A program for those who want to discover authentic Morocco and the Berber people far from the hordes and the beaten track! A change of scenery guaranteed thanks to a total and deep immersion in the rural Berber and mountain world.
Day by day
Arrival to Marrakech airport, welcome by your local guide and transfer to your riad in the Medina. Time to explore the Djemaa Elfna square and Souks. Free diner
Leave the busy city behind as you head for the Atlas. The Berbers live here; to see their villages and to observe their everyday farmland and village activities is fascinating. Their traditional mud-brick homes are seen plus the rapid, recent change to concrete construction.
Ouzoud Falls are en route, an ideal stop for refreshment. Reach the happy valley in the afternoon, welcome by your local hosts, after a cup of mint tea, time to explore the village and meet with the local inhabitants.
Today, your local guide will take you for a walk through the green oasis and Berber villages at the foothills of the Atlas, plenty of time to encounter the local Berber inhabitants and get a deep insight of their traditions and way of life. Enjoy a wonderful time experiencing a whole new world for you. Beautiful landscapes, history lessons, stunning architecture, fun activities, lively entertainment, freshest food, all a sensory overload will leave you awash in amazement. Your adventure will be carefully guided by Mohamed who will invite you to lunch in his traditional house together with his family, an amazing opportunity to learn about the Berber people, the food, and the history of this amazing land. For a spectacular sunset, climb the steep but straightforward trail up to the zawiya (shrine) of Sidi Moussa, a local marabout (saint), on a conical hilltop at the center of the valley. Look for the trailhead just opposite the Gîte Timit.
The round structure served as a collective granary and has been restored through a community effort, with fitted-stone walls and weather-beaten wooden doors making a worthy photo backdrop. When it's open, locals charge Dh10 admission, which includes tea.
Evening, Back to your guesthouse, time for relaxation and diner.
Enjoy a morning mule ride to see the dinosaur footprints located in the, neighboring village of Ibakliouen. Back to the village and time for a tea ceremony and a cooking workshop with a local family; learn how to cook a traditional Tajine using fresh vegetables and spices.
Afternoon, carpet weaving workshop with local women then free time for own sightseeing.
Evening music and dancing with the locals at your guesthouse.
Today we hike in the footsteps of the last shepherds of the Atlas, the Atta nomads. The Aït Atta nomadic tribes carry out transhumance twice a year between the desert and the mountains, thus perpetuating a centuries-old tradition. Climb the southern slope of the High Atlas to Lake Izourar to reach the great outdoors where we meet one or more Aït Atta families.
In the evening, time for a Berber chronicle, drinking tea in the tent. The nomads allow us to live in depth their traditions and customs, that of the Aït Atta. The elders tell us the history of their tribe, how they fought to obtain their grazing places, explain their way of life, how the nomads take care of themselves in the mountains, how the celebrations are organized: marriage, circumcision, etc.
Overnight in tents
Breakfast with the nomads then descent towards the Bougmez valley.
We reach the village of Zaouit Oulemzi where we spend the last night before heading back to Marrakech the next day.
Time to explore the village and interact with the locals.
Morning drive via the red valley of Ait Bou Oulli towards the natural bridge of Imi N'Ifri. Take a hike to this stone structure created by the water that flows underneath. Contemplate the slow but persistent force of nature in the formation of this fully functional limestone bridge, used for hundreds of years.
Reach Marrakech in the afternoon, free time for sightseeing.
Optional guided walking tour of the city centre, taking in the main sights on your way to the sprawling Djemaa el-Fna main square and souq. As is usual in a souq, individual trades and crafts are concentrated in one street or area, so the shoemakers are all next to each other, as are the jewellers, potters and weavers. This is the best place in Morocco to sharpen your bargaining skills, and you are almost certain to be tempted by some of the extraordinary variety of merchandise on display – perhaps a pair of traditional Moroccan slippers or some spices. The market almost has the atmosphere of a medieval fair. Snake charmers and jugglers are among those who vie to entertain you. In the evening, wonderful smells waft by as food stalls cook up their local delicacies.
Time in Marrakech before you drive to the airport for your departure flight.