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Half-Day Wildlife Tour in Mercantour National Park


Come with UIMLA-certified mountain leader Richard on a great day watching the wildlife in the beautiful Mercantour National Park in the French Alps.

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1/2 Day

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




Let me show you a side of southern France that only a few ever see! I will take you on a half-day sightseeing trek to get a close look at the native wildlife of the French Alps in the Mercantour National Park!

Located near the Italian border, and roughly 90 kilometers from Nice, Mercantour is one of France´s 10 national parks. It is a popular destination for tourists seeking mountain activities and adventurers looking to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the region.

The park is home to an array of fascinating plants, including the edelweiss and the martagon lily. The saxifrage was even the former emblem of the park! There are over 2,000 different species, so the flowery scenery and wooded trails are sure to delight every type of traveler.

This also means that the animal life within the park is just as diverse and intriguing. It is common to catch a local chamois eating its breakfast, or hear the whistle of a marmot as you stroll along the path. You may also encounter ibex, deer, mouflon, and plenty of other animals as you hike through the park.

Our trip will begin at the tourist office of Isola 2000, where we will depart at 8:00am. We will cover about 400m in altitude as we look for the incredible animals that call this slice of nature home. I will bring binoculars and telescopes to make sure you can discreetly view the wildlife without disturbing or frightening them.

We will return to the impeccable alpine lawns of the park entrance after a 3.5-hour hike. The trek is conducted at a moderate pace, but our intention is to sightsee and appreciate our time in nature. It is a perfect trip for anyone intending to familiarize themselves with the French Alps.

Book this nature hike now and spend a day with me observing the remarkable wildlife of Mercantour!

For anyone looking to have an extended adventure, I can take you to the Italian side of the Lausfer Lakes! I also have a perfect half-day hike within Isola 2000 to get you accustomed to the area.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

This is the price to join one of our group tours. Children are 9 EUR each, and free from the second child.


More info

The price for children is free from the second child.

Meeting point

Isola 2000 Tourism Office.

About the guide

Nature is for me a fabulous field of investigation . Colors, scents, sounds are always present and reveal us so many sensations.
My hometown is Nice on the French Riviera and I explore my region from the Mediterranean shores to the highest peaks of the Mercantour National Park. In the summer time on foot, and in the winter with snowshoeing.

I am looking forward to guiding you in my region, sharing the vision of chamois, marmots and ibexes, on the tracks of wolves, and with a golden eagle in the sky.


French | English




Nice, France

What people are saying about Richard Petitjean

Nicola stott


April, 2022

Richard delivered exactly what I was hoping for. The choice of route suited me perfectly; he fitted in with my timelines which was important to me and the cherry on top was that he was a delight to walk with and chat to for 3 hours. If I was here a little longer, I’d do another one and definitely will when I come back. Thank you ☺️



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