Pilgrim on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrim on the way to Santiago de Compostela
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Two fascinating days on the way to Compostela in the Causses du Quercy

Causse of Limogne
Located on the Puy-en-Velay route, the most famous way to get to Santiago de Compostela, the section of the Lot valley linking Limogne-en-Quercy to Cahors allows for one of the most pleasant hikes ensuring landscapes magic and serenity. Presentation of these two enchanting days of hiking in the heart of the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park.

First time Marjory goes hiking alone. Moved, reassured and fascinated by what she experienced, she tells you her testimony.

Let yourself be enchanted by the magic of Quercy...

Signage and GR65 path
Signage and GR65 path
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A very good quality trail

For a peaceful hike

First of all, we are going to start this article with a not insignificant technical point: the maintenance and the marking of the path. If you are traveling alone, or if you are not great hiking experts, the fear of getting lost or hurting yourself are fears you may face. Walking on a mythical path such as the Via Podiensis (also called Voie du Puy or GR65) is then the perfect way to discover pedestrian roaming in complete safety.  
Indeed, your fears will not resist for long when you discover a very good quality path thus facilitating a most delicious walk, where you can discover the small heritage of Lot, meticulously maintained and restored by the association of 1000 hands in the dough. 
In addition, the very present markup is a real asset for this path. Indeed, it is impossible to get lost since the famous red and white paint is present at each intersection and regularly punctuates the straight lines in order to prevent any doubt from forming in your mind.  

A journey beyond time

Santiago de Compostela: a timeless route

When you start your journey on the GR65 from Limogne, you will quickly be captivated by this mysterious atmosphere specific to this Quercy landscape. The hike begins with a particularly wooded path composed mainly of pubescent oaks, thus protecting you from the heat of the sun. From the first steps under these foliage, the forest will then reveal its most beautiful jewels to you: the sound of a cuckoo singing in the distance, crickets repeating the summer hymn in chorus, the rustling of lizards and shrews surprised by your approaching steps...  

Joncas dolmen in Limogne on the GR65
Joncas dolmen in Limogne on the GR65
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Immersed in nature, alternating between wooded and open valleys, you will take a real journey through time. Indeed, it is easy to imagine crossing one of these Caussenard paths with a knight from medieval times, or even a magical creature straight out of a fairy tale. The 5000-year-old dolmens located along this route will only accentuate this feeling of disconnection from the real world. 

Butterfly
Butterfly
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Only the crossing of charming little villages made up of beautiful gray/brown colored stones will remind you of the civilization you have just left. These charming hamlets and villages that are Varaire, Bach, Vaylats and the Mas de Vers, with their many butterfly washhouses, wells and fountains will teach you more about the history of the country crossed and its inhabitants. 
Then will come the highlight of the stage: the finish in Cahors. For this, it takes a little courage to reach the long-awaited heights. However, the game is worth it, I promise! The Caduran ridges in their great generosity will share with you sublime views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Up there, even the flowers look their best with a variety of ever more incredible colors, and captivating smells transporting you to distant lands. A short break is then strongly recommended to contemplate this new point of view, particularly moving and resolutely calm. 

life stories

And shocking encounters
Pilgrims holding hands on the GR65
Pilgrims holding hands on the GR65
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Another marvelous element when walking this path is the ease with which tongues are loosened and bonds are forged, both between pilgrims and with locals. It is indeed very easy to make wonderful encounters there, as was the case for many pilgrims. 
Imagine yourself amazed by the beauty of a building characteristic of the region and meeting its colorful inhabitants. They then offer you something to eat, and share their story with you in all simplicity. You are overwhelmed by this meeting, unexpected and authentic. A moment of exchange and intimacy shared with people who were strangers to you an hour before! Get ready for many encounters of this type, since on the GR65 it is very spontaneous and natural to come and talk and confide in your fellow traveler. 

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