Escape to the Atlas Mountains

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API Provider: Rezdy and Redeam
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Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 8.0 hours
Trip difficulty: Moderate
Max Group Size: 10
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/New_York
Highlights Explore the lower slopes of the High Atlas
See layered rocks of vivid colours shaped by geological events millions of years ago
See the Ourika Valley’s almond orchards, olive groves, and wildflower meadows
Enjoy a dip in cool, clear waterfalls of sparkling purity
Visit a Berber village nestled in the countryside
Travel a mountain track to the canyon village of Setti Fatma
Summary
Escape Marrakech to discover the beautiful Atlas foothills, and the majestic Ourika valley
Description

Escape the heat of the city for the cool, fresh climes of the High Atlas to connect with nature in all its splendour, in the scenic lower foothills of the rugged mountains and Ourika Valley’s Berber villages.

 - Day-trip easily from Marrakech, the Ourika Valley stretches 42 miles (68km) from the outskirts
 - Explore the lower slopes of the High Atlas amidst walnut groves, poplar and weeping willow
 - See layered rocks of vivid colours shaped by geological events millions of years ago
 - Prepare for eye-catching scenery that is a glorious visual spectacle and cooler than the city
 - See the Ourika Valley’s almond orchards, olive groves, and wildflower meadows
 - Enjoy a dip in cool, clear waterfalls of sparkling purity
 - Visit a Berber village nestled in the countryside
 - Learn the origins of the word Ourika and how the settlement was formed
 - Discover some of the Berber language, especially the local chleuh dialect
 - Travel a mountain track to the canyon village of Setti Fatma - officially, the end of the road

Rising in the formidable rugged peaks of the High Atlas mountains, the fast-flowing Ourika River gushes through the Ourika Valley enriching the soil and nurturing groves of walnuts, poplar and weeping willow. Renowned for its rocks of incredible colours, caused by the thinning of the earth’s crust and shaped by a series of geological processes that occurred many hundreds of millions of years ago, the Ourika Valley is distinct for its multi-hued series of layered ridges in purple, green, white and black layers caused by sedimentary rock that formed at the bottom of a shallow ocean. In between the crevices, sprouting green shoots burst forth topped with brightly coloured blooms backdropped by skies of blue. The result is eye-catching scenery that is a glorious visual spectacle, that you will not soon forget.

Our Ourika Valley Full Day Excursion offers an escape from the heat from the city, to a cooler landscape in the shadow of snowcapped High Atlas peak. As the closest day-trip destination from central Marrakech, the Ourika Valley stretches for 42 miles (68km) practically from the gates of the city, beginning at the plain of Haouz and grinding to a halt at Setti Fatma at 1500m altitude. The valley boasts a mood-altering terrain blessed with almond orchards, olive groves, and wildflower meadows. Richly endowed with waterfalls and lush green velvety carpets, a delve into rocky outcrops reveals prehistoric rock carvings and ancient mountain paths. On the Ourika Valley Full Day Excursion we will visit the picturesque Berber village of Ourika, nestled amidst beautiful countryside criss crossed by bridge-straddled streams. Square mud huts, baked pink in the sun, cling to the scrub-topped hillsides where farmers live a traditional lifestyles.

Underneath the looming presence of cloud-cloaked soaring peaks, take a dip in the waterfall pool on the excursion during the hot summer months or enjoy the winter dusting of snow. You will climb some of the scenic paths, across rocky plateaus and rising stone trails and marvel at the landscape’s dramatic panoramic views. Together we will witness some of the Valley’s rural traditions and enjoy a mint tea in a Berber home, before driving along a small mountain track to the canyon village of Setti Fatma - officially, the end of the road. Wedged beside the river, the settlement sits at Ourika Valley’s southern tip and is the launch point for high-octane treks to the furthest reaches of the High Atlas peaks.

Included Private transport to and from the Atlas Mountains
Tea in a local Berber home
A Traditional Morrocan meal
A friendly, professional tour guide for your own private group
Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places
Excluded Additional food and drink beyond the scope of the tour
Gratuities (optional)
Know before you book Private transportation is included
This is a private tour
Know before you go Please bring comfortable walking shoes
Please bring any medical requirements you need throughout the day
Please bring hat and sunscreen during summer months
Additional Information Not wheelchair accessible
Dress Code: Please bring comfortable walking shoes and a hat during summer months
Health Items Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands

Operating Info

Booking Cut-off 48 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 10 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Operating Type:

Fixed Times

Season:

Season: From 01-06-2020 To 01-04-2021
Sunday 09:00, 09:30
Monday 08:30, 09:00, 09:30
Tuesday 08:30, 09:00, 09:30
Wednesday 08:30, 09:00, 09:30
Thursday 08:30, 09:00, 09:30
Friday 08:30, 09:00, 09:30
Saturday 08:30, 09:00, 09:30

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 31.626247, -7.989001
Address: Café de France in the square, Jamaâ El-Fna, Marrakech, 40000
Notes:
Start Location Notes Café de France in the square, Jamaâ El-Fna, Marrakech, 40000
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 40.7025714, -73.99056
Address: 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States
Notes:
Start Location Notes Café de France in the square, Jamaâ El-Fna, Marrakech, 40000
Start Location Notes 123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217, United States

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

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FAQ

Will there be other people on the tour or is it just us?

All of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.,

Are entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?

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What is your cancellation policy?

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Who do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?

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