Ruta del Cares in 4x4 + Hiking from Cain to Poncebos

Ruta del Cares in 4x4 + Hiking from Cain to Poncebos

9 hours
Free! cancellation up to 72h


If you are thinking about how to do the Cares route, a very comfortable and complete way is to make the Ruta del Cares in 4x4until you reach Cain. And then continue the C ares route on foot from Cain to Poncebos , where we will pick you up at the end of the tour to return to the starting point in Cangas de Onís and surroundings.

We will leave in the morning from Cangas de Onís and with our 4x4 vehicles we will cross the Gorge of Los Beyos, one of the most important in northern Spain. On the way we will see the salmonera in which salmon fry are bred for release.

Then, we will continue along the Sella River course in the opposite direction, to observe the ancient passage that linked Asturias with the plateau. Arriving already in the province of León, we will enter the Sajambre Valley, where we can visit a mill that used to grind corn.

Then we will take the Senda del Arcediano and go to a viewpoint that is located about 1500 meters high, from which you can get the best views and panoramic photographs. Then we will descend to the village of Oseja, where we will make a short stop to rest.

Continuing with the route, we will see the birth of the River Sella, with the ports of Pontón and Panderruedas, one of the best places to appreciate the highest peaks of the Picos de Europa. Then we will descend towards the Posada de Valdeón and Cain , stopping on the way to get to know the Chorco de los lobos .

Around 14 hours we will arrive in Cain, where you will have free time to enjoy lunch. Then, you can go hiking along the Ruta del Cares from Cain to Poncebos on your own. The route is about 11 kms and of low difficulty, taking place in about 2 or 3 hours. We will provide you with a map of the area, although there are numerous signs along the trail.

At the end of the tour in Poncebos, we will pick you up around 19 or 20 hours (depending on the season) to transfer you back to Cangas de Onís. On the way back, we will pass through the Cabrales Arena, until we reach Cangas de Onís, where our tour ends.

And, if the route you make is from another point you can check all 4x4 routes in Asturias


  • 9:00 h. (winter) - 10:00 h. (summer). Pick up in Cangas de Onís.
  • Route by 4x4 from Cangas de Onís to Cain.
  • 13:00 h. (winter) - 14:00 h. (summer). Arrival in Cain, where we will leave you to start the Ruta del Cares on foot to Poncebos. Guide for this stretch of hiking is not included.
  • 19:00 (summer) - 20:00 (winter). Pick up in Poncebos at the end of the Ruta del Cares, and transfer in the 4 × 4 to the starting point.


  • Pick up and return to the hotel (only for accommodation located in Cangas de Onís).
  • Transportation in 4×4 Land Rover Defender until the beginning of the Cares Route in Cain.
  • Guided interpretative tour of the culture, fauna and flora of the Picos de Europa.
  • Pick up in Poncebos, after finishing the Cares route trekking.
  • Driver-guide.
  • Map of the route.
  • Binoculars for use in the 4×4
  • Insurance

Not included

  • Lunch.

Price & Payment

4x4 Route

(age 8+)
42 $

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  • This tour lasts approximately 4 hours of 4x4 ride from Cangas de Onís to Cain and 45 minutes in the afternoon, returning from Poncebos to Cangas de Onís.
  • The hiking section along the Cares route (without guide) lasts between 2 and 3 hours .


  • Bring sports shoes like mountain or trekking boots, warm clothes, a raincoat, sun protection, sunglasses and water.


Free! cancellation up to 72 hours before the date of the activity with 100% refund / Less than 72 hours, late arrival or no show: no refund will be provided.

Starting point

Your accommodation in Cangas de Onís (advise when booking) or at Cangas de Onís Alsa Garage.
Ruta del Cares in 4x4 + Hiking from Cain to Poncebos
from 42 $

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Customer Reviews

"Would recommend this tour"
We had a great day guided by Fran travelling in the first half of the day to sights we would not have thought of visiting, then had a great lunch (at our expense) before embarking on our walk from Cain along the Ruta Del Cares to end in Poncebos. The walk was amazing and we did it with plenty of time to spare. Views were spectacular!
Spain Spain
"Muy recomendable"
El 4x4 llegó puntual al hotel. El guía era un buen tipo, bien informado y su inglés era excelente. También tendrás tiempo para recorrer la ruta por tu cuenta. Luego regreso a tiempo hacia Cangas de Onís. Nota: estaba con mi madre de 71 años y la ruta estaba un poco al límite.
Netherlands Netherlands
"Raul was an excellent guide for our time in Picos de Europa."
He coordinated the entire experience in both English and Spanish, as well as taking the time to connect and engage with each traveler. Raul expertly shared knowledge on the area, answering questions as they came up. He provided a good description of the hiking trail and safety recommendations. A memorable experience, will recommend. The only hiccup was pre-experience communication. I sent two emails with no response. The booking confirmation indicated I would hear from the company about pick-up the day before the experience. I did not. I arrived at the pick-up location according to the details of the confirmation, which were slightly ambiguous and had me sitting awaiting pick-up past the arranged time. In the end, I called the company looking for the group, was provided clarity and met up with Raul.
Canada Canada
"Great Guido’s trip."
Party with mixed nationalities (Spanish, Canadian and Dutch). We were very happy with our guide. Hé spoke perfect English! The hike in the gorge was impressive.
Netherlands Netherlands
"Un día inolvidable!!! "
Un día estupendo y completo para ver lo imprescindible en los picos de Europa si estáis de paso como nosotros (2 días). Lo recomendamos y además el guía (Mario) estuvo muy atento y pendiente de nosotros, además aprendimos mucho debido a su nivel de conocimientos de la zona y en general... También nos aconsejó con algunas pautas a, seguir para que la ruta del Cares (2 parte de la jornada) fuera un éxito total.
Ma Jesus
Spain Spain
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