Next treck: "TRECK PICOS DE EUROPA" (August 29, September 2, 2022)

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GUIDE: Ernesto Carrera



Cangas de Onís - Arenas de Cabrales - Puente Poncebos -The  Cares river Trail or  "Garganta Divina" ( Divine Throat ) -  Cain - Chorco de los Lobos - Ermita Corona - Posada de Valdeón - Puerto de Panderruedas - Riaño - Boca de Huérgano.

Route along the  Cares river ( tributary of Deva river), deeply sunk between the limestones of the Cornión (W) and Urrieles (E) massifs. It is a beautiful example of fluvial geomorphology, surrounded by steep slopes leading to the heart of the Picos de Europa. It was built between 1915-1921 improving over the years, the last renovations took place in 2012. Its origin is due to the construction of the Camarmeña water channel.

The Cares route from the North, after descending Los Collados. The Amuesa wall (left).

The Cares route looking North. The Amuesa wall (right).

 Heights of Mount Castiellu (437m, right) in Amuesa Wall

Old houses and shelters for workers during construction and maintenance.   

Peaks  looking North. The Cares trail is visible on the right

Glacial modeling and recent erosion in the Quaternary period on the limestones

The trail runs between the excavated rock and the depths of the Cares River

Hut built in stone, practically pampered with the rock 

The bed of the Cares river. Note debris cones with blocks and loose stones

A small and beautiful seven arched viaduct built in stone, helps to save the level

Wild set of rocks where vegetation appears everywhere

A small metal bridge on the final stretch to Cain

The river Cares near Caín

Dam of Caín (449m)

 View (I) from the Valdeón valley. T. Bermeja (left) and Llambrión (right) 

View (II) from the Puerto de Panderruedas. T. Llambrión (left), T.de Salinas (right)

View (III) from the Puerto de Panderruedas. Horcada del Trave (left), T.Cerredo (right)

View (III) from the Puerto de Panderruedas. T.Bermeja (left), T.Aristas (right)


Cangas de Onís - Covadonga - Lake Enol - Lake Ercina - Majada de Las Bobias -  Vega de Ario - Majada de Belbín - Mine of Buferrera - Lake Enol - Covadonga - Cangas de Onís. 

An itinerary that introduces us to the glacial and the karst landscapes, the flora, the traditional constructions and a good preserved example of iron mining. Includes a visit to the monumental place of the Sanctuary of Covadonga


Lake Ercina (1108m) and  Llucia Peak (1334m, left)

Mosquital valley. Mosquital (1286m, right) and Bricial (1288m, left) peaks

Peña Jascal (1724m) towards the East beetwen clouds

Lake Ercina  a glacial basin surrounded by limestone walls

Leaving between clouds and fogs, the Porra de Enol (1274m, center) in the background

Traditional buildings (Majadas) for the manufacture of artisan cheese called Gamoneu

Nice view of Lake Ercina and Bricial Peak from the route to Majada de las Bobias

Onopordum acanthium with  other plants in route

Jasonia glutiona (Rock Tea) on grey limestone

Spider webs and dew forming curious geometric shapes

Cows and bulls are part of the most traditional landscape of this region

Detail of a foraminiferous limestone.  Mollusks and crustaceans are appreciated

Limestone pinnacles in the Buferrera iron mine area

Lights and shadows on the return to Lake Ercina in the afternoon  
Lake Ercina (750x250m, 3m deep) in the late afternoon from divider between lakes

Lake Enol (650x400m, 25m deep) in the late afternoon. The fog usually hides them

The Holy Cave of Covadonga on Mount Auseva. Tomb of King Pelayo (? -737 d.C)

Basilica of Covadonga (1877-1901)  built entirely in "Griotte Stone" or red limestone

Noelia and M.Ángel (Madrid), two of the members of the treck group


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