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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 Ourika Valley with its waterfalls, the villages of the Oukaimeden Valley, and the orchards of the Asni Valley. Drive along the scenic 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.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Atlas Mountains 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. Then 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

Prue C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an amazing day! We couldn't have asked for anything more. Definitely a day we will remember forever!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Absolutely amazing! The guides were welcoming, funny and informative. Lunch at the Berber village was amazingly delicious - Best tagines and couscous in Marrakech!

Grace C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A great break from the city. Lunch in the mountains was an absolute highlight, not just of the day but of our entire trip to Morocco. Truly one of the best meals of my life! Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and professional.

Philippe C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent day tour, informative with a great guide and an amazing location for our delicious lunch

Mohammed sabeel A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this excursion, had plenty of amazing views and the tour guide was very entertaining. Would highly recommend this day trip!

Adam G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Abdul was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. This is a great way to see sights beyond the usual tourist areas. Lunch is fantastic too.

Jigna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Absolutely fantastic! Loved everything about this tour however the highlight of the whole day was our tour guide Mustafa. He has a heart of gold. Highly recommend this tour, be sure to wear comfy shoes as a trek is involved!

Azmi H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Going by the reviews this looked like the best day excursion to do whilst in Marrakesh and I and #39;m pleased to say the reviews were spot on. Mustafa was our driver and he was an entertaining guide. The highlights of the trip for me was a trek up to a waterfall and the meal at the Berber house.

Sumaira R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing tour guide Shakeeb was friendly and welcoming. Quite a trek up to the waterfall but well worth it. I would recommend good footwear with grip as it can get slippery on the rocks. The meal was delicious at the Berber house. Amazing experience highlight of my visit to Morocco!

Glenn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The hike up the waterfalls was fantastic, as was the lunch in the Berber village. The scenery in general was beautiful plus the calmness and fresh air of the mountains was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of the city. Our guide Mustapha was a great guy, full of information and a good sense of humour. Would highly recommend this tour and this company.

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