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Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour

1. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour

Depart from Marrakech in a small-group or private tour to the Atlas Mountains in the company of an experienced, English-speaking guide, heading to the Ourika Valley, which is about a 1-hour drive from Marrakech and famous for its waterfalls. Visit the waterfalls after a 1.5-hour walk with a mountain guide and spectacular views of different landscapes as far as the eye can see. Visit Berber women extracting Argan oil, which is unique to Morocco. Continue through the Oukaimden Valley, taking a secluded mountain road and passing 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. After that, 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. This thrilling tour concludes with a drive back to Marrakech passing by the fifth valley, Tahnaout, arriving at approximately 17:00 PM.

From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

2. From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

Experience the beauty of the Ourika Valley up-close on this full-day scenic tour from Marrakesh, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day. The Ourika Valley is the closest day trip from Marrakesh, but it’s not just its convenience that makes it special. Drive towards the Atlas Mountains, taking in the beautiful landscape of green meadows and authentic 16th and 17th-century Berber villages. If you take your tour on a Monday, you can even stop at a roadside souk. See fruit orchards, vegetable terraces, and villages clinging to the side of hills. Marvel at the labor undertaken by the Berbers who hoisted materials to construct small houses up mountain sides, and work the terraces in a hostile environment. Continue along the valley of palm trees, following the Ourika River. Fruit trees, tiny hamlets, riverside restaurants, and the summer homes of the wealthy will keep you occupied. Go to Setti Fatma to feel the refreshing waters. Feel the spray on your face as you cool down from the African heat, along with the locals of Marrakech who have made it their favorite weekend retreat.

The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

3. The Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech

Enjoy a full-day trip from Marrakech to the most beautiful valleys of the High Atlas Mountains region in the company of an experienced guide. First, on your way to Ourika valley, you will enjoy the stunning sceneries. Take a 90-minute hike to see waterfalls and some spectacular vistas. Along the way, you’ll see Berber women extracting the unique Argan oil. Continue on to the second valley, Oukaimden, and take a secluded mountain road up to 1,800 meters above sea level. You’ll pass through many traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones, and see the daily life of local Berber people. When you arrive at Ait Fares, the third valley, you’ll be served a delicious full lunch. Enjoy a typical meal of soup, salad, Berber tajine, couscous, dessert, mint tea and mineral water in a local home surrounded by breathtaking scenery. After that, you’ll visit the fourth valley, Asni, best known for its fruit trees, where you can enjoy the views of the snowy summits of the High Atlas Mountains. The tour concludes with a drive back to Marrakech via the fifth valley of Tahanaout, arriving back in Marrakech at approximately 5:00 PM, and a drop-off at your accommodation.

From Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

4. From Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

Following morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, experience one of the best adventures within easy access of the city and journey to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan and travel in a small group with an English-speaking guide for approximately 1 hour. Marvel at the snow-capped peaks of the mountains as you approach the Ourika Valley, famous for its waterfalls and photogenic landscapes. Benefit from plenty of stops to take pictures of the stunning scenery throughout the morning. Upon arrival, join an expert mountain guide and embark on an optional 100-minute hike around the area and to its refreshing waterfalls. Alternatively, relax at one of the riverside cafés with a drink while you wait for the rest of the group to complete their trek. Then, visit an argan oil factory run by local Berber women to learn more about how the unique oil of Morocco is produced. Enjoy a full traditional breakfast of mint tea, argan oil, olive oil, honey, amlou (nut spread similar to peanut butter) and freshly baked bread prepared by the women right before your eyes. Journey back to Marrakech for an approximate 13:00 arrival, and get dropped off at your original departure point.

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley in High Atlas Mountains Tour

5. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley in High Atlas Mountains Tour

Escape the frenzy of Marrakech in the Ourika Valley, a cool mountain getaway not far from the city. Travel by road to the picturesque village of Ourika nestled in the High Atlas Mountain Range. Experience some of the beauty of the North African countryside without sacrificing the comforts of your hotel or riad on this day trek in the mountains. Pass the village of Ouigrane on your way up a 6,563-foot peak and admire a panoramic view from the top over Ait Oucheg Valley, full of terraces and traditional houses made of stone and clay. Ourika is an archetypal Berber village, with friendly people happy to show you around. See how the Berbers live and experience some of their food and their culture as you have lunch in a Berber home. Later on, see the 7 waterfalls of Setti Fadma and the stunning Ghamt Mosque. Along the way, learn more about the area from your guide, including which plants in the area are medicinal.

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

6. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

Experience one of the best adventures on a day trip from Marrakech and visit the Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains. Depart Marrakech at 09:30 and head towards the Ourika Valley with a private driver. Journey through the spectacular landscapes of the valley, known for its many waterfalls and Berber settlements in the heart of the Atlas Mountains terrain. Visit a Berber family to learn more about everyday life in the area, and then enjoy a relaxing day in the scenic settlement of Setti Fatma (Sti Fadma). Visit the 7 waterfalls of the village, nestled at the southern end of the Ourika Valley. Get enchanting views of the natural surroundings and enjoy your lunch in a beautiful restaurant near the Ourika River. Return to Marrakech by about 17:30. 

Marrakesh: Ourika valley, Berber Villages, & Atlas Mountains

7. Marrakesh: Ourika valley, Berber Villages, & Atlas Mountains

Visit Berber villages on this tour from Marrakech to the Ourika valley in the Atlas Mountains. Be welcomed into a Berber home for a cup of mint tea. Experience the natural beauty of the Atlas Mountains on a hike to the waterfalls at Setti Fatma. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at 9:30 am from your accommodation in Marrakech. Sit back and relax on the short drive into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Enter the valley of Ourika and view its dynamic landscapes and hillside villages.  Stop at a traditional house of a Berber family. Sit down and have a mint tea with the family before visiting the small mountain village of Ait Mechkour. Hike through the cliffs and green valleys to the seven stunning waterfalls at Setti Fatma. See traces of a medieval agricultural tradition as you pass by verdant terraces. Stop at a restaurant with mountain views where you can purchase a variety of Moroccan dishes. Return to Marrakech between 4:00-5:00 PM. 

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains day trip

8. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains day trip

Choose your pickup in Marrakech, and embark on an unforgettable trip across the villages and natural landscape of Ourika. Experience life in Berber communities as they welcome you to their home. Kick back and enjoy the views of Setti Fatma and the far-reaching Atlas Mountains. Your driver will guide you up the mountainous terrain, stopping at some stunning sites. Drop in for tea in a traditional Berber family home. Visit a woman-owned Argan oil cooperative to see the extraction and processing of the local “liquid gold”. Carry on towards Setti Fatma, a favorite destination for many Moroccans. Admire its lush green valleys, beautiful streams and waterfalls, cliffs, and open spaces. You'll hike all the way up to the first waterfall, accompanied by a local guide. Grab lunch in a local café, sat by a stream with a stunning view over the mountains. Explore a region that uses medieval agricultural traditions. Enjoy a peaceful walk around the Atlas mountains, bursting with native wildlife. Relax as your driver brings you back to Marrakech, full of memories that can only be made in Ourika.

Marrakesh: Ourika Valley, Village, and Waterfalls Day Trip

9. Marrakesh: Ourika Valley, Village, and Waterfalls Day Trip

Experience the beauty of the Atlas Mountains on this day trip to the Ourika valley. Go to a Berber home to have tea and eat a homemade breakfast. Try riding on a camel and explore the natural landscapes of the mountain. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Marrakesh. Sit back and relax on the way to a Berber house. Let your host welcome you onto a terrace with stunning panoramic views of the entire village and the Ourika valley. Take part in a Moroccan tea ceremony with a local Berber woman. After tea, have a homemade Berber breakfast that consists of pure honey, olive oil, and bread. Next, ride on a well-trained camel for 30-minutes. Continue on to enjoy the natural wonders of the High Atlas Mountains. Follow your guide on a hike to seven mountain waterfalls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant near the river where you can purchase a traditional tagine dish. Return to your accommodation in Marrakech.

Ourika Valley Full-Day Trip from Marrakech

10. Ourika Valley Full-Day Trip from Marrakech

Ourika Valley, at the foot hills of the High Atlas Mountains is only a 45 minutes south east of Marrakech. The valley offers a great escape from the heat of Marrakech for the locals during summer months. This group day trip to Ourika Valley from MArrakech is ideal for nature lovers and light trek into one of the small size waterfalls, or just relax and have a snack at one of the local cafés unted the shade of the walnut tress next to the stream. After a 30 minutes drive via the fertile Haouz Planes, you will reach Tnin Ouika center, where you will stop for a visit of the open air Berber weekly market. It is operated every day, but Mondays are much busier and lively. From here you will continue up to Setti Fatma. On the way, stop at a Berber house where you can share a cup of mint tea with the locals before you continue to Stti Fatma Berber village. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided light trek into the the water falls above the village (local guides available for hire). Return back to the village where you can have lunch (at leisure) at one of the local cfés next to the stream.

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What people are saying about Ourika Valley

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,515 reviews

Overall a very nice experience. Got to do a variety of things, from hiking to sightseeing to shopping, as well as learn a lot about Berber culture. Visiting the women's coop with spices and lotions was very informative, and we got to try some of their products. A few opportunities to buy souvenirs throughout the trip, but not forced upon you in any way. The lunch with the Berber family in their mountain top home was an amazing experience! And of course the mountains and valleys were beautiful. The roads got pretty treacherous at the highest points but luckily the driver is a pro! The guide (driver) and hiking guide were both very helpful and nice throughout, and knowledgeable about anything we wondered about. Comfortable van.

A big thank you to Hicham for the great day we have just spent, for his listening and his attentions. It is a real pleasure to feel so welcome. Excursion that we strongly recommend.

Beautiful landscapes, a nice walk, and a wonderful lunch for guests of a Berber family. All accompanied by a friendly, kind and very pleasant guide

A great experience with our guide Marwan who has taken us to every corner and of course to an idyllic place to eat, I hope to repeat it again.

Our guide Abdel was exceptional, great day, very good meal with a breathtaking panorama, beautiful waterfalls.