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 or Arriondas.
  • Route by 4x4 from Cangas de Onís (or Arriondas) 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 and Arriondas).
  • Transportation in 4 × 4 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 section of the Ruta del Cares on foot.
  • Driver's guide.
  • Map of the Ruta del Cares.
  • Binoculars for use in the 4 × 4. Oh ,
  • sure.

Not included

  • Lunch.


4x4 Route

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 C angas 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.

COVID-19 Measures

  • Enjoy the activity safely! We adopt the recommended legal and sanitary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among them, keeping the safety distance, the use of masks for both the guide and the participants, small groups, disposable headphones, vehicle disinfection before and after each service, disinfectant gel available, avoiding the use of printed material, among others, according to the specific type of activity.


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 or Arriondas (advise when booking) or at Cangas de Onís Bus Station.
Ruta del Cares in 4x4 + Hiking from Cain to Poncebos
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Customer Reviews

"Una travesía fantástica."
El guía nos mostró, unos rincones fabulosos y sus explicaciones fueron muy interesantes.
Spain Spain
"Muy recomendable."
Ruta en 4x4 muy agradable,paisajes increíbles. Vicente nuestro guía muy profesional y majo. Comodidad a la hora de hacer la ruta del Cares, nos llevaron hasta Caín y nos recogieron en Poncebos.
Spain Spain
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