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Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour with Lunch

1. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour with Lunch

Leave the hustle and bustle of Marrakech behind for a day and head to the Atlas Mountains and the 5 Valleys. Your first stop is the famous waterfalls of Ourika valley. Enjoy spectacular views of different landscapes as far as you can see. Watch Berber woman extracting Argan oil – unique to Morocco.  Continue through the Oukaimden Valley on secluded mountain roads and pass through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones. Discover the authentic life of Berber people and enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Berber house with an amazing view over Sidi Fares valley. Visit the Asni valley, famous for its apple, walnut, almond and peach trees, and enjoy the sight of the snowy summits of the Atlas Mountains.  Conclude the tour with a drive back to Marrakech passing by the fifth valley, Tahnaout.

From Marrakech: Full-Day Agafay Desert Quad Adventure

2. From Marrakech: Full-Day Agafay Desert Quad Adventure

This tour provides a bit of everything, from adventure to amazing mountainous landscapes and great food in a traditional Berber setting. Enjoy a full-day excursion at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. You’ll travel from your hotel or riad in Marrakech to Lalla Takerkoust Lake. Discover the beauty of this lake that stretches for 7 kilometers. Ride through wonderful eucalyptus forests and lush hidden canyons to the Agafay Desert. A Yamaha quad and all the necessary equipment (goggles, hood, helmet, and raincoat) are provided and will be in excellent condition. Your professional and attentive guide will be with you the whole day, adapting the pace and route to the level of the participants. Savor a delicious lunch prepared by a Berber family and be warmly welcomed into their home. Experience a traditional way of life that hasn't changed for hundreds of years. Cross through the Agafay Desert, admiring arid hills that look like Saharan dunes. On the return to Marrakech you’ll enjoy sublime views of the Atlas Mountains.

Agafay Desert Quad Biking

3. Agafay Desert Quad Biking

Upon pick up, head for Agafay Desert, situated only 40 kilometers from Marrakech. Meet the instructor for a short safety induction, then you will be handed a helmet and other protective material to make the most of your quad bike tour through the Moroccan Desert. Set out to discover the endless fields of golden-colored land as you drive through the dirt roads and enjoying the view of the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Afterwards, continue navigating your quad bike until you come upon enormous Lalla Takerkoust Lake. Be surrounded by arid mountains reflected in the turquoise waters. Enjoy the stunning landscape during a stop on the route and enjoy a typical mint Moroccan tea. After taking numerous photographs, you will return to the starting point and be driven back to your hotel or riad.

Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

4. Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

Discover and explore deep Berber country in the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy the landscapes of desert, valleys, villages, and open plains on a full-day trip from Marrakech.  The drive takes you first to the Agafay Desert, just south of Marrakech, where you’ll experience some dune bashing before continuing on to the Lalla Takerkoust region, making your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you’ll begin a 4x4 adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik Plateau, where you’ll drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting Berber homes, and sampling their traditional mint tea and homemade bread.  When you arrive at Imlil Village, located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, you’ll have the option of hiking for an hour to Armed village or continue to the village by 4x4. The 1-hour hike with a local guide is of moderate difficulty. In the village you’ll be served a Berber lamb tagine for lunch at a local home. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan salads and homemade bread during the meal.  After lunch and a short relaxation break, you’ll head down a gentle hill to Imlil village, where you’ll meet your driver for the 1-hour trip back to Marrakech via the Haouz plains.

From Marrakech: High Atlas Berber Cooking Class

5. From Marrakech: High Atlas Berber Cooking Class

Experience the rich culture of Morocco through its cuisine on this half-day tour. After pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech, head off into the Atlas mountains to a traditional Berber household. Under the guidance of members of the household, you and your group of up to 6 people will prepare a sumptuous meal of appetizers, a main course, and desert, helping your group discover the secrets of a subtle and succulent cuisine. Immerse yourself in the Morocco’s rich culture as you spend a half day with the family, with your guide at hand to translate and offer further insight into Berber and Moroccan culture. After dining on the fruits of your labor, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Marrakech.

Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

6. Marrakech: Day Trip & Hiking Atlas Mountains

Your day will begin when you meet with your driver at 8:30AM by the Cafe of Hotel Ali, situated near the post office at Jamaa Elfna Square. From here, you will drive towards the Toubkal National Park. At 10:00AM, you will meet with your mountain guide and have some mint tea before heading out to walk. At 10:30AM, your walk will start from the center of Imlil up to the Ait Souka Village. Here you will discover nice views towards Mount Toubkal, which at 4,167-meters is the highest peak in North Africa and considered one of the best trekking locations in Morocco. The walk will then continue, crossing the villages of Tamaterte, Targa Imoula and Achain. The trail will reach its highest point in Imlil (2,000 meters), from where you will receive a fantastic view over all of the Imlil villages. At 1:30PM, you will be welcomed into a Berber local family to have your lunch on a beautiful roof terrace with nice views over the mountains and farms of walnuts, cherries and apples. At 2:00PM you will set off for the rest of the walk so as to complete the circle of the Imlil center. Following this walk at 3:00PM, you will meet your driver and drive back to Marrakech, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation or the airport depending on your wishes.

Meet the Berbers: Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip

7. Meet the Berbers: Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip

Your full-day trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains will start with a pick-up from your hotel or Riad. First, you will drive east towards the town of Tahannaout, where you will make the first stop. Admire a panoramic view of a mud-brick Berber village on top of a hill across the Ghighaya River. Then, continue to an Argan Oil artisanal factory run by local ladies. Sample local bread, Argan oil with min tea, and learn the process of extracting this liquid gold. If your day trip coincides with a Tuesday, visit the local weekly Berber Market in Tahannout or the one in Asni that runs every Saturday. Next, you will cross the canyons of Tibidrt with stunning views of the river and juniper forest on our way to Asni. From here, you will continue to Imlil Village, located at the foothills of Mt.Toubkal. Upon arrival at the Village center, meet your local Berber guide for an hour-long moderate hike in Toubkal National Park past various scattered Berber settlements to a small waterfall. Then, treat yourself to a delicious cup of fresh squeezed Orange Juice while admiring the views before you continue to Aroumd village. Next, a well deserved three-course lunch home-made made lunch will be served at a Berber house. In the mid-afternoon, Descend back to Imlil center, where you will meet your driver. Continue to Kik Plateau across green valleys to Agafay Desert, then get ready for a 30-minute camel ride across the stone desert. Finally, you will drive towards the Lalla Takerkoust lake, which serves as a water reservoir supplying Marrakech. Your Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day trip from Marrakech will end with a drop off at your hotel or pre-set drop off points in the Medina.

From: Marrakech: Lalla Takerkoust Lake Quad Bike Experience

8. From: Marrakech: Lalla Takerkoust Lake Quad Bike Experience

You can choose to join either the morning or afternoon session. Be collected from your accommodation and be driven in a comfortable car by a professional driver. Along the road, see the beautiful harmonious nature before you arrive at Lalla Takerkoust, which is 32 km far from Marrakech.  Listen to a briefing on the safe use of the quads then receive your equipment. Begin your tour and leave Lalla Takerkoust towards the wild valley of turtles and desert plateau, rushing into the High Atlas oasis and wadis. Enjoy a breath of fresh air in the Atlas region. Discover small Berber villages and take the opportunity to meet the wonderful local people. Stop on the Kik Plateau to see an extraordinary panorama view over the artificial lake, which is 7 kilometers long. The blue waters spread until the foot of the Atlas. Here, you can enjoy a delicious mint tea while soaking up the view. Return along another track then be collected for the drive back to your accommodation. 

Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

9. Splendid Imlil: Mount Toubkal Day Trip from Marrakech

Travel from Marrakech to Toubkal Massif on a full-day trip into the Atlas Mountains. Visit a national park that’s characterized by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys. You’ll take in spectacular views of the highest summits in the Atlas mountain chain here as you make your way through the park. At the small village of Imlil you’ll leave the highway and arrive at the starting point for exploring the Toubkal area. Enjoy a hike of around 20 minutes in this stunning natural environment, stopping for lunch at a restaurant that faces Mount Toubkal. The massif, standing an impressive 13,700 feet, is the highest mountain in the Atlas Mountain rangem and one of the highest peaks in Africa.

Marrakesh: Half-Day Agafay Desert Quad Biking Adventure

10. Marrakesh: Half-Day Agafay Desert Quad Biking Adventure

Enliven your stay in Marrakesh by booking a half-day guided quad bike tour, departing directly from your accommodation. Surprise yourself by traveling into the heart of the desert of Marrakesh. The desert of Agafay is one of the best destinations to enjoy a journey of quad biking, away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Your guided half-day quad tour on the rocky and desert plains will vary between wadis and off-road trails, traveling through Berber villages along the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Whilst out in the desert you can explore the surrounding Berber villages whilst enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the mountain scenery. Halfway through your trip, visit an authentic Berber village to discover the authentic local lifestyle at a traditional home-stay. There you will experience traditional Moroccan hospitality, being offered mint tea and Moroccan pancakes. Following that, stop to take photos of the snow-capped peaks of the Toubkal Mountains, before making your way back to Marrakesh.

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What people are saying about Al Haouz

Amazing experience, saw the Atlas Mountains, complimentary camel ride, was a full day rather than a half day so would be mindful of that. We paid separately for the Atlas Mountains tour which was wonderful, went up to the mountains, was shown how they make argan oil, had a camel ride. We did all of this again with the cooking class, but instead of going for a hike we went to a tiny mountain side village where a very kind man welcomed us into his beautiful home, with a huge terrace that you could see for miles from, absolutely stunning. He showed us how to make the traditional meal of tomato and cucumber salad with orange, and the delicious chicken tagine. We had this meal several times in Marrakesh so was fantastic to come home and cook it for our family! Also showed us how to make the mint tea, took pictures and videos of us cooking, was so wonderful, and chatted with us whilst we ate but also left us to enjoy. Amazing experience, incredibly beautiful day, and the most gracious host!

Had a wonderful trip with Mohammed! This trip to Imlil was a well organised escape from Marrakesh to see the Atlas Mountians. Mohammed drove very safely, shared some interesting facts about Morocco and we made many stops that felt very authentic and free from tour groups. We really enjoyed the tea in a Berber home and the included lunch was delicious and in such a peaceful setting overlooking the village of Imlil. It was a short walk to see the waterfall and we were given many photo opportunities and time to take in the surroundings. Mohammed is very friendly and fun and I would recommend booking with him if you want a nice and hassle free day trip to the Atlas Mountains.

Had a beautiful day, very well organised, scenery was amazing, such friendly, welcoming people. Many photo opportunities and unforgettable experiences. A traditional meal hosted by a Berber family with spectacular views. Our guide, Marone, was fantastic from collecting us from our hotel to dropping us back again, he went the extra mile throughout our trip Anthony, Julie, Callum and Sophie

Marone was an amazing tour guide. He explained everything on the trip, was incredible at making the whole day fun, interactive and overall a 10/10 experience. He also sings and has an amazing voice! The day started at 8am and we got back to our hotel at 5/5:30pm, so it is a full day with a climb to the top on unsteady grounds so wear comfy shoes and be prepared for an amazing full day!

Guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Learnt a lot.