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Caminos Salvador/Primitivo Guidance in Leon

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SoLive

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
I am currently on the CF & walking into Leon in an hour but can’t remember where I was to go in Leon to get updated/current info (guides, accommodations, weather & if necessary new pilgrims passports) to start my Salvador/Primitivo Caminos. Any & all help is appreciated!!
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
Go to albergue St Maria (convent). It is the main pilgrim albergue anyway. They have info there on the Salvador and that is where you collect the unique credential for the Salvador.

You are gonna love it!

Davey
 

Purky

The Dutch guy
Camino(s) past & future
Reality is frequently inaccurate
I am currently on the CF & walking into Leon in an hour but can’t remember where I was to go in Leon to get updated/current info (guides, accommodations, weather & if necessary new pilgrims passports) to start my Salvador/Primitivo Caminos. Any & all help is appreciated!!
And for Ender's comprehensive guide for the Salvador, click here.
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
Please note that lots of albergues and accommodation on the Primitivo are closing up now; the window for safe travel on the higher elevations is shutting down. You will have to ask consistently about trail conditions and accommodations ahead. THINK TWICE about doing this mountain route now, especially if you are not an experienced high-altitude backpacker. The weather is getting quite iffy!
 

SoLive

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
Please note that lots of albergues and accommodation on the Primitivo are closing up now; the window for safe travel on the higher elevations is shutting down. You will have to ask consistently about trail conditions and accommodations ahead. THINK TWICE about doing this mountain route now, especially if you are not an experienced high-altitude backpacker. The weather is getting quite iffy!


Thank you ‘Rebekah Scott’! Because of you & a couple of others’ suggestions I will be making my trek to Monesterio San Toribio (driving a re Atl from Leon) on Monday & spending the night in Leon before beginning the Camino Salvador on Tuesday! I promise I will heed your advice & the advice given in Oviedo concerning both the Salvador & Primitivo routes!!!
 

SoLive

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
Thank you ‘Rebekah Scott’! Because of you & a couple of others’ suggestions I will be making my trek to Monesterio San Toribio (driving a rental car from Leon) on Monday & spending the night in Leon before beginning the Camino Salvador on Tuesday! I promise I will heed your advice & the advice given in Oviedo concerning both the Salvador & Primitivo routes!!!
 

SoLive

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
Let me correct myself: meant ‘THANKS to you & a couple of others’ tips/suggestions’ I will be able to include a part of my Camino that was very important to me. Hence my brief road trip to Santo Toribio! Thanks again!!
 

Sitkapilgrim

member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragon/CF 08, Arles 10, Le Puy 12, Geneva 14, VdlP 15, Norte/Primitivo 15, VF 17, Levante 18, Moz 19
Thank you ‘Rebekah Scott’! Because of you & a couple of others’ suggestions I will be making my trek to Monesterio San Toribio (driving a re Atl from Leon) on Monday & spending the night in Leon before beginning the Camino Salvador on Tuesday! I promise I will heed your advice & the advice given in Oviedo concerning both the Salvador & Primitivo routes!!!
just for your future planning: Sto. Toribio is the start of another fabulous and quiet mountain camino: the Vadiniense! Lots of info right here on the forum!
Let me correct myself: meant ‘THANKS to you & a couple of others’ tips/suggestions’ I will be able to include a part of my Camino that was very important to me. Hence my brief road trip to Santo Toribio! Thanks again!!


So Live: I am currently on the Camino Salvador, day 4 and everything is open and the weather is brilliantly fine. I spoke with Enders yesterday and the albergues on this Camino generally remain open. Of course one wouldn’t want to do this route in deep snow, unless experienced in that kind of wilderness travel. Right now couldn’t be better. I have done the Primitivo a few years ago in early November , albergues were generally open and the weather was spectacular. But then I am from Alaska, and prefer cooler weather.
 

SoLive

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
So Live: I am currently on the Camino Salvador, day 4 and everything is open and the weather is brilliantly fine. I spoke with Enders yesterday and the albergues on this Camino generally remain open. Of course one wouldn’t want to do this route in deep snow, unless experienced in that kind of wilderness travel. Right now couldn’t be better. I have done the Primitivo a few years ago in early November , albergues were generally open and the weather was spectacular. But then I am from Alaska, and prefer cooler weather.
OMG!, this post couldn’t be more timely! I woke up in the middle of the night wondering about both Caminos (Salvador & Primitivo) & praying that the possibilities might still be available & reasonable! This gives me greater & continuing hope! My Camino has been AMAZING so far & I’d love to be able to continue!!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! As of now I should start Camino Salvador on Tuesday!
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
OMG!, this post couldn’t be more timely! I woke up in the middle of the night wondering about both Caminos (Salvador & Primitivo) & praying that the possibilities might still be available & reasonable! This gives me greater & continuing hope! My Camino has been AMAZING so far & I’d love to be able to continue!!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! As of now I should start Camino Salvador on Tuesday!
Let us know how you get on!

Davey
 

SoLive

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
Let us know how you get on!

Davey
Thank you Davey for the request!!!

Well today was the latest I’ve started out (10-10:30am) but it was a gorgeous day & I made it to La Robla! Planning on Enders’ 5 day itinerary that stops in Benduenos (if I can get in) & it looks like the weather should be warm & beautiful up to the 5th day, where temps are expected to drop drastically & SNOW was mentioned before I left Leon!

One quick question: How can I thwart the swarms of gnats that bombarded me today?! I’m hoping that an earlier start time will help! Otherwise I’m planning on wearing my mesh laundry bag over my head/face as a makeshift ‘mosquito/gnat’ netting!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
If you are planning on Benduenos, maybe check to see if Sandra is still there at this time...they will know in previous albergues, particularly Pajares. Buen camino.
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
Thank you Davey for the request!!!

Well today was the latest I’ve started out (10-10:30am) but it was a gorgeous day & I made it to La Robla! Planning on Enders’ 5 day itinerary that stops in Benduenos (if I can get in) & it looks like the weather should be warm & beautiful up to the 5th day, where temps are expected to drop drastically & SNOW was mentioned before I left Leon!

One quick question: How can I thwart the swarms of gnats that bombarded me today?! I’m hoping that an earlier start time will help! Otherwise I’m planning on wearing my mesh laundry bag over my head/face as a makeshift ‘mosquito/gnat’ netting!
I have never had a gnat problem there so I don't know, hopefully they will be a less of a problem the higher you get!

Keep up inquiring about the weather conditions ahead and looking forward to hearing how you get on.

Ultreia Peregrina!
Davey
 

MileHighPair

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012, '14: Frances
2015: Chimayo, USA.
2016, '17: VdlP
2018: Madrid, Ourense, Salvador, Primitivo
Thank you Davey for the request!!!

Well today was the latest I’ve started out (10-10:30am) but it was a gorgeous day & I made it to La Robla! Planning on Enders’ 5 day itinerary that stops in Benduenos (if I can get in) & it looks like the weather should be warm & beautiful up to the 5th day, where temps are expected to drop drastically & SNOW was mentioned before I left Leon!

One quick question: How can I thwart the swarms of gnats that bombarded me today?! I’m hoping that an earlier start time will help! Otherwise I’m planning on wearing my mesh laundry bag over my head/face as a makeshift ‘mosquito/gnat’ netting!
I had a bad gnat problem from Leon to La Robla in September also. You are absolutely correct, an earlier start will help a lot, they seem to become much more active as the temperature rises through mid-day. Buen Camino, you have a wonderful next 4 days!
 

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