After 20 years of walking the Camino de Santiago, I must confess I don’t think I have previously explored fully what it means to be a pilgrim. This year, with at least half of our tours canceled due to the pandemic, I have had occasion to really think about it.
We have some ideas for Camino-related stocking fillers to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas and beyond.
In 2018, 164,836 women traveled the Camino de Santiago. In fact, there were more female pilgrims (50.35%) on the road than men. At Duperier’s Authentic Journeys we have lots of women on our tours who come alone, looking for safety, support, and a lovely group of people to walk with. They follow a tradition stretching back to medieval times, when women traveled to Santiago de Compostela, usually by horse rather than on foot. We spoke to Dr. Anne E. Bailey of the Faculty of History, University of Oxford about the history of female pilgrims on the Camino.
Pilgrims visiting Melide wonder why this crux has shows Christ with his arm hanging down. Is he pointing the way towards Santiago? We look at the possibilities.
This Thanksgiving we would like to thank all of our clients who have chosen us to help make their pilgrimage on the Camino happen.
We spoke to Annie O’Neil, the director and producer of the inspiring documentary ‘Phil’s Camino’ that follows the journey of Phil Volker, a man with Stage 4 cancer, and tells of his dream to walk the Camino.
Mary Ellen Boyd reveals what motivated her to explore the St. James Way and how it has inspired her to walk more.
Inspired by a film and friends, Rhonda and Ron Schlupp, decided to walk the Camino with Duperier's Authentic Journeys. They share the highlights of their walking tour with us.
We had the pleasure of walking with Patricia Schultz, author of the phenomenally successful travel book 1000 Places to See Before You Die on the León to Santiago de Compostela leg of the Camino. Here, Patricia shares her thoughts on her experience with us.