American Pilgrims

To meet the goals set for itself as laid out in its mission statement, American Pilgrims on the Camino provides various services. This website is the hub that connects and coordinates access to all these services. It is perhaps ironic to be using the 21st-century medium of the Internet to support pilgrims engaging in what is in its essence a medieval endeavor. Still, the pilgrim hostels of those days (and our own!) brought together strangers using the latest technologies in travel. Think of this website, then, as a virtual pilgrim hostel, where stories and suggestions and memories and advice and history and encouragement can be shared, not only about our organization, but about the joyful and the practical matters involved in undertaking a pilgrimage in our day.

Do you have a Facebook account? If so, consider joining the American Pilgrims Facebook group. Search for it there using "American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC)"

Suggested use of this site:

While you are certainly free to roam our site at will, we have a few suggestions of specific pages that might address your specific needs and questions.

  • If you've heard about the Camino and are here to find out just what this is about, we would suggest the History page to start.
  • If you are familiar with the spiritual, historical and cultural background of the Camino and are beginning to think about actually walking, we would suggest the Route Overviews, FAQs and Internet Resources pages. Most of your practical questions will be addressed on the latter two.
  • If you have decided to walk and are looking for a guidebook, Camino stories or inspiration, there is the Books page.
  • If you are here to request a credential, be sure to read the entire Request a Credential page and then submit the online request form.
  • If you'd like to connect with other Caminophiles in your area and attend Camino-related events, take a look at the Local Chapters page.
  • If you are looking to join with others either as past or future peregrinos, you might find an event that interests you on one of our events pages—Local, National Gatherings or International.
  • If American Pilgrims seems like an organization that you'd like to join, please visit our Membership/Join page. 
  • If you have already walked and are thinking about ways to continue your connection to the Camino, you might consider becoming an hospitalero and serving in an albergue. See our Hospitaleros page for everything you will need to know about how to get started. Or see our Volunteer page for volunteer opportunities within American Pilgrims.

Common Questions of Interest:

 Request a pilgrim's credential
 Learn about American Pilgrims on the Camino as an organization
 Check out what our local chapters are doing
 Become a member of American Pilgrims on the Camino
  Log in to the membership system
 Access La Concha, the American Pilgrims newsletter
 Learn about volunteer opportunities with American Pilgrims
 Find out about service as an hospitalero
 Make a donation to American Pilgrims
 Read about the American Pilgrims' Grant Program

The Camino:

 Read about the history and traditions of the Camino
  Research the routes to Santiago in Spain, Portugal and France
  Visit our FAQs page where most of your questions about practicalities will be answered
  Browse through our collection of essays and writings on the Camino
  Read news and interesting information about the Camino and Spain


  Lose yourself in the universe of the Internet related to the Camino
  Discover the world of books about or inspired by the Camino
  Explore more than a millennium of music related to the Camino


  Our calendar of local and chapter events
  American Pilgrims' National Gatherings<
  International events

Contact Us:

  Contact specific areas of American Pilgrims on the Camino for other information

And there are all kinds of other goodies hiding in various additional corners of the site. Have a look around!


¡Buen Camino!

Rev 09/04/15