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.
Quick shout-out to a supporter of this blog—Karin Kiser, author, peregrina and Camino angel—who recently published two mini guidebooks, Your Inner Camino and After the Camino.
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).
In November 2015, Cathy and David came up to Oakland for a NorCal Chapter event, A Walk in the Redwoods.In January 2016, she and I organized the Santa Cruz Coastal Hike.
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.
You can find other Camino routes linked under the Route Reports drop-down menu, and on the Camino Routes page. If you would like to be a Route Reporter, contact me.
One thought on “Cathy’s Camino Tips: Baggage Transport”
I’ve been following your blog with interest and has helped me in the writing my novel.
My novel, The Catching of the Camino Wind was published on the 31 July. It is available on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=jim+yates&ref=nb_sb_noss.
I wrote this after completing my 800kl Camino Frances walk from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago on the west coast of Spain. Many who walk it write an article or blog about but I decided to make novel of it instead.
Here is the blurb for the novel:
Avril is walking the Camino Francés in the hope of ridding herself of an inner demon that has cursed her young life when she meets Giovanni who has suffered a personal tragedy. He is in a dark place and needs rescuing. He had a dream directing him to walk the Camino. He undertakes it, but is an awkward and reluctant pilgrim. Riku, a Japanese zoologist, has his normally calm and relaxed nature shaken when he meets Ella; a Bulgarian Environmentalist with a carefree and cheeky disposition – Zeeta, a Parisian poet is out to discover the secrets of the universe but finds the philosophy of a Greek prison officer more appealing. Geordie is out to test his strength and mental agility to mark his seventieth birthday and discovers more about himself on the Camino that he had in his entire life. What do these pilgrims and others walking the Camino Francés have in common? What is it that binds them together, making them reveal secrets to each other they have never reveal to their closest friends or family? Could it be love or is it just the magical charm of the Camino effect? Be humoured, shocked and surprised by this unusual love story that blossomed on the road to Santiago.