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Sustainable pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

Sustainable pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela begins its history more than a thousand years ago. The story goes that the remains of the Apostle Santiago (today known as Santiago de Compostela) were found there. Its great importance has allowed that today, it is a pilgrimage center, which some are encouraged to compare with others as important as Rome and Jerusalem.

There are different paths to follow, the primitive path was started by King Alfonso II, who is considered the first pilgrim, since at the moment of being notified of the find, he sets out from Oviedo without hesitation. Although currently it is a route that has been forgotten.

On the other hand, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Francés is considered the first Jacobean route. Starting from Roncesvalles or St Jean de Pied de Port, the extensive route covers almost 900 kms. In addition, it is the most chosen route, through it two countries and countless cultures cross. You will find dozens of options to travel this beautiful route. For beginners, experts or families. Options on foot, by bike or by car. With luxury hotels, massages after each stage and even options where you can go with your pet.

Every year that passes, more and more people join in this beautiful experience, so enriching on a spiritual and physical level. In 2018 alone, more than 300,000 pilgrims have arrived looking for this special connection between nature and faith. In addition, one of the sustainable initiatives of the Tee Travel agency, for those who wish to join the Camino de Santiago, is Camino Clean, a proposal that arises from the need to conserve the environment. You can learn about the decalogue on which the Camino Clean initiative is based, comprised of simple measures that, if we all apply, can lead to a great change in the environment in which we live.

Because this experience is unique and we all have the right to enjoy it, therefore, we must ensure that future generations can also access it.

Here we tell you what the Camino Clean initiative is based on:

1- Enjoy and respect our planet: from their motto they pose ‘leave your mark without leaving your mark’. And how important it is for us, human beings, to learn to enjoy our environment without altering it. Just be able to be observers. Preserving heritage is everyone's duty. Because if you think our planet is worthy of admiration, chances are that future generations will also believe it.

2-Take care of the road: from Tee Travel they support to make a path in peace and silence, a path in which animals are not disturbed or flora damaged. Help keep the route free of trash so that everyone can enjoy it; generates less waste while consuming less. Also, during your pilgrimage, you have the opportunity to renounce the use of polluting transport. The path gives you the opportunity to live, at least for a few days, in a sustainable way.

3- Collaborate with local businesses: During your journey, bet on helping fair trade and thus favoring local enrichment. Ask yourself where your money will go, and that it has a positive impact. Support small business owners and pay them what they think their work is worth. Small everyday gestures help support entire populations. Be interested in their culture, traditions and customs. His past will help you understand his present. Connect with the residents, discover the local customs. You will see that everyone has something valuable to offer.

Video: Pilgrimage The Camino de Santiago 2016 2018 (October 2020).