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“A day excursion to the Atlas Mountains”

High Atlas Mountains
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Took a one day excursion to the Atlas mountain. The tour cost varies in price from different tour operator. 200 to 350 Dhirams. Have to bargain to get the lowest price. Always start low. The tour includes 2 to 3 hours drive to the Atlas mountain where there is several waterfalls. The price includes transportation only but the tour operators don't clarify. On the way to the mountains, they stop at a Berber House which is a traditional Moroccan Home. You walk through the house and are offered Moroccan tea. The owner is obviously looking for a tip. Next the tour stops at a herb farm and where they make and sell cosmetics. Very pricy and not worth it. Finally you drive to the falls area. Here are lots of restaurants and cages by the river all along the road to he mountain. Once you get to the falls area, you are introduced to a guide or two. You are left thinking that they are part of the tour but they surprise you at the end when they ask you for 100 Dhirams per person. There are from what we were told 7 falls from small to large. The climb to the falls is steep and rocky. Almost like rock climbing. The guide helps you up. However, make sure you have sneakers or boots. Stones are slippery. I do not recommend this for those who have heart condition or knee problems. The falls themselves are small and almost trickle in places. Not worth the climb. There is a cafe at the falls and the price of tea or sodas are 4 times what they would be below the mountain.
Overall an average excursion.

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We booked a tour the day we arrived in Marrakech.
We visited a Berber village and visited a setup for tourists Berber household. It gave us a good feeling of how it was like. We went into the mountains to climb through overgrowth, up steep paths and across a small river with a waterfall nearby - that was exciting but a challenge to do. After an hour to we came to a cafe shelter in the mountains where we had a rest and some drinks and then made our way back down via a more scenic and less challenging route. It was a great walk. We were told to watch out for baboons & monkeys but never saw any. Probably frightened them away !
Finally we went to an authentic Tagine Cafe in another Berber village. That was the best Tagine I had ever tasted. There were cats everywhere in this cafe and a massive log fire - warm and cosy place. Unfortunately I cannot recall the name or location of this area.Then we moved onto the handmade goods shops. Usual bartering required but nothing special from any other market.
Would recommend visiting the Atlas mountains.

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Having had a bad experience going round the city of Marrakech with a driver who was not a guide...we decided to deliberately book a guide/driver for a day trip to the High Atlas. We wanted to see Berber villages, find out about their history, their way of life, get away from the madding crowd, and possibly see some wildlife - we are both birdwatchers. We stipulated 'no tourist centres' to the company. The drive began OK - the driver seemed not to talk much - and when we asked where we would be walking, he just said 'the waterfall' - and it became clear he was taking us to where HE wanted. Or perhaps, where he is licenced to go - everything seems very controlled here. We made no stops, even though we passed through some villages - and he didn't stop until we asked to ourselves. It soon dawned on us that we had no guide, just a driver - he was bored - made the trip three or four times a week, apparently. The landscapes were very interesting, but he knew very little - could not talk to us about the culture, the history, the way of life. We stopped at an Ayurvedic retreat, because we asked to stop (just to use the loo)- and loved it - and looking back, we should have stayed there - the objective of the tip, it turned out, was Siti Fatima. Tourist hell. A waterfall with little water, a long trek if you wanted more, (with another guide... ours was not allowed to go, he said, and he stayed in a restaurant.) Underfed camels and ponies for rides - etc etc etc. We didnt bother, stayed in the village, had a vastly overpriced and poor lunch by the river (quite nice to sit there for a while) ... then were driven back to town hell for leather, not stopping at all.
Our hotel helped us recoup some of the fee - 150 euros seemed pretty steep for the service.
I would love to go back, with a better guide, but would not return to Siti Fatima if you paid me!

2  Thank Vanessa G
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

We started in a 4x4 with just 4 in our vehicle although the other 4 vehicles had more passengers.We only drove for about 30 minutes then stopped while the English speaking guide who travelled in the first vehicle outlined the day ahead,which took at least 30 minutes standing in the cold.After another short drive we stopped at a pottery for another 30+ minutes where it appeared the object was to get everyone to buy something.Up into the Mountains and another stop where there were some locals with camels and half a dozen bangle sellers who tried to sell all sorts of "tatt".Another drive and a stop where the same sellers appeared.I looked later and found that they all rode mopeds and followed us=10/10 for effort. Another stop with the same sellers then to a village to taste the bread,olive oil and tea.I think the moped riders must have followed us for about 20 miles!
We stopped in a village restaurant for food which was not too bad but was not as good as the food on the other long trip we made.Also they asked everyone what they wanted to drink then told you afterwards before leaving there was extra to pay for this.
There were some good views along the way and stops for photographs where there were no locals to hassle you.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

The High Atlas Mountains are so stunning. The scenery changes dramatically as you drive out of Marrakech to Skoura to Oarzazate to Tenerhir to Merzouga to Fes. Each has a unique and interesting ecosystem. These were my favorite days, driving through the Atlas Mountains, watching the villagers, and seeing the beauty of the Moroccan landscapes.

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