FYI – Statistics of the various Camino’s 2013

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I thought I would share the latest stats (hot off the press) on the various Camino’s – very interesting to see the percentage growth in pilgrims, a whopping 64% growth in Australia (yes mate) 2012 versus 2013. A 2% growth for South Africans walking and how proud I am to be part of this statistic.

The increase in the English speaking countries

Country
 2012
2013
Growth %
Australia
1885
3098
64%
Canada
2904
3373
16%
Ireland
3844
5012
30%
South Africa
711
727
2%
United Kingdom
3758
4207
12%
USA
7071
10251
45%
New Zealand
377
520
38%

Below are the various Camino routes – I walked the Frances Way 2012 and 2013 the last 280km with the girls. The Frances Way is the most popular route and the Portuguese Way – the second most popular Camino.

Camino/Number of pilgrims
Frances – 151741 (70,30%)
Portugues – 29548 (13,69%)
Norte – 13393 (6,20%)
Via de la Plata – 9014 (4,18%)
Primitivo – 6854 (3,18%)
Ingles – 4404 (2,04%)
Muxia-Finisterre – 454 (0,21%)
Otros caminos – 444 (0,21%)
Gender / Number of pilgrims
Males – 117860 (54,60%)
Females – 97996 (45,40%)

Mode / Number of pilgrims
On foot – 188167 (87,17%)
Bicycle – 26646 (12,34%)
Horseback – 977 (0,45%)
Wheelchair – 66 (0,03%)
Reasons for making the pilgrimage
Reasons / Number of pilgrims
Religious and others – 117762 (54,56%)
Religious – 86290 (39,98%)
Not religious – 11804 (5,47%)
Ages of pilgrims
Age / Number of pilgrims
30 – 60 – 121287 (56,19%)
< 30 – 61109 (28,31%) > 60 – 33460 (15,50%)
Top 27 countries pilgrims come from:
Countries / Number of pilgrims
Spain – 105884 (49,05%)
Germany – 16199 (7,50%)
Italy – 15620 (7,24%)
Portugal – 10695 (4,95%)
USA – 10125 (4,69%)
France – 8304 (3,85%)
Ireland – 5012 (2,32%)
UK – 4207 (1,95%)
Canada – 3373 (1,56%)
Australia – 3098 (1,44%)
Holland – 2888 (1,34%)
Korea – 2774 (1,29%)
Poland – 2515 (1,17%)
Brasil – 2430 (1,13%)
Belgium – 1857 (0,86%)
Denmark – 1757 (0,81%)
Austria – 1711 (0,79%)
Suiza – 1276 (0,59%)
México – 1172 (0,54%)
Argentina – 1090 (0,50%)
Suecia – 1056 (0,49%)
Hungría – 954 (0,44%)
Japón – 840 (0,39%)
Noruega – 839 (0,39%)
Rep Checa – 769 (0,36%)
Venezuela – 730 (0,34%)
Sudáfrica – 727 (0,34%)
I read a lot this weekend on the Portuguese Way and one common thread amongst all the blogs, advice, forums is “don’t expect your second pilgrimage, whether it’s on the same route or a different one, to be like your first”!!! Fortunately I have no expectations and will embrace the Portuguese Way one step at a time!!
Preparing for the Portuguese Way (more research than getting fit at this point in time) has allowed so many wonderful memories of my first pilgrimage, the Francis Way to surface. There is something almost magical about connecting with the past!!! They’re the little things that happened over and over; feelings and experiences I didn’t appreciate at the time. I’d forgotten all about them, in fact it is only once I started blogging again that I started going through the motions—and they really are motions all over again.

There’s the blisters, the burning feet

There’s the huge difference a small adjustment makes to the feel of one’s back pack

There’s going to the supermecado (supermarket) and holding different brands of toiletries in each hand to detect a minuscule difference in weight

There’s the snoring, the packed albergues, the queueing for a shower

There’s the bed bugs, bunk beds that creak all night

There’s the washing by hand

………and I think, oh yeah, I remember now how it felt

………AND I KNOW THAT I KEPT GOING ONCE AND THEREFORE CAN DO IT AGAIN……….

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