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Take part in the Sustainable Camino: how to become an ecopilgrim

27-08-2019

The Camino de Santiago is becoming increasingly popular. During 2018, over 300.000 pilgrims walked the Camino de Santiago. The Camino’s rich natural environment is being affected by the harmful practices carried out by some pilgrims that dispose of waste on the Camino. Plastics, cans and even pieces of clothing and shoes can be found on a daily basis on the different routes. 

To fight these harmful practices and help promote the preservation of the Jacobean Route, Correos and Pilgrim unite to make the Camino de Santiago a more sustainable journey. For this, we invite pilgrims to become ecopilgrims and join us by walking respecting the environment and helping to take care of the Camino with small gestures. Participating in this initiative has a double reward: we are preserving the Route and you will get a gift for it.  Just by participating in this initiative you will receive a direct prize and you can also enter giveaways of fantastic gifts.

How do I become an eco pilgrim?

Becoming a part of our sustainable Camino is easy and it entails picking up any plastics and cans you find along your itinerary to Santiago. You can get your eco bags to carry the waste in our Correos Offices on the French Way from León to Santiago and on the Portuguese Way from Tui to Santiago. You can also ask for our bags in albergues, in any of the Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago or in Pilgrim.

 

To certify that you have completed your eco pilgrimage, you can download the Pilgrim App where you will find the ‘sustainable Credential’. Here you will collect your eco stamps. How can you do this? Follow these simple steps:

Pick up your ECO Bag at our participating Correos Offices

Fill up your bag with plastic and cans you find on the Camino

Go to any of our participating Correos Offices

Scan the QR code you will find in our office

Get your ECO stamp

Collect 4 ECO stamps and earn a certificate of your Sustainable Camino

 

Make sure to dispose of your waste in the nearest Yellow Recycle Bin.

 

Share your ecotips and enjoy the rewards

Picking up plastics and cans that people leave on the Camino is just one of the multiple gestures you can do to make the route more sustainable, but not the only one. Through this initiative we encourage you to share with us all your recommendations to keep the Camino clean and make it a sustainable place. Small actions can make the Camino a better place:

 

Don’t throw away your waste

Pick up and recycle plastic

Don’t harm the environment

Raise awareness among other pilgrims

 

If you become an ecopilgrim and share with us your ecotips, you can earn several prizes, including a holiday stay to enjoy nature.

To enter these giveaways you just have to follow these steps:

  1. Take a video or photo with your ecotips on how to maintain the Camino clean
  2. Share it on your Instagram account using the hashtag #CaminoSostenible.
  3. You will automatically enter weekly and monthly giveaways of multiple gifts and the chance to win a fantastic stay in nature in “Cabañitas del Bosque”.

With your recommendations you can win all kinds of prizes:

  • Yellow Arrows
  • Camino con Correos Packs
  • Personalized Mugs
  • Pilgrim Shirts & Backpacks
  • Camino bracelets

And once a month you will get the chance to win a Correos Prepaid Mastercard with 50€. Thus, you will take your safe money on your next pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

 

If you are walking the Camino this summer, don't hesitate and become an ecopilgrim. Help us protect the Camino and be able to enjoy it for many years to come.

 

¡Buen Camino!

 

Doreen Ratigan
30-08-2019
Thank you for starting this campaign. Buen Camino!

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We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.