Cathy Seitchik Diaz is currently walking the Camino Francés and has more useful tips which she would like to share to help pilgrims along the way. Today, she describes the different baggage transport services that she and David use. Even though they focus only on the Camino Francés, you will find some practical advice for any Camino route that you choose to walk. Below is the second post in the series of Cathy’s Camino Tips, fresh from the Francés!
Baggage Transport on the Camino
by Cathy Seitchik Diaz
– St Jean to Orisson
– Orisson to Roncesvalles
It cost 8€ each Transport.
Less expensive then knee surgery or a Physical Therapist.
Express Bourricott also is the company that picks up pilgrims at the Biarritz Airport.
1-4 people €89-€19 euros
5+ people – €19 euros each
– They are located just a few doors down from the Pilgrim OFFICE and across the street from the Pilgrim STORE.
31, Rue de la Citadelle
64220 St Jean Pied de Port. France
Tel: (+33) 6 61 96 04 76
Paq Mochila is an option offered by CORREOS for transporting your rucksack and suitcases to your chosen accommodation along the Way of St James. It will collect your items first thing in the morning at the accommodation stated and deliver them before 2.30 pm to your chosen hostel, hotel or lodging for the next stage. That way you can travel along the Way of St James unburdened by your luggage.
– On our 1st Camino in 2015, I injured my knee.
– David had the brilliant idea to buy one duffel bag and each lighten our packs a bit by Transporting some of our heavier things in the duffel bag and still carrying our backpacks with our most essentials.
– This worked so well, we continued in Camino 2016, 2027, 2018.
– We used JacoTrans and many of the wonderful local Pack Transport services.
– Near the end of the Camino last year we learned about …….
“El Camino con Correros” and their “PAQ MOCHILA” service.
– While in Santiago I went into the Correos Office near the Cathedral and the people there were SO Helpful, Kind, Attentive that I decided to try their “PAQ MOCHILA” service;
– Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia.
We can arrange 2-3 or more Transfers at a time or 1 at a time.
– If you are a person that likes to Reserve your Albergues, Hostals, Casa Rurales and even Hotels, in advance -you will love this!!
– If you have ANY questions, FB Message me, and I will give you all of my Correos Contact information and tell you how we did it.
Stay tuned for more of Cathy’s Camino’s Tips.
I met Cathy in spring 2015 when I first started to learn about the Camino de Santiago. She is truly passionate about it and loves to share tips and advice. Her detailed posts on her Facebook timeline showed a glimpse of what pilgrim life really entails—from camaraderie to injuries. I had the opportunity to interview her on a hike in Santa Cruz (see Pilgrim Interview: Cathy Seitchik Diaz).
She even wrote a guest post, Walking the Camino as a Couple, for the February “Camino Love” feature. Needless to say, Cathy is a great peregrina friend and a trusted source of pilgrim knowledge.
They have shared the stages the Camino Francés—complete with daily distances, photos, observations and useful tips—in a four-part series:
- Camino Francés Part 1 – Days 1-12
- Camino Francés Part 2 – Days 13-23
- Camino Francés Part 3 – Days 24-33
- Camino Francés Part 4 – Days 34-40
Cathy is, quite possibly, the world’s happiest pilgrim!
Cathy was interviewed on the Camino Podcast for the series about Camino Francés. You can listen to Episode 15 below. In this episode, conversations center on the first six stages of Camino Francés. The episode starts with Cathy Diaz reflecting on the first part of her pilgrimage—St. Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona/Cizur Menor. Rebecca Gallo picks it up from there and talks about the stretch leading to Los Arcos.