Making the famous Cares Route is one of the strongest reasons why so many visitors come to Asturias. We made this 11-kilometer hiking trail in the Picos de Europa National Park , in the eastern part of the region. But we are not only dedicated to hiking , because 4x4 routes are our other specialty. We have access to restricted roads in the Picos de Europa, so you can enjoy the motor and speed of an SUV in a paradise.
The Route of Cares passes through the gorges of the homonymous river, and is the gorge that separates the massif of Cornión (western) from the Urrieles (central). The path is low difficulty , suitable for the whole family and for tourists who want to know this natural place without making a huge physical effort.
The 4x4 routes are exciting. We will go aboard our Jeep on dirt roads on routes of 4 hours , in the part before or after the Route of Cares. The collection points are Caín and Poncebos , and we will give you an interpretive route in which to know the history of the towns of this part of Asturias and the evolution of the livestock way of life in the area.
Which prefer? The best thing is that you can choose both activities.
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The Ruta del Cares is a mandatory path if you like nature and come to Asturias . With almost 12 kilometers of route, these roads cross the valley of the Cares river in the Picos de Europa Asturian.
Located in the southeast of the province, it is an important enclave for the natural separation of the western and central massifs, which is why it is known as the Divine Gorge . So we will go on a low difficulty hiking route guarded by the Urrieles and Cornión peaks.
We will start the route from Poncebos , walking along a climb of about 1 and a half kilometers and a descent of 600 meters. The difference is very small, so the physical effort will be small and suitable for children, youth and adults at an acceptable level. The most complicated, and at the same time the most exciting thing about walking along this path, apart from the views, is the rock floor. Irregular, but totally natural, will bring us fully into a rural and mystical environment.
You will see the cattle life of this area, walking near the cows and sheep that have served as food for many Asturian generations for centuries, in a landscape that remains intact, fortunately.
Bring comfortable clothes and footwear for the mountain, because this route is so well known that you will regret it if you come here nearby and you don't.
Do you like country routes driving an SUV? The Cares River Gorge , in the Picos de Europa, have dirt trails between mountains that will make you want to take the wheel of a 4x4 to explore nature for hours most beautiful in eastern Asturias.
The 4x4 route that we organize is interpretive, in which we will go on restricted roads for most vehicles except for our customers. These permits let us step on the accelerator in the valley that forms this stream between the central and western massifs, better known by the Urrieles and the Cornión , respectively.
There are two starting options. One is at 10 in the morning from Cangas de Onís , passing through Sajambre and ending in Cain at 2 in the afternoon. There is an option to hire a picnic or a menu of homemade Asturian food to complete the experience.
The other alternative is to leave from Cain at 3:30 pm, making the interpretive route to the other side and with the afternoon lights.
Both tours have a duration of 4 hours , enough time to feel the environment so impressive that the Picos de Europa offer thanks to an SUV that can with everything. The guide will make several stops to contemplate the landscape that surrounds us, with some binoculars with which to observe the species of birds and other animals that inhabit these rocks. In addition, it will explain the livestock life of the villages that remain inhabited in this area.
Go ahead and come to Asturias, the route of Cares awaits you in a 4x4.
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