Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

Viana to Ventosa


Last night I made a decision that I had no desire to walk 24 km today and no desire to see Longrona (an industrial town). I met two people about my age and we decided to take a taxi from Viana through part of Longrona and then walk 12.5 km to Navarette. Then I saw Mary, a woman I met at Corazon Puna and had seen a couple of times on the trail, and she decided to go with us. The 6:40 am taxi was 21 euros shared.

Mary and I arrived in Navarette at 10:30 we both had the same thought, “Let’s walk 7.5 km more and get to Ventosa.
We made it there by 12:10. The Albergue didn’t open until 1:00. This was my first experience with a line at the Albergue.

We waited in line to get into the albergue.
I was happy to get a bottom bunk.
The town is so small that there is no market store. A truck comes with food a couple of times a week. What a great place.

Houses in small town of Ventosa.
Here is what people typically do in the afternoon after siesta.

Locals in Ventosa sit on the bench.


Locals visit the church in Ventosa.
I could wander the few streets all afternoon.

i like the wooden doors in Ventosa.
I see more and more people shipping their packs. I still plan to carry mine. If I had shipped it, I wouldn’t have been able to go on to Ventosa today.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

2 thoughts on “Viana to Ventosa

  1. You are doin’ some serious walkin’, girl. I am loving all your posts; keep ’em up.


  2. You are one smart lady…taxi was very good idea…saving those poor feet.


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