Where to even begin! This trip was worth every cent spent! Our guide Mohammed, a wonderful, genuine, really nice Berber man collected us at our Riad perfectly on time and from there we picked up two other couples so there was six of us in total. The van was spacious and air conditioned and very comfortable. After probably a 30/40 minute drive, we had our first stop in a local Berber market where we got a feel for the local people and customs. After, we continued on with our drive to the mountains where we pulled over at the side of the road and Mohammed showed off his vast knowledge of the Berber culture and some of its history. We then stopped a few minutes later at the women's argan oil co-op for mint tea and some sweet things with it. At this point we got to chat with the others in our group which was great and a good laugh. Then the ladies in the co-op gave us a run down of how argan oil is processed and we all ended up buying some!! Highly recommend buying some here!! We then continued on with our drive up to Imlil the Berber town and the hike began with plenty of stops to appreciate the beauty of the area and its rich history. One of the highlights, for me, was when we reached the waterfall, local and moroccan children were bathing/playing in the water cooling down and the rest of us were putting our arms and legs in the water- pure bliss. The orange juice we got there was as fresh as can be and this was a welcome break mid-hike. We then continued for quite a while, taking in the stunning scenery and view of the mountains until we finally reached Mohammed's home where he graciously invited the 6 of us in to meet his family and we sat down in the sitting room to relax and chat and drink tea. After about half an hour, we made our way back down to the main road, where we were picked up by our van and brought to the base of the mountain for our camel rides which were great fun. Overall, it was an amazing experience, so enriching- Mohammed was a real gem , doing anything he could to make sure we had a good time. Highly recommend this day trip when in Morocco!
Fantastic day trip from Marrakech. Pick up and drop off from the hotel was prompt and hassle free. Our guide for the day was Mohammed potatoes, who lived in the Berber villages himself so had lots of information about the area and the Berber people. First stop was a view point near a Berber village where Mohammed explained some interesting history. Next up was a breakfast stop and visit to an Argan oil co-op factory prices at the factory for the Argan products are very reasonable. Next stop was the camel ride, although I opted to ride a horse as I had been on camels many times before. During the ride Mohammed was more than happy to take lots of pictures for us. We continued the drive to the Berber Village of Imlil and stopped for a fantastic 3 course lunch worth noting that you need to pay 75 mad each for lunch but it is well worth this. The view from the terrace on which lunch is served can only be described as stunning. After lunch we went back to Mohammeds house for some mint tea and a great insight in to how the Berber people live. Next up was the trek to the local waterfalls which are gorgeous. Please make sure you have good shoes on as trek is at higher altitude and is in sometimes rocky and wet conditions. It was then a walk down to another village to meet the transport back to the hotel. All in all, a great trip and the day was well worth the money with a great guide Mohammed who was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in pointing out things of interest and was happy taking photos of myself and my wife. It was one of our highlights of our trip to Morocco.
We had a lovely day! Pickup from our riad was prompt and our guide Omar was lovely. He was very chatty and knowledgable - we very much enjoyed having him with us on the trip. The tour was beautiful and the views were amazing! Omar took lots of photos for us on the cliffs which was lovely.
First we stopped at a small women's co-operative, where we were shown the process of making organ oil and their different end uses. We stayed there for around 20 minutes enjoying the surroundings, and they provided us with tea and bread. Then we made another stop where we had a lovely camel ride, followed by a trek up to the mountain. I suggest wearing comfortable shoes and a jacket, as it was a little bit chilly. The waterfall was incredible, the path Omar took us really gave us the best views. We then stopped for lunch not included in price and we were served a delicious 3 course meal for only 70 MAD. This was great as we got to eat and relax in a traditional berber home, and the owners were extremely welcoming. a
Overall we really enjoyed this trip, trekking to the Atlas Mountains is a must when visiting Marrakech.
If the organisers haven't gotten in contact, I recommend emailing them the night before your excursion, just to confirm pick-up time and address.
Pick up from hotel prompt. Our guide Mohammed and driver Abdul were great and very knowledgeable. First stop near Berber village where Mohammed explained some interesting history. Next stop Argan oil factory where had a nice breakfast and learnt about the making os argan oil. Next and most interesting was the 7km hike up the mountain where we saw great scenery and lovely waterfalls. Please make sure you have good shoes and something warm to wear as it gets very cold and low oxygen as you climb up the mountain. We also did a camel ride before the walk. Finally late lunch at a Berber family which was most welcome. All in all great trip and day with a great guide Mohammed was very enjoyable.
Fantastic day trip from Marrakech! Our driver, Mohammed, was prompt and friendly and pick up and drop off went smoothly. Issmael was our guide, and he was great! He explained everything and gave us fascinating information on the region and the people. We had a few stops before reaching the valley. Issmael took lots of pictures for us. I had asked about buying a tagine pot and he made a special stop at a good place to buy it. He was very accommodating with another person on our trip who had some health challenges, and made sure everyone was comfortable and happy.
One stop took us to a women's coop for argan oil where they also serve you Moroccan tea. Next was the camel ride, then onward up the mountain. After reaching the first village we hiked up for a view of the valley and Issmael pointed out all of the villages. We continued trekking to the spectacular waterfall where you can also enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice for 10 MAD. Our journey though the valley gave us grand vistas as well as intimate views of the Berber village lifestyle. This was s pleasant hike but don't wear your dress shoes! I'm glad I had on sneakers as it was muddy in places and you are following donkeys some of the time. Lunch in the Berber home was delicious and everyone was welcoming to our group. Issmael made sure before we left Marrakech that we were prepared to pay for the lunch since it was not part of the specific trip we booked. We were prepared for the 75 MAD each for lunch, since I had read about in other reviews. Overall it was a pleasurable, marvelous day. Issmael and Mohammad were great, and my son and I were so glad we did this trip.
Some tips: I wanted to double check the exact time of pick up and glad I did, since the driver didn't know the place where we were staying. Got it settled the night before and everything went smoothly. This trip is higher in altitude and requires trekking in sometimes rocky and wet conditions. If you have a heart condition, or trouble walking on uneven surfaces or for distance, you may want to customize your tour with your guide.
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