A Journey in Three Phases
The Camino de Santiago is said to be comprised of three phases. The journey begins through the Pyrenees Mountains and is physically demanding on the pilgrim's body. Then the trail flattens out into the wide, open and expansive messetta that allows the pilgrim to walk on level ground traveling as far as one can see. At this point, the pilgrim's body has become used to the walking and the depth of the open and empty messeta challenge the pilgrim's mental journey. In the last portion the pilgrim emerges again into a mountainous landscape bringing the journey full circle. The pilgrim is preparing to not only end their pilgrimage but to start their new journey back home.