UTracks, Australia's leading active European holiday specialist has produced a new quick reference guide for travellers looking to take their first step towards 'doing the Camino'.
UTracks Camino expert, Jaclyn Lofts, said it's hoped the new guide will become a valuable starting point for people planning to undertake the iconic pilgrimage.
Ms Loft has walked the full Spanish Camino (790 kilometres) as well as sections of the Portuguese Camino and has presented Camino information nights at countless venues around the world.
“Each year around 200,000 people, from all walks of life, embark on a journey along part or all of the Camino de Santiago,” Ms Loft said.
“They all do different trails; that span France, Spain and Portugal. Some of them cycle, but most tend to walk.
“While there is a myriad of ways to walk 'The Way', when it comes to planning their journey, most prospective pilgrims have the same questions.
“What is the Camino? Why are there so many routes? Which one should I do? When should I go? How fit do I have to be?
“This resource guide not only answers these and other frequently asked questions but outlines the different Camino routes, explains the various Camino terminology and provides handy hints from members of our team who have done the Camino.
“Whether you have five days or 42; prefer France, Spain or Portugal; walking or cycling, guided or self-guided; there is something very unique about walking the Camino.”
The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of Saint James, is the name used to refer to all the routes that lead to where the apostle Saint James the Great is said to be buried. It has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages for more than 1,000 years. UTracks offers an extensive collection of walking and cycling trips, guided and self-guided, along the Spanish Camino, French Way of St James and the Portuguese Camino.
The brochure is available in print (call 1300 303 368 to order) or online at www.utracks.com