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“No 1 of the Picos bucketlist”
Review of La Ruta del Cares

La Ruta del Cares
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Poncebos
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

The most impressive part of the route is near Cain. This is also very easy to walk, so we started from Cain and walked 5km up and down the path. One word:very very impressive. After every corner you see a new scene from Lord of the rings. Cain is very easy going were you can have a drink or lunch. Also accommodation for the night is available as ample place to park your car. Tip: start early to avoid the crowds. Also the road up to Cain is very impressive,although sometimes steep and narrow but good quality asfalt. A must do!

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We started the walk in Cain, this way you immediately get to the most spectacular part of the walk. Just walk de road down through the village and you automatically come onto the Ruta del Cares. You have to cross a bridge over the Cares river. A bit further there is a dam at the entrance of the gorge know as the Golden Gorge ( Garganta Divina), because of its spectacular beauty. The road here is hacked out of the mountain. This trail was originally made for the maintanance of the Dobresengos water canal between Cain and Poncebos that was built between 1915 and 1921. The canal still functions, and you will see the canal a bit further next to the road. The walk is quite flat. You cross the gorge three or four times by a bridge. The views of the gorge with the river down below are spectacular. At one point you come onto a wooden passerelle ( Martinez Passage) that hangs over the gorge. It was constructed to remplace a part of a tunnel that had collapsed. We walked half of the route (1,5 hour) and then turend back to Cain, so we walked about 3 hours, but made many stops to take pictures and enjoy the landscape. So we probably spend about 4,5 hours. The route is breathtaking, and is highly recommended. I would not take small kids though, the road is quite narrow in some places and on the side of the gorge there is no barrier. You often meet goats on the way. Take enough water with you.

Thank Neil-Vera W
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

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If hiking from the Poncebos Bridge end, the parking is limited to parking along the side of the entry road. The earlier you arrive the closer you will be to the trailhead. We parked around 9am on a Tuesday and were near the trailhead. When we returned around 4pm cars were parked several kilometers down the road. 



A reasonably fit hiker can hike from Poncebos to Cains and back in a day hike. We hiked the round trip from 9am to 4pm with a long stop in Cains and lots of photos. A number of people were running the round trip. 



We saw no toilets on the Poncebos end and the trail is very exposed so there weren’t any options along the route either. A nice restaurant/bar in Cains where we bought water and drinks had bathrooms.

There are a number of restaurants in Cains and nice picnicking along the river. 



The drop offs are steep but hikers are courteous and we never had any issues. 



We would put this on par with the beauty of hikes we’ve done in New England in the fall, and it's pretty flat for 3/4 of the hike. 



If you’re interested, the engineering of the canal is quite fascinating as well.

1  Thank visitall50
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Should you be visiting the North of Spain in the Asturias, this a quintessential way to experience the Picos de Europa. Starting at Poncebos to Cain, with the option to either return or carry on to Posada de Valdeón, the route is a constant source of amazement. This forms a round trip of about 24km. The start from Poncebos is an immediate climb, gaining about 550m in 2km before easing into a slight decline. From there it is just about flat and the most difficult is enduring the stony trail. Good footwear is a must. If you are lucky, you will see some Griffon- or Egyptian vultures or even a golden eagle along the way.

Cain itself is just a halfway house. Plenty places to eat and some places to sleep too. Food is typical Spanish fare and not too expensive, bearing in mind the remoteness of the establishment. Having visited in mid October, the season was long gone and fortunately not too many people were about, making for quick service.

The return trip is slightly faster than going in as less time is spent taking pictures. Sometimes the precipitous sides suddenly comes into focus and one realize how easy it would be to trip and tumble down. Focus on the trail is a must. The descent of the 550m is quite a challenge on the, by now, tired legs! All in all a wonderful experience.

Just one warning: be careful of rockfalls. These happen not too infrequently.

2  Thank downsouth383
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

We got there from the seaside, got to Las Arenas, followed the sign La Ruta del Cares and 5-6 km later in Poncebos we found parking near the start point (you can park your car even closer along the road if it is not high season). Unfortunetely we didn't have all day for trekking, but 3,5 hours (2h way up and 1,5h to get back) was absolutely worth to spend there. Views and mountains are amazing. Be careful during rainy days. I don't recommend to go there with young children - it may be a bit stressful in some parts of route. Get a big bottle of water with you and enjoy.

2  Thank Jarek S
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