From a pilgrim: Lost on the Camino

Hello my name is Martin from Brazil. A few years ago I was walking the Camino Portugues. One of the nice things about the Camino Portuges is that the paths are laid out very well and the arrow markers are everywhere so that you will not get lost. This works for most people but not me, I got lost!


I was walking down a grassy hill with bushes along the sides. At one point along the path it made an obvious curve. Unfortunately at that very moment I was focused on something else I can’t remember what but I did not catch that obvious curve. Instead I kept walking straight into slightly less developed path. After 10min of walking along I began to wonder where all the arrows were or where all the people had gone. I saw some paint on a stone that I swore could have looked like an arrow so I told myself I was still heading in the right direction. Despite that, I was still not convinced this was the right way. Thankfully I saw a construction worker on the field and I asked him politely where the path was and he pointed me back in the direction I came from. So I walked another 10-15min back before seeing the main path again. I was very relieved that I found my way back and that I asked the man where the path was. If I had continued down that road I would have lost a lot of very valuable time.

The point of this story is that when you feel like you are lost or that something is wrong you are probably right. Everything on the Camino is so well laid out that you should never feel like you’re lost. Always stay be cautious and alert!

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  1. danny 24. Dec, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    YOU think YOU had problems?!?!?you should have walked le chemin de vezelay…there are almost no other walkers(in one week, saw one other,but it was still marked very well…but…like you,i strayed.but fortunatly,i’m on a pension,had a one way ticket,so there was no hurry,and i never felt in danger from anyone i met.and like you,the local people were very helpful,and almost everyone knew the way back.
    but the french cathedrals are MAGNIFICENT!!!!…anyone interested in seeing tiny villages that are rarely visited,as opposed to 100,000 people walking through them each year,tombs of mary magdeline,and st.bernadette(which is next to the garden where she saw mother mary)should consider taking this route
    it is highly suggested

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    • Rich Schneller 02. Nov, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      Can you give advice on books or guides to the camino you describe…..sounds more my way….thanks in advance. RICH

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