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clock-o7 to 8 hrs (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Just an hour’s drive from Marrakech, the scenic Ourika valley lies in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. On this tour, choose between a small-group and private tour, and customize your itinerary to your preferences—enjoy breakfast at a traditional Berber home, hike to the Setti Fatma Waterfalls and cool off with a swim beneath the falls, ride a camel through the valley, or tuck into a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Magnificent views of the Ourika Valley and Setti Fatma Waterfalls
  • Various tour options available including lunch and camel ride
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Marrakech
  • Personalized experience: choice of private or small-group tour

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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I
, Oct 2018

The trip was amazing. The views from the way were so different and natural. The local people were really welcoming and nice. Mr Said, the driver, was amazingly helpful. He gave us options for restauratnts and things to see in Marrakech. He also stopped whenever we wanted and helped in anyhting needed. We were overwhelmed by how kind and genuine he was. Highly recommended tour in a very reasonable price.

M
, Oct 2018

As with several trips we did in and around Marrakech, Viator arranged this trip through local company 'Instyle' travel.
I cannot complement the drivers/guides from Instyle enough, they are friendly, helpful and Knowledgeable.
Our driver for this trip was Muhammed, he drove us up into the Atlas mountains stopping at a traditional Berber house for green mint tea before heading up to our drop off point for the walk to the falls. We were then passed over to our local/walking guide, also called Muhammed, who couldn't have been more helpful and supportive on the trail up to the falls, he was very careful to lend a helping hand to my wife and daughters whenever he felt they needed it and was full of useful information about the local area.
In the Ourika valley it is common for guests at restaurants to sit and eat there meal at a table in the river, so you have your feet in the water to keep cool, sure enough our included meal was served in this fashion which is certainly something to try at least once!
After our meal Muhammed picked us up for the trip back down the mountains to Marrakech, he even stopped at a village fruit market at our request and helped as our translator while we bought fresh produce to cook our evening meal.
Instyle seem to specialize in small group tours, for us as a family of 5 we found this a perfect way to to see the local sights as we had our very own driver/guide who did not have to share his attention with a bus full of other guests. You travel in smaller vehicles, comfortable and air conditioned so because of this you driver can tailor the trip slightly to suit you.
I cannot recommend 'Instyle travel' enough and would advise anyone to use their small group private tours.

S
, May 2018

This is a great trip to see something entirely different to the City. We went during Ramadan and the weather was unseasonably cold, so the area was quite quiet which might feel quite different when the river is full of people taking in the sun going up the drop off point for the walk to the waterfalls.

Said, the driver, was great taking us there and our walking guide Mohammed was excellent taking us up to the waterfalls - being both entertaining and also helping us get over the more difficult areas in the safest way possible. You should be aware that the walk to the waterfalls is not particularly long, but if you are unsure on your feet there are some relatively challenging areas when you have to cross the river over stones and for instance go up/down a short ladder, so the smaller the group the better as the guide will be able to help you more.

That said, the walk is certainly worth it and the views of the waterfall and the valley are great.

C
, Apr 2018

It was ok thought having the rugs and other items pushed on you was not that good.

A
, Apr 2018

Love this trip. You must go for this tour . There is a lot of walking and climbing but it’s worth it. Comfortable shoes are needed.

j
, Mar 2018

Great time. Views, lunch and Camels were all fantastic

A
, Feb 2018

Really nice day out in the mountains. Guides were really informative and helpful. Food was really nice, and the location was beautiful. Drive was a little long on the way back, but was broken up on the way out by stops at the berber house, camels and argan oil shop.

A
, Jan 2018

Really enjoyed the trip - ended up being a private tour for my husband and I because no-one else booked on the same day.

Professional service with a phone call from the company before and after the trip to check whether we were okay and asking for feedback.

Great value for money!

B
, Jan 2018

Beautiful tour. Our driver and tour guide were amazing. Wear hiking shoes and get ready to hike an hour up the mountains. Also there’s about 20-30 min of rock climbing involved to get to the waterfall. Otherwise beautiful trip, delicious food, and wonderful people we met along the way. Love Morocco.

A
, Jan 2018

Good:
- Our driver Sayeed was really nice and friendly - he told us about the history of Marrakech and the areas we passed by.
- We really enjoyed visiting a berber house and eating a traditional breakfast. It felt authentic and the family were very nice and welcoming though they didn't speak English.
- It was good to learn how argan oil was made in the women's co-operative although it was enormously overpriced and more of a shop than a place of production

Bad:
- Unfortunately after we arrived at Ourika, the trip was not fun at all. Our nice driver left us with a far less friendly guide who was only interested in taking us to his friends' shops and restaurant which were tourist traps. He just rushed ahead of us without saying anything the rest of the time - and then had the cheek to beg for a tip! The small waterfall is quite uninspiring and the hike to get there is just a littered path past loads of touts selling the same tourist junk as in Marrakech. For lunch, you are taken to a restaurant without being given the option to go anywhere else although the whole area looks quite unappealing. The place was empty except for us, virtually no choice on the menu. I ended up paying 120dh for a horrible lukewarm soup in a dirty bowl, a lukewarm plate of meat and chips, and a pot yoghurt from a supermarket multipack. I was scared I'd get food poisoning! After that it was a relief to go back to our hotel.

I am sorry to leave a bad review because the driver was very nice, but we finished the day feeling like we'd been scammed.


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