steve
I would be stunned to hear that there is backpack transfer on the Invierno. The one possibility I checked out was Correos, the Spanish postal system. I have never used this service, but I walked the Primitivo with several people who used it off and on and they were very happy about it. Maybe there is a camino on this list that you haven’t walked. But they don-t appear to serve the Invierno. https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/es/transporte-mochilas

I think taxis are the only option and that would probably be do-able because there are enough places along the Invierno likely to have taxis. It would be expensive, though, at least one euro a km.

Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery and hope you work your way back to full Camino form! Buen camino,Laurie
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
Steven, Billy says he’ll carry your stuff. It’s still less weight than he carried as a Ranger. Seriously. I’m looking at possible rotator cuff surgery in the future too, but not anytime soon. Quite the pair we are :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April-May 2018
Planning 2019
I came across a spanish websit that listed correos bag transfers along the inverno. I can't seem to locate it at this moment but yes correos does cover the inverno
 

StFina

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, June 2012
CF, July 2012
CF, September 2016
Camino Primitivo, May 2017, followed by Camino Frances, late May, 2017
Correos confirmed this morning that they do not cover the Invierno. Oh well........

Assuming I can't find a way to carry my stuff in a waist bag, Billy may be my mule. On my last Camino, everything I took weighed less than 5 pounds. I am looking to trim that weight even further. We can make a decision a week or two out. Much thanks to all for the input.
 

peregrina2000

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I came across a spanish websit that listed correos bag transfers along the inverno. I can't seem to locate it at this moment but yes correos does cover the inverno
I don’t think that’s right. If you go to the link in my post above, https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/es/transporte-mochilas you will see that they offer it on the Frances, Norte, Portugues (coastal and interior) and Primitivo.

I think the confusion may come from the fact that their website does provide info on stages for a larger number of caminos, including the Mozarabe and Invierno, but they don’t offer the “paq mochila” service for them. https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/es/los-caminos-de-santiago
 

t2andreo

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Camino(s) past & future
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C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
I agree with Laurie. There may be correos in some of the Invierno towns, but there is not likely enough volume yet for them to offer this service.

The Paq Mochila service piggybacks on regular postal movements. I suspect there is simply not enough postal business generally, to justify a driver and van to provide the needed relay service.

Where the Correos Paq Mochila service does exist, the reviews have been very good. At the first link above, I even found a single price of €52 to move a mochila 14 stagers from Oviedo to Santiago on the Primitivo. That was a surprise to me.

I am doing this route in early May. While sorely tempted, I am not ready to give up the flexibility of having my stuff with me at all times.

This said, you COULD send a piece of luggage or mochila from Ponferrada all the way into Santiago, direct, using the Correos. I did this in 2018. It worked great.

Also, I suppose it would be possible to send a mochila using the Correos from Ponferrada to an interim location with a fully service post office, using Listos Correos / Poste Restante, or even mailed direct to a reserved lodging. Get the place's approval first if sending to a hostal or hotel. But using the Correos to move your page to every nightly stop by shuttle van is not 'there' yet...IMHO

Good luck.
 

ranthr

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Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
correos bring your pack Mondays to Fridays but not in weekends or other public holydays on the Invierno. I used them for some of my days on the Invierno in May. You can't book it on the website but if you mail them you can book via mail and prepay by bank.
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
correos bring your pack Mondays to Fridays but not in weekends or other public holydays on the Invierno. I used them for some of my days on the Invierno in May. You can't book it on the website but if you mail them you can book via mail and prepay by bank.
WOW, that is great news, @ranthr. So glad you were able to clear that up. I will definitely make this item my first entry in my folder for "Invierno 2019 guide revisions."

OOPS, when I went to start this folder on my word processor, I realized that the 2019 guide was just published. I should have said that these are the first notes for the 2020 guide revisions!
 

ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
WOW, that is great news, @ranthr. So glad you were able to clear that up. I will definitely make this item my first entry in my folder for "Invierno 2019 guide revisions."

OOPS, when I went to start this folder on my word processor, I realized that the 2019 guide was just published. I should have said that these are the first notes for the 2020 guide revisions!
I mailed and asked since I did not find this camino on their packmochila web site. I used them all possible days, and one Saturday Ean offered to bring my bp to Chantada. Correos might of course have changed it this year, but they usually do not start until March except for the last part of Camino Francés, so it is best to mail them. I have used Correos twice and it has worked very well. In both cases I booked and paid ahead, sending a list of my places to stay. I made changes too and that worked well to.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
Correos confirmed this morning that they do not cover the Invierno. Oh well........

Assuming I can't find a way to carry my stuff in a waist bag, Billy may be my mule. On my last Camino, everything I took weighed less than 5 pounds. I am looking to trim that weight even further. We can make a decision a week or two out. Much thanks to all for the input.
Less than 5lbs.? Any chance you would post your packing list? Always interested in ways to lighten the load.
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
April 2019-Camino de Invierno
Correos confirmed this morning that they do not cover the Invierno. Oh well........

Assuming I can't find a way to carry my stuff in a waist bag, Billy may be my mule. On my last Camino, everything I took weighed less than 5 pounds. I am looking to trim that weight even further. We can make a decision a week or two out. Much thanks to all for the input.
That's what best friends are for :)
Between the two of us we got you covered. Plenty of room in our packs and I'm only carrying about 5kg plus water.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Correos confirmed this morning that they do not cover the Invierno. Oh well........

Assuming I can't find a way to carry my stuff in a waist bag, Billy may be my mule. On my last Camino, everything I took weighed less than 5 pounds. I am looking to trim that weight even further. We can make a decision a week or two out. Much thanks to all for the input.
correos bring your pack Mondays to Fridays but not in weekends or other public holydays on the Invierno. I used them for some of my days on the Invierno in May. You can't book it on the website but if you mail them you can book via mail and prepay by bank.
So, here we have two different answers to the same question. Ranthr and StFiina, how did you communicate with correos? Ranthr, you say that “if you mail them you can book via mail...” is this “snail mail” or “email”? I am assuming the latter, but since StFina got a different answer, just wondering what is going on.
 

ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
So, here we have two different answers to the same question. Ranthr and StFiina, how did you communicate with correos? Ranthr, you say that “if you mail them you can book via mail...” is this “snail mail” or “email”? I am assuming the latter, but since StFina got a different answer, just wondering what is going on.
I emailed. Had used them before, then also communicated by email. I think their email is on the camino con correos website.
 

ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
paqmochila@correos.com +34 683440022
I think the phonenumber is a Santiagonumber. I had one call and they spoke English, but I think it is easier to email.
 

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