Discover the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains on a full-day trip from Marrakech that explores broad valleys and lush orchards with views of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Ride a camel through a broad gorge, pause for tea in Imlil Valley, then hike to the isolated village of Ait Souka to share a meal in a Berber family’s home. Throughout the day, take in the mountains’ beautiful scenery: terraced gardens that climb steep hillsides, tumbling waterfalls, and an alpine kasbah.
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
We were picked up on time directly at our hotel. The driver didn't speak much English and we were often guessing about what the day would include- we kept a positive attitude and were very rewarded. After a stop at an Argan oil cooperative we were dropped off at the foothills of Mt. Toubkal. We set off on a 2 hour hike to a waterfall, rug cooperative, and lunch. The hike was not too difficult and the views were beautiful. Our local guide shared a lot about the villages and Berber culture. We really enjoyed our escape from the big city to spend time in the mountains.
This whole experience was made perfect by our wonderful guide Ismail. Not only was his English absolutely fantastic, but he was welcoming, knowledgeable and funny. He took care of everything and his family were kind. I would highly recommend him and the trip was made special by his charismatic attitude.
Enjoyed the day, the guides were kind... but honestly i was a little underwhelmed. I would have enjoyed more just staying in Marrakech for the day. The hike was barely a hike rather a short walk. Lots of wasted time waiting. Spent 4 times longer in the car than we did actually doing any activities.
What a wonderful insightful trip this is, cannot recommend it high enough. Although we had a delay picking people up that was not their fault and was well communicated to us by Mohamed.
We eventually set off and took in all the wonderful scenery on route to our camel ride, what great fun this was, dressing us up to look the part a great experience. We left there and visited a Berber village where they make Argon Oil, the lady that talked us through was amazing speaking in English and Spanish to accommodate and we got to taste the oil, peanut butter (to die for) and honey and made a purchase or two in here.
We went on and stopped at a couple of fantastic locations to take photos and hear more stories from our wonderful guide.
We were lucky enough to go to his village where we had the most amazing lunch and although some were surprised this was not included for 7 euro i'm not sure why people complained for a 3 courses, it was one of the best i had during my week in Marrakesh.
After lunch we trekked to the waterfalls through villages and amazing scenery and then met the bus to come home.
Mohamed was a credit to Viator and talked so passionately about his home and history and we all came away saying how wonderful he made this trip, give that man a pay-rise!!
For the price of this trip it truly is a no a no brainer and if you are thinking about it, I would say do it you really should not have any regrets.
Left Marrakesh for a short trip to the mountains. Our guide was well informed and lots of fun. Our destination was a short drive and he took time to explain where we would go and what we may see. Our weather was good and we were brought to a small field where the locals met us to take us on a short camel ride. Dresses as the locals we experienced a short trek around the field, not too exciting but if you have never ridden a camel it would be ok. We then stopped for a small snack of olives and bread. We continued our drive to several small towns where we were shown women's cooperatives where they make local oils and rugs. There was never pressure to buy and it was very informative. Stopped for a short lunch and then up to a beautiful waterfalls. You may wish to hire a donkey, made it so much easier to trek.
The camel ride was great fun. The hiking in Atlas was great. Hiked 500 mètres up to a place of great natural beauty. Stunning waterfall. The second hike was higher to plateau to a beber village and then walk to another village for lunch. We guessed this was about 7km... Our guide Mohammed Larby was very nice ... so helpful and Always smiling. He had us for tea at his house afterwards.
It was a long day and not for the faint hearted. For a less arduous climb the first climb would suffice but then it was a complete day with all included. An experience for sure! Wear clothes / shoes for hiking!
I went on a trip at the end of February. This trip was amazing.
I waited in the morning because I didn't get a confirmed mail about pick-up, but fortunately the pickup driver visited our hotel.
I didn't feel good about the driver who came late without any contact, but the driver was very kind and spoke good English.
He soon felt better because he delivered a lot of information to us and was very pleasant.
The trip was overall perfect and well worth the money paid. I highly recommend this tour.
I have a plan to visit Marrakesh with my friends again and I will go to this trip again.
This was an enjoyable fun day out in the Atlas Mountain foothills. The camel ride was good fun, even though it was literally 5 mins out and 5 mins back! Not a ‘trekking’ experience just a gentle 30 min walk in the hills to a waterfall, then onto a great lunch and back.
The scenery is fantastic just don’t get too excited or expect too much from this trip! :)
Guide English has been very bad, people would not recognise the half of what he said. Generally tour have been interesting and we seen a lot of things. At the end we had a surprise - we have been told that our price is not covering lunch, so we need to pay additional 7 euro per person for that. I hope VIATOR will sort this out...
Good to see money from the tour going to berber villagers
, May 2019
Issmail was our guide and was very helpful. He is actually from, and still lives in one of the berber villages we visited, and we got to meet his family. The food at the local restaurant was very good and as you paid them directly, you knew the money was going to support a local business in the atlas mountains. The walk was lovely and this tour was one of the highlights of our trip.