We drove from Chefchaouen (in the direction toward Tetouan, there will be an exit to the right and from there you just keep driving until you reach the parking). Right on the parking lot there will be "tour guides" offering to take you. You don´t need them. (But if you choose this option, don´t take them up on their first offer, haggel the price as they will overcharge you)
So, as you start walking, first there will be some restaurants and stands where the sovenirs are sold. When you pass them by, you should come across the first little dam (photo). There are also some statues and stuff and it´s the first crossroad. To the left is the road to the waterfall. You will follow the road and before a curve to the right you need to climb to the left (photo). There´s next to no signs at this part (some maps are ruined, guessing by the "tour guides") Once on this road you just keep on walking for half an hour until the small waterfall (photo). (Due to a late start we weren´t able to continue to the big waterfall so I have no idea how long it would take, read on here 2 hours) We really enjoyed the waterfall, took some great photos and went for a swim to the cave benethe it. The water in the late september is cold but worth it and so refreshing after hiking. On our way back down, we sat at one of the many restaurants on the way, at the table that´s right in the water and had some morrocan tea and a chicken tagine (photo).
However, if at the first crossroad you take a right, you´ll go to the God´s bridge. We went there first by mistake but it was the best part of my day. At first it´s your everyday hiking route but soon you´ll start crossing the river, hopping from a rock to rock or climbing them. It was so fun and so beautiful. Again, there will be restaurants along the way (improvised buildings with plastic tables and chairs) so we would, every once in a while, ask at said restaurants to confirm us we were on the right track. After a half an hour we got to the bridge and it was breathtakingly beautiful (photo). We went into the cold water and cooled off a little.
The hikes aren´t that difficult. One doesn´t need the special hiking gear. Just something comfortable. The tourists went into the water with their shoes on. The locals brought flip flops, so maybe that can be a good idea. A lot of people went into the water in their clothes, we prefered bathingsuits. Something to cover one´s head might be a good idea too. We brought a bottle of water with us. Every restaurant has bottled water and there are hose with the river water coming out of them. My boyfriend drank some (he was fine afterwards), I just used it to refresh myself. Camera is a must!!
You can easily spend the whole day here. Or a few hours depending on what you intent to see.
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