Atlas & the 3 Valleys
Our day trip from Marrakech shows you the most diverse of landscapes while immersing you into the Berber culture.
Ourika Valley, visit of a Berber market, camel trek and the Atlas Mountains are all part of this day tour from Marrakech.
Starting off on the road to Ourika Valley and leaving Marrakech behind, the day trip soon takes us into valleys and then gorges. Before taking on the Atlas Mountains, we recommend a break in the village of Tafza, the rare opportunity to visit a typical Berber house overlooking the area. The house used to belong to an important noble man and has been restored to its original state by its French passionate owner. The traditions and customs of Berbers can be admired throughout the rooms and hallways where the different objects and furniture intertwine with ancient photos, some of them taken as early as 1900's. If you haven't yet caught your breath from the walk up to the house, the oued and the Ourika Valley can be admired from the roof terrace while sipping a tea or coffee.
Back on the road, our excursion takes us towards Oukaimeden, one of the few ski resorts in Morocco. But just when you start wondering when was the last time you skied, we turn right, leaving the main road behind. If so far we were crossing valleys and gorges, we are now completely into wilderness and you can almost reach the pine trees through the car's window. We are not likely to encounter anyone here, except maybe the local forest guard waving his hand as we pass him by. Our tour is cruising at just under 2000 meters altitude and the snow capped Atlas Mountains in the background make it a perfect spot for a picture shot. Starting the descent towards Asni on the other side of the valley, you can admire Richard Branson's mesmerizing Kasbah Tamadot in the distance, tucked between the cliffs and the lush vegetation. Lunch at Kasbah Tamadot can be arranged on request. If you are more interested in serious trekking in Morocco, we recommend instead taking our Atlas and the Lake day trip.
After the impressive landscapes, your appetite might call for some attention too. Lunch can be had either inside a traditional Berber house or just by the road in one of the impromptu restaurants serving succulent, fresh tagines. Each village around the area has its own Berber market a certain day of the week, something to witness if you get the chance. A camel ride can also be arranged locally.
After lunch our excursion takes us up onto Kik Plateau: the limestone plateau is set at 1800 meters altitude and offers spectacular 360 degrees views and, in the spring, a marvellous spread of alpine flowers. The contrast between the two mountain ranges is nothing short of amazing: a barren plateau with hardly and vegetation, the deserted landscape occasionally interrupted by scattered Berber hamlets. It is certainly worth stopping and having tea in a Berber house, miles away from any contact with civilization.
Starting the descent on the other side, you are likely to be overtaken by air by brave paragliders taking off from the cliffs above. We can stop for a moment if the light is right and capture the amazing landscape unfolding in front of our eyes. The vast barren panorama is only interrupted by Lalla Takerkoust lake, spreading out for kilometers. In the distance, on a clear day, you can see Marrakech as our day tour passes by the ruins of Kasbahs once property of the local Pasha. We will stop for a tea and stunning photos by the lake before we start our journey back to Marrakech.
You are free to choose your time of departure. However, in order to make the best out of your Marrakech day trip, we recommend leaving no later than 9 AM. Forecasted return time in Marrakech is 5 PM.
PRICE.............................................................................................. 65 EUROS PER PERSON ( BASED ON 2 PERSONS SHARING THE VEHICLE). DISCOUNTS APPLY FOR 3 OR MORE PERSONS.
The rate includes: private ( sole use) of the modern air conditioned Toyota 4x4 and the English fluent driver- guide, entrance fees to all sites and monuments, refreshing drinks inside the vehicle, pick up and drop off from/ to the hotel/ Riad and transport insurance.