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Valley of Wonders (La Vallee des Merveilles)

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It’s now the second time I’ve laced up my hiking boots and slung on a heavy rucksack for an amazing... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2018
England, United Kingdom
The Valley of Marvels

La Vallée des Merveilles is a French open-air prehistoric site decorated with almost 40,000... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
London, United Kingdom
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| Tende, 06430, France
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

It’s now the second time I’ve laced up my hiking boots and slung on a heavy rucksack for an amazing journey through this part of the Alps, a journey I first completed back in 2014. The stunning scenery around this rugged mountainous area was just...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Tim_Rogerbecks
Reviewed July 29, 2018

La Vallée des Merveilles is a French open-air prehistoric site decorated with almost 40,000 pictographs. It is also very difficult to access. After 2.5 hours of driving up the Roya Canyon, one reaches Les Mesces. From there, at 1,515 metres, it is 3.5 hours of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

We hiked the Vallon de Fontanalba (Italian trail name) loop from Casterino to the lake and back down to Casterino. It was A++ and very easy to find and stay on the trail. You get a lot of different landscapes and experiences in hike. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

In general we spent 9 hours hiking and it was an amazing day! Beautiful views! It took uz ± 3 hours to hike tothe Vallée des Merveilles and ± 2 hours to climbe to the summit of Mont Bego. The view from the top is...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Greta V
Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

We did a full day hiking in the vallée des merveilles and had a great experience. Not only the views were beautiful but the drawings on the stones dating from a few thousands years were interesting too. I can recommend to take a guide for...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

My fiance and I decided to explore the mountains. I have always wanted to go dog slaying since a visit to Canada. I wasn't aware that this existed here in Alpes-Maritimes. I fully recommend they experience. The scenery is magical and the dogs were so...More

Thank GWebbFrance
Reviewed October 13, 2014

Did a three day hike with friends in the Vallée des Merveilles. We took the train des merveilles from nice to tende then started our hike from Casterino. We encountered a small problem: the touristic train that supposedly takes people to the vallée des merveilles...More

Date of experience: September 2014
3  Thank Kayla J
Reviewed August 21, 2014

Being on our first hike, we decided to take a guide, which was an excellent idea. Not only he took us through the side roads available only to guides, so we had the full experience of beautiful nature, but he also explained us a lot...More

Date of experience: July 2014
2  Thank S3A_Whal3
Reviewed August 2, 2014

It was a 2 hour walk up from Tende to the site of the petroglyphs. We joined a small group of like-minded travelers and a ranger took us around to look at the rock art and talk about it; it's meaning, history, discovery, interpretation, and...More

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank ggold113
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Granted, most people go to the Valley of Wonders for one of the most beautiful hiking experience in the Alpes of Haute Provence. However, between two hikes, fishing lovers may have one of the most rewarding salmon trout fishing experience of their life. From the...More

Date of experience: July 2012
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Sarah K
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Response from Haruspex17 | Reviewed this property |
If you go on foot, there is no price for it. It is a long, long walk. If you take a 4 wheel drive vehicle, it depends on how many people are on it - minimum price is €90 for the entire day. Well worth it after my experience... More