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Ourika Valley

Nestled in the foothills of the mighty High Atlas Mountains, the Ourika Valley makes a popular day trip from Marrakech at just 30km from the city center. A lush expanse of terraced fields and forested hillsides, the valley provides a picturesque ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This is an exceptional tour for both content and tour guide. There are 2 guides the main guide called Abdul and the hike guide also called Abdul. The tour consists of 4 valleys, 1 of which Ourika Valley consists of a mini hike to get a closer view of the waterfalls. This can be challenging for some however if you wear the appropriate footwear you will be fine. The tour guide Abdul for the hike is a local berber who talks about his village and is helpful and gives support at trickier areas of the hike so your safety is always at the top of his agenda. One can venture further if the group desires or on an alternative trip further up the mountain can be done in an separate trip. Bear in mind there is a break stop at the top of the 2nd climb where you are offered a beverage at above average prices. The climb and views itself in this valley are beautiful. This ends with a riverside break with a beverage which is included.

The other 3 valleys are more photo stops which are quite breathtaking if you enjoy landscapes and the outdoors. During the tour there are visits to a traditional berber house where you see an insight of a typical berber house and their way of life. For lunch this again is at another berber house however at a peak of a mountain in a modern built house. This consists of soup, tagine of your choice, couscous and fruit for desert. I do recommend the beef as it is very tender and succulent.

Finally I will say for the most part all tours have the same content however what makes tours stand out are the tour guides. The main guide Abdul is probably one of the better guides I have come across. He provides enough information that is relevant throughout the day and is flexible in his schedule. If you would like to stop for photos he is happy to and also offers help take photos or even suggest photo opportunities. At each stop he stays close by so if you have any questions he is available. He is well educated and is knowledgeable with a high level of English so you will not have any communication issues can sometimes occur during tours in countries where English is not the first language. He is generally very open about himself and can ask away at any questions. I have had experiences with tour guides where they just read of a script and give short abrupt answers and you leave the tour thinking what did you learn that you couldn't read of a guide book or internet. This tour is not that. This tour offers an insight to life outside the busy hub of Marrakech and I cannot recommend it enough particularly so because of the tour guides.

Doing what: High Atlas Mountains and 4 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

Nils L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

This tour was a one of the best parts of our stay in Morocco. Abdul is an affable, knowledgeable, and skilled guide. The highlight of the tour is the setting. I live in Switzerland, so I know a thing or two about beautiful mountains. The scenery on this tour still blew my mind see a couple of the pictures I posted. Also had some great tea and food, and learned a lot about Morocco by quizzing Abdul and listening to his thoughts. He was just the right amount of talkative, engaging and providing commentary, but just as important and more rarely found in a guide he allowed us to enjoy the scenery in pleasant silence when we were in a quieter mood. Abdul also introduced us to interesting people along the way in the activities outlined in the tour description, including a great local berber guide, Abdulatif, who took us up the hike at Ourika. I can't recommend this experience enough, and specifically Abdul as particularly excellent guide.

Doing what: High Atlas Mountains and 4 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

Iain C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

I had a wonderful and fascinating day in the Atlas Mountains with Ismail my driver. I was the only guest which made the day even more special. Abdo who led me up to the 7 waterfalls in the Ourika valley was also great, sharing about the Berber culture as we went. The homemade tajine was amazing!

Doing what: High Atlas Mountains and 4 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

Barnabas T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

This trip was very nice and gave us insights into Morocco from multiple aspects. Both our driver and our guide at Ourika Valley were very skillful, modest and they had good command of English. We weren't pushed to buy and our guides didn't ask for any extras at the end of the day. These are small, but very precious details. I really liked the berber house we visitied during the day, the guide showing around was absolutely fantastic, good English, very nice and thorough explanations on how things work. The trekking was also nice, absolutely doable, but you better to wear closed shoes with good grip. This trip was a very good value for money!

Doing what: Ourika Valley Day Trip from Marrakech

Craig B

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2012

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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