The Camino Francés Getting Started
Audio Guide

Go from Camino dream to reality,
from your front door to Saint Jean Pied de Port and on to Santiago de Compostela,



YOU on the Camino Francés!

Saint Jean Pied de Port, France

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The ultimate (SELF-DIRECTED) how-to guide to getting started on the Camino Francés

With more than 40 audio sessions, 10+ videos, and a bunch of worksheets and written guides to take you from idea . . . to the trail.

 > Get started on the Camino in less than a month . . . or take as long as you want to get ready

 > Access the guide on your smartphone, computer, or other device

 > Listen at your pace, at home and on the trail


This guide is for you . . .

First-time pilgrims on the Camino Francés route of the Camino de Santiago

Who are starting in Saint Jean Pied de Port

And are coming from anywhere

And have at least one month before their Camino start date (more time is better)

Listen to an audio introduction from Nancy:


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This is a “getting started” guide.

Get to know the Camino Francés and what it means to start your pilgrimage in Saint Jean Pied de Port

Design the Camino experience that’s right for you

Navigate your way to Saint Jean Pied de Port like a seasoned, savvy traveler

Find your Camino rhythm on the trail

Make your way to Santiago de Compostela with confidence

Plan without over-planning, prepare without over-preparing

Give your family the peace of mind they crave


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If you want to know how to . . .

Plan and book your travel to the Camino

Plan your day-to-day itinerary, either before you go or on the trail

Secure your beds or rooms so you know you have a place to sleep each night, or figure it out as you go

Pack for a trip like this

Find services, food, and the trail itself

Prepare emotionally and spiritually for something this big and important

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Hi, I’m Nancy,

guide and long-time pilgrim on the Camino Francés.

I am here to help you answer the one question you may be afraid to ask out loud – CAN I REALLY DO THIS??? – with a confident Yes!

Since 2013, I have had the privilege leading 13 small groups on the Camino. Our groups start in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France, and we walk together until Pamplona, the first large city inside Spain.

I know from experience that walking the Camino can be a life-changing experience, and it would be my pleasure and honor to assist you in getting started on your pilgrimage.

Nancy Reynolds, guide Camino de Santiago, Spain

The perfect companion to the free

“YOU on the Camino de Santiago” podcast

One (big) part online tutorial


one (big) part trail guide

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Part 1:

A tutorial, or an online course, in how to take your dream of walking the Camino and make that happen.

How to go from your front door to SJPP and take your first steps on this life changing pilgrimage.

This guide covers not just what you need to know, but also why you need to know it, and how to apply the information to your Camino and the experience you are longing for.


Part 2:

An on-the-trail guide, that joins you when you are on your way to Saint Jean Pied de Port and walks with you from there to Pamplona and then again for the final 100 kilometers into Santiago de Compostela.

It’s like having your own personal guide, in your ear, as you travel to the Camino and make your way to Saint Jean Pied de Port, as you climb up and over the Pyrenees, and as you settle into your new pilgrim identity. 


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It’s like walking the Camino with a friend who already knows the trail but who also stays in the background while you discover it for yourself.



Do You have to be tech-savvy?

Only a little!

The Camino Francés Getting Started Audio Guide comes to you through links to files in Dropbox. But you don’t even need to have a Dropbox account to access the files.

All you need is a smartphone, computer, or other device and WiFi or other data connection.

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What it’s not . . .

> It’s not an audio-book version of a guidebook

> It’s not a repeat of what you have from other sources.

> It’s not a narrative of sites or a listing of places to stay. 

> It doesn’t replace your guidebook or app; rather it complements them.

> It’s not 30 days of Spanish history lessons or kilometer by kilometer descriptions of the trail.

Camino Francés Getting Started Audio Guide


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