Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 20, 2022

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How safe is the Camino de Santiago trail?

The rural parts of the Camino de Santiago will soon be guarded by five mounted police. An American tourist who was inspired to walk the pilgrimage trail after watching the 2010 movie The Way disappeared in April and was found dead in September. Denise Thiem’s last known location is the northern Spanish town of Astorga where she emailed a British pilgrim to say she was going to walk west to El Ganso. It was the last anyone heard from her and since then other pilgrims have shared previously unreported accounts of threats and harassment. Last year, close to 240,000 pilgrims were certified as having completed the Camino. The most popular route begins in France’s St. Jean Pied de Port; the route ends in Spain’s Santiago de Compostela at the Cathedral of Santiago, the resting place of St. James.

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