We had the opportunity to meet the 77 year old Ernesto, who started the Alburgue about 15 years ago from his ancestral home. He talked for about an hour before dinner to a crowd of about 70 pilgrims. The talk was in Spanish (with some translation into English by a pilgrim). He is a well traveled man and is involved in quite a few projects in third world countries.
We chose once again the longer path to the city of Somo so that we could enjoy the more scenic route. The first 5 km was through country roads with the smell of eucalypts in the air, dim early light and a cool morning breeze.