Experience four 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.Day Trip Highlight :
- Visit the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech.
- 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.
- Discover traditional Berber villages along the way.
- Small-group tour limited to 7 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide
After morning pickup from your Marrakech hotel or riad, travel with your small group in a comfortable and air conditioned 4x4 vehicle or minivan with an experienced english speaking guide through the majestic Atlas Mountains.
After one hour drive you will reach Ourika valley , famous for its waterfalls which you will explore with your expert mountain guide, about 1hr 30 min walk for going and coming back (if you aren’t interested by the walk you can have a drink in the small cafes beside the river)in this valley you will have the opportunity to visit the Berber women extracting the argan oil (the unique Moroccan oil).
Continue through the second valley which is Oukaimeden valley (Ski resort), and taking a secluded mountain road standing at 1800 meters above sea level to reach the third valley of this tour which is Sidi Fares, you will pass through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones, and to discover the authentic life of Berber people and culture we will arrange a delicious lunch for you (Moroccan salad or soup, Berber tagine, moroccan couscous, dessert and drinks) in a typical Berber house. Afterward, head toward the fourth valley that is Asni, famous by its fruit trees (Apples, walnut, almonds, peaches...), have your camera ready to take pictures of highest peak in North Africa, the Toubkal mount with 13 665 feet.
At this point, head back to Marrakech
or, if you’ve chosen the extended option, continue your journey into the Moroccan countryside for another hour. Travel to Takerkoust Lake, a serene sapphire-blue artificial lake popular with locals, then, pass wheat fields and villages on your way to the Kik Plateau, a distinctive limestone outcropping in the Atlas Mountains that offers wonderful views of the lush valleys below. Return to Marrakech and conclude your thrilling tour through the Atlas mountains with drop-off at your hotel at approximately 5pm.