Walk along the track, until you see on your right a walking route
sign "PR-PNPE-3 Ruta del Cares, GR-203
Reconquista" (250 m). At the beginning of the route is a panel warning
about falling stones and about missing railings. The path is all along
wide, but it runs at the
edge of a hundred meters deep canyon. In some
places, you encounter boulders, which have fallen down. Do not take this
route, when it is raining, nor straight after the rain.
From the sign starts a wide
path ascending on the right hand side of
the river Cares along the pass of Peyucu. You pass a couple of ruined
buildings, which served the workers, who built the Cares canal. On top
of the Los Collaos (32min) (520 m), you can discern the ongoing
the rock wall of the canyon.
The path descends between tall
stone pillars to a
where you see the first time the canal (58min) (425 m). From now on, the
canal follows the
route together with the Cares river. You go through
three short tunnels (1h09min) (410 m), and pass a waterfall rushing down
along the slope of Amuesa on the left side of Cares. In Culiembro, you
encounter a couple of cottages, a fountain and nut trees (1h18min) (430 m). A great variety of trees and
bushes grow from the rough rock walls.
The canal flows swiftly on your right, before you cross a bridge
(1h26min) (440 m), after which you go through a couple of short tunnels
and cross another bridge. After one more tunnel (1h32min) (445 m), you
see the canal
at its widest. The path comes to the sunny
By a waterfall you cross the bridge of Bolín
(1h44min) (430 m). After the
bridge of Los Rebecos (1h49min) (430 m), you enter a tunnel again. After it, you see
sharp pointed rock formations on the slopes. By a canal building
(1h59min) (430 m), starts a long tunnel, where a torch is helpful. At
the other end, you cross a
bridge (2h07min) (435 m), and, in a couple of
minutes another bridge, before you reach
Cain (2h17min) (445 m), located
at the foot of Picos de Europa. The rivers
Cares and Chicho meet in Cain.
Return the same way back to the beginning of the route (5h).