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Our Women Want Adventure experience will be an authentic Pilgrimage advneture. We will set off early each day, and on average we will walk 20kms daily. On our first day in Ponferrada, we will register as Pilgrims, collect our Scallop shell (which identifies us as Pilgrims) and our Credencial del Peregrino (which must be stamped at least daily to identify us as valid Pilgrims).
On the last day of our walk, at Santiago, we will apply for our Compostela. This is the ancient certificate we receive (in Latin) which proves our Pilgrimage. We will also attend the Mass in Santiago. Both these experiences are high points of our trip.
To begin this trip, all the women in the group will meet at Hotel Temple Ponferrada at 5pm on Thursday 19th September, 2019.
The Hotel is just 1km from the bus station and minutes from the ancient and imposing 12th Century Knights Templar Castle (The Knights Templar were the religious sect which guarded the Camino in days gone by).
The Camino de Santiago is known in English as the Way of Saint James. It is a prilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Saint James are buried. For over a thousand years pilgrims have followed its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in walking “The Way”. For the modern day Pilgrim walking offers the chance to slow down from the hectic pace of modern life, and revert to a gentler, more reflective rhythm.
Walking often gives rise to insights, as distractions are less and you have time to explore and notice the landscapes in more detail. Walking is also an intimate activity, and conversation tends to flow easily with any walking companions.
The camaraderie amongst walkers is many people’s favourite experience of their Camino, not to mention the simplicity of the daily routines and leaving behind outside worries.
In fact, your new worries just become your potential blisters on your feet!
* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.
Women can expect around 6 hours of walking each day in mild (temp range on average is 11-25C) conditions. There will be dirt trails, lots of forested paths, quiet roads and some busy roads. The distances are long, however it is easy walking. Women should feel comfortable walking distances of up to 20km each day. We will, however, have a vehicle with us, and you will able to be transported if you are tired. The car will only be a phone call away!
It is important to walk regularly before heading off on this trip. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable experience you will have. The best way to train is to walk at least 2 times per week for distances of around 5-10km with some hills.
If you have hiking boots, wear them in so they are comfortable and will not cause you blisters.
Note* Not everyone wears hiking boots on the Camino. We recommend a waterproof hiking shoe or even a running shoe which is waterproof. It's best to bring two pairs of shoes with you.
Use the day pack you will wear on the Camino trail in your practice walks and enjoy your pre-training with friend.
I'm so glad I said YES to this experience.Incredible experience to walk the Camino Trail with a group of fun, supportive women. The food is incredible, the company fabulous and the trails walked filled with culture and stories.