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The Ourika Valley, dotted with pretty Berber villages and luscious gardens, is located south of Marrakech is very popular and easily accessable. To appreciate this picturesque valley we recommend that you devote a day or an over night sleep. Ourika Valley is particularly enjoyed by hikers who relish in the views once reaching the top.

- Drive the scenic roads of the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains

- See Berber villages and houses clinging to the side of hills

- Go to a locally-run argan oil women's co-operative

- Visit a typical Berber market (Monday and Thursday only)

- Walk to the waterfals of sitti fatma

Our 1 day plan:

Begin your experience with a pickup from your Marrakech hotel or from central Marrakech. Settle aboard your air-conditioned coach with your guide and travel south toward the Ourika Valley beneath the Atlas Mountains. After roughly 45 minutes on the road, enter the foothills of the rocky range and soak up the views as you make your way along the steep-sided Oued Ourika gorge. Breathe in the cool mountain air and pass rushing rivers, lush terraces, and apple, almond and olive groves tended by Berber villagers. If you’re here between February and May, enjoy the added sight of green pastures awash with wild flowers and hillside cherry orchards wreathed in pink blossom. Glimpse mud-and-stone Berber hamlets where donkeys drink from mountain springs, and as you travel, hear fascinating tales about the age-old Berber culture and customs. Stop at a village and learn how the locals cultivate their crops in the rich valley soils. Head inside a rustic Berber house and discover more about the slower pace of mountain life as you chat to the friendly locals over a glass of mint tea. Afterward, admire more beautiful scenery as you return through the hills to Marrakech, where your trip concludes at the original start point.

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