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Less pilgrims in Burgos, more in Santiago

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Too many and too often!
When I saw a similar story on the same figures a couple of days ago I looked at the pilgrim office Compostela statistics for 2018, 2017 and 2016. Comparing numbers starting from SJPDP, Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Burgos, Leon, Astorga and Ponferrada. In every case but one there have been decreases in numbers both in 2017 and 2018. Not a huge drop but I found it significant that numbers on the earlier stages of the Camino Frances are actually declining when other Caminos are seeing large increases.


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I think @Bradypus is right, pilgrims switching to other Caminos is a big, contributing factor!
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Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
I've only walked 2 Caminos, but I never stayed in albergues in large cities. Same with many I've walked with. I wonder if a contributing factor might be the stronger economy of the past few years, and that the increase in peregrinos from other countries is a somewhat wealthier population that can afford other lodging options?


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CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I also agree with Brady and Ms. Yates. I think as more people do multiple caminos and people who wish to experience a first "mellower" camino we will see increases on other camino routes.


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What about all the pilgrims who start from Sarria? Wouldn't that account for higher numbers arriving in Santiago and fewer passing through earlier towns?

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