The Camino Way

About the Experience

The legendary Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage designed to stretch both your mind and hamstrings. “The Way” will stir all your senses as you follow the historic route as it curves through the verdant northwest coast of Spain.

In the company of like-minded women, you will explore the final 108 kilometers of the Camino at a pace that encourages leisurely café con leches in the morning sun and restorative stays at welcoming rural hotels en route. The relaxed itinerary allows for complete immersion and soulful meditation in the ever-changing landscape of eucalyptus-perfumed forests, sleepy pastoral villages, imposing churches and limestone architecture that are synonymous with the UNESCO World Heritage site. Fuelled by impromptu tapas and celebrated local wines with new friends, the distance is often forgotten over easy conversation and the rhythm of footfalls.

While the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and burial place of apostle Saint James signifies the monumental end of the Camino, the winding journey is where the magic lies. Walking alongside century-old corn cribs and moss-shrouded stone walls buoyed by the tinkle of distant church bells will be felt and heard long after you kick off your dusty hiking boots in Santiago.

The completion of the nine-day hike becomes instantly tangible with the official Compostela passport stamp that is awarded to pilgrims who have made the physical, mental and spiritual commitment.

Isn’t it time you walked in a brave, new direction?

 

 

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The Camino Way

About the Experience

The legendary Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage designed to stretch both your mind and hamstrings. “The Way” will stir all your senses as you follow the historic route as it curves through the verdant northwest coast of Spain.

In the company of like-minded women, you will explore the final 108 kilometers of the Camino at a pace that encourages leisurely café con leches in the morning sun and restorative stays at welcoming rural hotels en route. The relaxed itinerary allows for complete immersion and soulful meditation in the ever-changing landscape of eucalyptus-perfumed forests, sleepy pastoral villages, imposing churches and limestone architecture that are synonymous with the UNESCO World Heritage site. Fuelled by impromptu tapas and celebrated local wines with new friends, the distance is often forgotten over easy conversation and the rhythm of footfalls.

While the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and burial place of apostle Saint James signifies the monumental end of the Camino, the winding journey is where the magic lies. Walking alongside century-old corn cribs and moss-shrouded stone walls buoyed by the tinkle of distant church bells will be felt and heard long after you kick off your dusty hiking boots in Santiago.

The completion of the nine-day hike becomes instantly tangible with the official Compostela passport stamp that is awarded to pilgrims who have made the physical, mental and spiritual commitment.

Isn’t it time you walked in a brave, new direction?

 

 

DAY ONE: TOUCHDOWN IN LUGO

Your Wild Women pilgrimage begins! Double-knot those shoelaces! Lugo (formerly known as Lucus Augusti) is the only city in the world to be surrounded by still-intact 3rd Century Roman walls. Meet your wolf pack in the hotel lobby at 4pm and ease into the Spanish panoramas and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gothic churches, cloisters, dramatic towers and iconic gates. After your paseo (walk), discover edible Spain at a lively café. Yes, we’re talking tempting tapas and vino tinto (red wine). To acclimate, it’s best to absorb the colourful atmosphere of this cosmo city by people-watching and tasting what lies ahead.

 

DAY TWO: STARTING IN SARRÍA

Shake away the jetlag and meet your groupies at 9:00 AM. You can nod off on the 40-minute bus ride to Sarría but you’ll probably want to take in the shiny new view. This is where you will officially begin your Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Soon your eyes alert and adept in finding the sometimes surreptitious yellow arrows and scallop shells that indicate the Camino route through the storied Galicia region.The last 110-kilometers of the 800km-long Camino de Santiago are well-populated as pilgrims must walk at least 100km to qualify for the coveted Compostela.

You will meet pilgrims from all over the world, many with patriotic flags sewn onto their packs. Don’t forget yours! The Camino knows no age, gender, geography, race or skill level. Different languages and landscapes converge in the energy of “The Way” and the fever pitch is palpable! A support van will be available if you would like assistance on any part of this journey. Emotional baggage can be heavy enough, let us help you with your physical load!

  • Hiking Distance: 18 km

 

DAY THREE: PORTOMARIN – AIREXE

Starting in Portomarin, marvel at the relocation of the entire city! When the Miño River was dammed in the 1960s, the original village location was flooded and larger buildings were moved higher up the mountain. And we think moving to a new house or apartment is a big deal! Later, leave the urban rumbles and congestion behind as you cut through the magical woods and to your high point (and possibly highlight of the day): Sierra Ligonde. Have your camera on your hip to capture the unbeatable surrounds. History seeps in as the Camino passes by ancient pilgrim hospices (back when a horn of wine cured all). Summit in Airexe where you can pull off your merino wool socks for the day. Your work here is done! Find a seat on the group shuttle back to your hotel for an evening of reflection and relaxation.

  • Hiking Distance: 17 km

 

DAY FOUR: AIREXE – O COTO

Begin your day royally! The town of Palas de Rei was trendy once-upon-a-time for Galician nobility and the likes of a 8th century Visigoth king. After a good dose of caffeine and perhaps a divine slice of tarte de Santiago, get ready for the twists and turns of the day as you approach San Xulian, a distinct Camino hamlet with a traditional 12th century church and trail shaded by tree canopy over two river valleys. At day’s end, you will be magically transported to your hotel for an indulgent shower, OMG dinner and dreamy sleep.

  • Hiking Distance: 16 km

 

DAY FIVE: O COTO – CASTAÑEDA

After breakfast, the sun will be on your shoulders onward to Leboreiro (if only that word could be used in Scrabble! So many vowels!). This village and the medieval hamlet of Furelos are both showstoppers with their storybook bridges. Artists and poets would kill for inspirational views like this! Later, in Melide, you must drop your pack and experience the famous Pulperia. Galicia has many gourmand specialties but the Pulpo Gallego (steamed octopus) is a rite of passage. After lunch, the Camino rises and falls, splitting through tiny villages and skyscraper forests until Castañeda. Here, limestone was carried from Triacastela and fired in the kilns before being taken to Santiago to build the mighty cathedral. If your pack is feeling heavy, be glad it’s not limestone you’re carrying!

  • Hiking Distance: 17 km

 

DAY SIX: CASTAÑEDA – SALCEDA

Rising and shining is easy with the magnetic pull of Santiago under your feet. After a shuttle back to the trail, lean into the challenging climb and descent as the reward is huge. Located on the banks of the River Iso, Ribasdiso is home to the oldest albergue on the Camino(formerly a 15th century pilgrim hospital). After your History 101 lesson, climb to the town of Arzua, famous for Tetilla, a bosom-shaped cheese. Really! Ask your guide about the tall tale of Tetilla! In the afternoon, walk through sweet hamlets, inhale the fragrance of eucalyptus forests and run your hand along ancient moss-covered stone walls. Fun trivia: Rua, Calzada, and Calle are villages that all refer to the word ‘road’ in recognition of the centuries-old pilgrimage trail to Santiago. You can rest your Fitbit in Salceda where the shuttle will take to your hotel and pillow. It’s the end of your rua for the day.

  • Hiking Distance: 19 km

 

DAY SEVEN: SALCEDA – LAVACOLLA

As the Pet Shop Boys suggested in 1993, “Go West!” Descending westward from Alto de Santa Irene, through a sentry of eucalyptus trees and the villages of Rua and Amenal, get charged up for the final climb of the route! Skirting around the airport below the jetstream-streaked sky, you will arrive in Lavacolla. Legend has it that pilgrims would bathe in the shallow stream to arrive in Santiago clean in spirit and body. You can enjoy a contemporary take on the Lavacolla tradition or just lava and have a cola after a shuttle to your hotel. Santiago is just around the corner and an evening spent swapping stories with your group will elevate the anticipation!

  • Hiking Distance: 17 km

 

DAY EIGHT: LAVACOLLA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

The last day of the Camino is always one of mixed emotions. Take it all in stride and let your mind revisit all the colourful days behind you. Today you will climb from Lavacolla to the famed “Mount Joy”(Monte del Gozo) where, if you are lucky and not daydreaming, you will catch your first tingle-inducing glimpse of the cathedral of Santiago’s towers.Tradition dictates that if you are the first one in your group to sight the church towers, you can officially change your name to King (Rey, Leroy, Le Roi) or convince any group members who didn’t read this itinerary closely to buy you a beer instead!
Unbelievably, your Camino journey ends at the steps of the cathedral today. Shine up your hiking boots, sniff around for your freshest-smelling shirt, charge your camera and gather for a deserved celebratory dinner with the gals.

  • Hiking Distance: 11 km

 

DAY NINE: TOUR END – BUEN CAMINO

After a leisurely breakfast of recounted stories and laughs, a local tour guide and historian will ask you to “shhh” for a while as she shows you the most impressive sights of the city and cathedral on a two-hour guided walking tour. Because you are going to miss spending your day walking! Say goodbye to your newfound girl gang–or, maybe you will plan where your next walk around the world will be together!

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