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Another 3 km on a slightly narrower road takes you to the cluster of auberges and hotels at Casterino, sitting in a magnificent valley along the swift little river. Our photo-1 (above) was taken at the terrace of one of the auberges, looking back towards the south.

Tende, St. Dalmas and Casterino are centers for excursions into the Mercantour. We took a four-hour loop hike into the mountains to the east, up to the Baisse de Peirefique (2030 m) where we found the old bunkers and a bovine family shown in photos 2 and 3. Our hike came south to Baisse d'Ourne (2040 m) and down through the forests to our starting point.

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IGN (1/25,000) #3841 OT "Vallée de la Roya"

Didier Richard (1/50,000) #9 "Mercantour"

There's great hiking in the mountains surrounding Casterino. Trails go out, and up, in just about every direction, following the ridges and passing numerous little mountain lakes.

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