Borres – Berducedo

 

The hike from Borris to Berducedo is considered the highlight of the Camino Primitivo. The path leads up to nearly 4000 feet and stays up in this height for about 18 miles. It is not recommended to walk it when the weather is bad – but I was lucky. The whole day was cloudless and clear with spectacular views.

 

 

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The route is called Ruta de los Hospitales because of the five Hospices, which served as shelter for the pilgrims during the Middle Ages. Now, there are only ruins left. The area is so remote that one could meet wild horses, eagles and foxes.

 

A herd of horses grazing

A herd of horses grazing

 

 

 

Ruinas del Hospital de Valparaiso

Ruinas del Hospital de Valparaiso

 

 

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A curious bull standing on my path – or I was on his?

A curious bull standing on my path – or I was on his?

 

 

A little lake on the roof of the Camino Primitivo

A little lake on the roof of the Camino Primitivo

 

After hours of walking, I passed the little mountain village Montefurado. It consists of several ancient stone houses, leftovers of former hospices. A single man inhabits this remote and peaceful place. He allowed me to fill up my nearly empty water bottle with fresh, cool water from his well.

 

 

Mountain village Montefurado

Mountain village Montefurado

 

 

Montefurado

Montefurado

 

 

At the first bar after the mountain pass, I met many of my pilgrim friends. We departed with the greeting of “See you in the next bar.” In the heat of the day, getting a cool drink is a real treat.

 

 

Café Serafin

Café Serafin