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Collected at 8.30 from our hotel by 4x4, the driver introduced us to 3 others - Boris from Germany,
Giselle and son Luca from Brazil in such a warm way we were immediately at ease and made a happy group.
Mustapha was the driver with a lovely personality and sense of humour giving great info as we went into the Atlas Mountains following a river towards Ourika. A stop to experience crossing the river on a very rickety bridge was quite an experience. Arriving at Ourika we met a local guide for our trek onwards and upwards to the waterfall, hard going in places but a rewarding experience.
The tour continued by road with wonderful scenery of snow covered peaks and green foothills, several photo stops were made before stopping at a berber house for lunch in a beautiful setting with nice tagines served on an outside terrace with views to die for.
The tour continued on narrow roads through picturesque settings to a plateau and lake. We seemed to arrive back to the city from a much flatter route which was deceptive in time.
A very good day was had with Mustapha being the perfect host.
Fabulous day. Walked up to see the first waterfall in the Ourika Valley, stopped to have drinks along the river in those unique chair and couches set up in and beside the river. While other tours would have ended here, we continued on to see authentic Berber villages and eat a wonderful meal in a family home. We saw beautiful mountains and vistas that very few tourists see, and we were fortunate to have great people with us. We laughed and had an amazing time the whole day. Abdoul our driver/guide was fantastic. Heartily recommend this trip!!
Fantastic multilingual guide made the trip worthwhile. Many excellent stops including a one hour or so waterfall in ourika. Challenging but worth the effort. Excellent lunch (bit pricey) and stop at an Argan oil workshop to try the real deal freshly made.
Highly recommended, a complete difference to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech city life and the views were exceptional beautiful, unforgettable. Especially the special moment for lunch at the local village with the backdrop of tranquility of the mountains. Also the best highlight to Morocco. Just amazing. Be prepare for some hardcore climbing to the Ourika fall, you definitely need suitable footwear for this as climbing can be quite dangerous, steep mountain climbing. Otherwise, it's the perfect
The early pick-up from the hotel 8am took us to the Ourika Valley before the hordes arrived so we got to the falls easily. Traffic would make later visits less enjoyable and the trek along the river more hazardous. The villagers operate a collective to sell goods so there was no high pressure selling from individual shops. The second leg into the Oukaimeden valley was spectacular along narrow winding roads to a very isolated peaceful Berber village for lunch - one table set for 6 on a roof-top overlooking the valley. Stunning. The food tasted great. The trip was completed with a trip to the Asni valley but the highlight was the Oukaimeden visit. A great day out escorted by our guide Joachim who ensured there were lots of photo stops.
My girlfriend and I had a great time on this tour! The three valleys are beautiful and their landscapes are quite different, so it's worth seeing all three as opposed to just the Ourika Valley. Lunch at the Berber Village was amazing. We sat on the roof of the home on a sunny afternoon and enjoyed the best tajine of our trip. Would highly recommend this tour, but maybe skip the Takerkoust Lake. It's beautiful, but by the time we finished lunch we were exhausted and ready to go back to Marrakech.
Of note, the description mentions that you will be dining with a local family in the Berber village. This is not the case. They make a delicious meal for you to eat, but they serve you as opposed to eating with you.
Massively enjoyable day. The tour company called the day before to confirm pick-up time, before we even tried to find the number to call them, Tour driver Mustafa arrived on time, was as excited as us about the day trip. He was flexible, informative, had a great sense of humour and really made an effort to make personal touches, The lunch in Berber village was a highlight, probably the best food our whole holiday. The valleys were jaw-droppingly beautiful and the trek up Ourika valley good fun. The guide that accompanied on the trek was lovely - the company use the same guide for their tours. We did have to spend extra on the day for lunch and tour guide so the day worked out quite expensive but was worth it.
Excellent trip, as advertised, through varied and stunning countryside, not too rushed as only ourselves (three people) and one other couple on the tour. Guide was informative and helpful. If time allows would seriously recommend at least one trip out of "hectic" Marrakech to see a different side to Morocco. The Ourika valley was particularly spectacular. The included stop at an Argan Oil manufacturing village was surprisingly informative and enjoyable. Seeing Tom Cruise film part of the new Mission Impossible movie was certainly an unexpected / unplanned addition to the tour !!.
our tour started in Marrakech,we were picked up by our tour guide ,there was 3 other couples on this tour.we then proceeded to the ourika valley,the views were breath taking ochards small berber villages,rivers,mountains and vallies.we went up to the falls,we walked on a swinging bridge over a river,we had lunch with a berber family and our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable,over all a great trip and well worth the money.
Vinay Shanker S United Kingdom
It was an excellent day trip, definitely worth doing whilst in Marrakech. We travelled with a 3 year old and were pleasantly surprised as Shakid, our driver and guide, had arranged a car seat which wasn't done of any other tours. There was another couple who travelled with us in the SUV.
We had a trek to the waterfalls in Ourika valley and our guide there, Omar, was very helpful. He helped us with our son and even carried him on his shoulders. It is around a 30 minute trek and not for people with arthritis or mobility problems.
There was an option to do the camel ride but we skipped it as our son was asleep.
The highlight of the trip was the lunch in the berber house. It was an idyllic location with the view of the valleys. We felt as if we were having lunch in the Grand Canyon. We then drove past the Takerkoust Lake and Kik Plateau with a photo stop with the lake in the background.
I would definitely recommend doing this trip.
This was a brilliant trip out of Marrakech and into the beautiful Atlas mountains. It was great to have a break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and each valley we visited felt very different. The walk up to the waterfall at Ourika Valley was definitely worth the climb and the views from the top are great. The highlight was the delicious lunch in a Berber village. It was lovely to be away from other tourists and the view was spectacular. I would highly recommend this tour.
A great trip which gives an opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh and see a little more of Morocco. The opportunity to meet other travellers, the walk to Ourika Falls and lunch in a Berber home were particular highlights of the trip. Transport was modern and comfortable and the tour leader Abdoul provided excellent local knowledge and was attentive to everyone's needs.
A good opportunity to get out of the main city of Marrakech and see some of the dessert and the Atlas mountains. Sadly the tour seemed to focus more on getting you to spend money with the local artisans than seeing the sites of the Ourika Valley, however seeing how Argan oil is made was interesting.
Doing what: Ourika Valley Day Trip from Marrakech
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