Five hikers started Camino for Good to both share their experiences along the Camino de Santiago and to raise money for Camino hostels struggling due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Every year, the 485 mi/ 750 km Camino de Santiago supports hundreds of thousands of hikers and pilgrims from all countries of the world. Sadly, the global pandemic has brought this 1,000 year-old pilgrimage to a standstill.
Without income, many Camino albergues (Spanish hostels) have been forced to shut their doors. When you sign-up for the Camino for Good Virtual Camino, money is sent directly to albergues to keep the Camino Spirit alive.
During a time when you may not be able to travel to Spain, you can still experience the Camino Spirit with other walkers. Our Virtual Camino guides you along the famous Camino de Santiago Francés as you walk or run wherever you like. Whether you join us for fitness, adventure, spiritual exploration, or just fun, we know you will enjoy the Camino for Good Virtual Camino.
To provide financial assistance to Spain’s pilgrim hostels along the Camino de Santiago. It’s simple really.
No Pilgrims = No Income
COVID-19 has not been kind to the pilgrim hostels and the time is now to help the hostel owners make it through the winter season.
- With the cessation of travel due to COVID-19, these albergue hosts find themselves without income.
- Many are unable to cover basic living expenses, like rent, electricity, and water.
- No hikers are coming through and now winter approaches without savings from the summer.
You can help out today by
Reasons to join us
As you virtually walk the Camino de Santiago Frances, you can track your progress along a map of the Camino. Photos and stories from pilgrims will inspire you all the way to Santiago.
Join a Community
When you sign up, you’ll be joining a growing community of like-minded, ambitious hikers and compassionate people.
Make a Difference
Part of your registration fee will be sent to the albergues to help cover their basic expenses through the winter.
The Virtual Camino app is rich with features supporting your personal health and fitness goals. How many days will it take you to reach Santiago?
The Camino is a connection to something that I never knew was there. Something, that in the end, helps you realize things will be okay. Might not be how you thought it would be but still okay.
This site, this virtual walk, is somehow trying to help everyone connect to that experience. For some small moment, in some small way, connect to something bigger than yourselves - the Camino, the Way. Its ambitious but why not, maybe you just might.Bill
I love to tell people how you casually meet people on the road and how quickly you begin to care for each other.
And this includes the albergue owners and how they are open to every pilgrim and serving their needs. Think how it must be. How glorious to meet so many people who are on their journey to a better life and yet, we all walk right back out of their lives the next morning. And then they get to clean up after us dust trodden, sweaty, stinky pilgrims.Kelly
We descended the last stairs before the Cathedral with linked arms. Mixing joy, sadness, grief, exhilaration and pride, we were celebrating the forming of life long friendships. That was the moment for me when the Camino had ceased to be a long distance walk and had become my life long purpose.
I was a pilgrim for good.Lindsay
Each day I woke up unsure of where I’d be resting my head that night, but still I walked toward the unknown. Although the uncertainty could feel unnerving at times, each step was supported by the faith that everything would turn out okay. I was never disappointed. Each night, I was greeted by someone with a smile, a key, and a bed.Shay
As I approached my 70th birthday, I realized it was time to do something I had been dreaming about – it was time to Walk the Camino de Santiago. As I trained, I studied the Way and its history. Because it’s the Way of St. James, the Way of Forgiveness, I decided to use this Pilgrimage as a time to reflect on my life: to forgive myself for the mistakes I made and to acknowledge all the blessings in my life. I wanted this to be a very Spiritual journey and it was.Susan