Experience three of the Atlas Mountains’ beautiful valleys and traditional Berber life on this full-day trip from Marrakech. Traveling into the mountains by 4x4 or minivan, discover the lush Ourika Valley with its idyllic waterfalls, the timeless villages of the Oukaimeden Valley, and the orchards of the Asni Valley. Drive spectacular mountain roads and enjoy lunch at a restaurant, or, if you wish, in a Berber family home. Upgrade to also visit Takerkoust Lake and the high Kik Plateau. Numbers are limited to seven for a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Day trip to three scenic valleys from Marrakech with the option to also visit Takerkoust Lake and the Kik Plateau
  • Get away from the hustle-bustle of Marrkech to the stunning Atlas Mountains and witness traditional Moroccan life
  • Admire the many waterfalls in Ourika Valley and see native women extract Argan oil
  • See traditional Berber villages in Oukaimeden Valley and take the opportunity to dine with a local family
  • Pass acres of almond, peach and walnut trees in Asni Valley
  • Extend your adventure with a visit to idyllic Takerkoust Lake and the distinctive Kik Plateau
  • Small-group tour limited to 7 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Taking a day to explore the stunning scenery of the Atlas Mountains is a highlight of any trip to Marrakech. You get to see how different life is in the villages of the valleys and what a truly beautiful country Morocco is!

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What You Can Expect

Three Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech with Optional Visit to Takerkoust Lake and Kik Plateau

Discover the Ourika Waterfalls on your day trip to the Three Valleys

Taking a day to explore the stunning scenery of the Atlas Mountains is a highlight of any trip to Marrakech. You get to see how different life is in the villages of the valleys and what a truly beautiful country Morocco is!

Begin your small-group day trip with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or riad, and  board your air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan.

Hear about Morocco’s rural way of life as you drive into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Admire the snow-tipped peaks as you head further into the spectacular range, and after roughly an hour, arrive at the Ourika Valley.

Ogle the greenery and terraced slopes and stop to admire the Ourika’s stunning waterfalls — a lovely contrast to the rugged mountain slopes.

Walk to the falls and take photos of the tumbling waters, and then visit a local Argan Oil Co-operative, where Berber women extract the oil of Argan nuts to use in cooking and cosmetics. 

Watch the women working and visit a bio-aromatic garden where plants and herbs are cultivated for medicinal, aromatic and decorative purposes. 

Drive on into the beautiful Oukaimeden Valley. Climb to 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) up a winding mountain road, passing Berber villages of stone and adobe perched on the steep slopes.  

Stop for lunch at a restaurant (own expense) or opt to visit a local family home for your meal. Meet your welcoming Berber hosts and enjoy a homemade lunch of salad or soup, tagine with couscous and a dessert and drinks.

Continue to the third valley — the Asni Valley high in the mountains. View Mt Toubkal, at 13,665 feet (4,165 meters) and pass the Asni’s apple, walnut, peach and almond groves.

Afterward, return to Marrakech or, if you’ve upgraded, take the 1-hour drive to Takerkoust Lake. Admire the azure artificial lake framed by snow-capped mountains and pass traditional villages to the Kik Plateau, a limestone mountain plateau with epic views over the verdant valleys below. 

Your trip then ends with a drop-off at your Marrakesh accommodation.

Customer Reviews

Mohammed S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Perfect tour with 4 p. in good SUV. Very friendly, interested and good english speaking guide, sights are great. We recommend this tour !!
Dave and Johanna

Lorri F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

For three women and one teenage girl, this tour was our favorite day on our Marrakech visit. It started a little shakily because I hadn't thoroughly read the voucher where I was supposed to set the pick up time and location 24 hours in advance but I was able to call the company and set things up the night before. My bad for not reading the small print but it also seems like Viator could make those terms more prominent and/or send a reminder email. Anyhoo, the person I spoke to on the phone couldn't have been nicer and we set up a pick up location.

Although they were a little late, they called to let me know and were super courteous. Abdul was our driver and guide. Not only was he excellent at both, he really impressed me as he is passionate about the community of people who live in the Atlas Mountains. He is from the Atlas Mountains and has family that lives there now.

Everyone enjoyed the hike to the waterfalls including me although I didn't go quite to the end- there was a place where I would have to jump over rushing water between two boulders and I'm a terrible jumper, so I opted not to go but the view was great even from there. You definitely need good footwear and not mind climbing some rocks. The Argan Oil collective was very interesting and the views became more spectacular as we climbed. We had lunch at a Berber family house on a terrace with a breathtaking view. The food was delicious and plentiful, well worth the extra cost. Everyone agreed that lunch was fantastic. After lunch we continued to climb and saw another valley, then started down. During the drive, Abdul gave us a window into life in these mountains and that was probably my favorite thing. If you get a chance to take this tour, do it!

boris t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great Tour and cool Tour Guide!

Graham G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

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.

graham

Maria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had an amazing day on the 3 valleys tourAbdul was a fantastic guide, really good English, very knowledgable and entertaining. We loved everything about Marrakech but really got a feel for the local life from this tour. The views were stunning, everyone was really friendly, and the food was great as a vegetarian, I was a bit concerned - I didn't want to cause any offence by being the awkward one but it was no problem. A really wonderful day that I would absolutely recommend to anyone that has the opportunity.

Carol O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great trip! We had the same guide as one of the other trips. He was great!!! This is a nice way to see more of the area outside Marrakech.

mashah

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a really good tour! Abdul, our guide was great. He spoke English well and was quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed the hike up to the waterfalls. It was a little challenging.. definitely wear tennis shoes. The visit to the Berber village to have lunch was excellent. Khadijah cooked an excellent tajine meal for us which we enjoyed on the terrace of her home. The views were outstanding! The time length of this tour was perfect. This tour gave us a glimpse of Moroccan terrain and scenery that we never expected! We would highly recommend it!

Ersin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Everything was perfect, Thank you very much Mustafaour guide blind Musti:

Jodi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our guide, Mustafa was fantastic and we couldn't have asked for a better day.
I would recommend this tour to absolutely anyone.

Hayley G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I admit I get very travel sick so was quite apprehensive but really wanted to experience as much as I could on holiday, and it was worth it. The guide picked me up at a place easy to get to from the Riad, same for the other people we collected along the way. There were frequent stops and a lot of information about where we were going, passing, and seeing. the scenery is stunning, and plenty of stops for pictures and exploring. If you take the optional trip to the waterfall, wear a sturdy shoe! You will be climbing over boulders and slippery outcrops and it will be worth every second. On the way up and down you pass through some co-ops for the village, and the souvenirs are beautiful, well priced, and hand made in and around the area. Take water with you and use the bathrooms as and when they are mentioned Lunch at the Berber house was one of the best meals I ate whilst in Morocco. Spend that extra 15 euros. The view from the patio where we ate was breathtaking too. The lake was viewed from the surrounding hills, on the return journey to Marrakech and the weather was perfect to take it all in. The driver/guide was lovely very friendly and knowledgeable and helped with translating and questions we all had.

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