Alto del Perdón

Camino Frances

To end of camino



Alto del Perdón



At 756m the Sierras del Perdón are the highest point for the next 170km. Between going up, and going back down, it is the latter which requires more care and a sturdy foot.


The name derives from the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Perdon that once stood here. A legend tell us that it was along the climb to the alto where the devil tempted a thirsty pilgrim; offering to disclose the location of a fountain in exchange for his soul. The pilgrim refuses, and is rewarded later by Santiago himself who offers water at a much more “pilgrim friendly” price.

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While there is a food truck of sorts, it’s been downgraded to canned sodas and packaged danishes. But you can get a stamp for your pilgrim passport.

Camino de Sant…

There was non food truck at Alto del Perdón on May 28.

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Going down took more time and energy then going up. Very lose rocks and steep too.

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about 1.5 km of the way up from zariquegui is loose, big-sized gravel, and the trail is very steep in some portions, so be very careful! the walking stick is essential to prevent sliding & slipping. going down is worse, same conditions. Good luck!