In Spain, several pilgirmages lead to a single goal: Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia. For many catholics (and non-catholics), the Camino de Santiago is the “journey to salvation”, the self-discovery of the pilgrim.
This spiritual (and not only religious) path is now replicated in Mexico, with the inauguration of the first tourist route to visit chapels and churches dedicated to the Apostle Santiago, located in different states throughout the country, emulating this famous European path with more than 1,000 years of existence.
The cultural and religious tourism project “Camino Mexicano de Santiago” includes sacred precincts of some Queretaro destinations, San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City.
The opening of this tourist product is accompanied by a series of events and activities that promote the Mexico-Compostela Trail: visits to colonial temples, conferences, seminars, talks, patron festivities and guided tours.
In addition, routes from other parts of Mexico that showcase the architectural wealth of its cathedrals, temples or chapels dedicated to the apostle Santiago will be added.
Initially, the route San Miguel de Allende and the “Ruta de las Indias“, and now the cathedral of Querétaro and the Church of Santiago in Tlatelolco, in Mexico City, join the project.
All these sites are inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List.
“The objective is to link tourism products of Spain with Mexico and its various routes of churches, chapels and cathedrals built on behalf of Santiago Apostle in our country,” reported the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur).
The opening ceremony of the “Camino mexicano de Santiago” was held in the Church of Santiago in Tlatelolco. The act was in charge of Alejandro Rubín Caballo, chancellor and vice president of the Order of the Camino Santiago in Spain and Marianela Peña Romero, commander of the Order of Santiago in our country.
Santiago is a very venerated saint in Mexico. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), there are 526 locations dedicated to the disciple, “so from the point of view of religious and cultural tourism, this route will be an important tourism product” said Sectur in a statement.