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Hiking with the vultures: a 3-star canyon rim ramble

The walk starts here in le
Rozier, right on route
D996, next to the tourism
office.
The green Michelin guide calls the "Corniches du Causse Méjean" a three-star ramble, one of the best in France. The first part is more like a climb up ten flights of stairs. Once you reach the rim, though, you're in heaven -- or close to. Beneath your feet are stunning (and sometimes vertiginous) views of the Tarn and Jonte gorges, as deep and majestic as the Grand Canyon (but well wooded).

As you ascend, you'll gaze on Peyreleau,
le Rozier's tiny twin village across the
Jonte gorge.
Giant vultures were successfully reintroduced here. At the "Belvédère des Vautours" these huge predators soar past seemingly within reach.

On this hike, vultures soar past at eye height.
Time to Le Rozier: 1.5 hours.
Full hike: 5.5 hours with lunch. Taking in just the Belvédère des Vautours and the other spectacular views on the Jonte side could cut your time in half. The Michelin green guide to the Pyrenees, Languedoc and Tarn Gorges provides a map and lots of details about the Corniches du Causse Méjean walk. Look it up in the section for the Gorges du Tarn.

The canyon rim on les
Corniches du Causse
Méjean.
From Valros, take the N9 toward Pézenas. Continue on past Clermont-l'Hérault, then past Lodève, then finally toward Millau, as the N9 becomes the evolving highway A75.

You'll hike among the top
floors of massive stone
formations as tall as
skyscrapers.
In Millau, look for frequent signs for the Tarn gorges. The N9 continues through town. At Aguessac, turn right onto the D907. Le Rozier is dead ahead. Look for the tourism office (on the main street, D996). The Corniches du Causse Méjean walk begins right next door. A cell phone tower dominates the town. You can also drive up there and park, if you want to save yourself some uphill scrambling.
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