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Ourika valley Day trip and Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

Day trip to Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

Ourika Valley day trip from Marrakech is a pleasant village where the many walk and treks take place. The typical mountain trek which leads to a cascade of 7 waterfalls is an absolute must-do. Ourika is located 60km from Marrakech, in the foothills of the High Atlas. Due to its many Berber villages, waterfalls and several attractions is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Marrakech.

due to its many waterfalls and wonderful nature, it is a very popular attraction; the Ourika valley spreads between the first foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Despite its proximity to Marrakech, Ourika is still considered relatively unspoiled.

Ourika Day trip from Marrakech will allow us to experience the beauty of the Ourika Valley and its beautiful landscapes of green meadows, 16th, and 17th-century Berber villages, and escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for the day. Ourika valley is a favorite weekend getaway for local people that is appreciated for its beautiful landscapes and waterfalls and one of the typical valleys of the High Atlas Mountains very know for its fruit trees, tiny hamlets, riverside restaurants, high green terraces, surrounding Atlas peaks, rocky village foothills and the 7 waterfalls that surround the village.

Ourika Valley

Temperatures are cooler in the shadow of snowcapped High Atlas peaks, and this blooming valley a little more than 50km south of Marrakesh is the city’s escape hatch from the soaring summer heat. The valley is especially mood-altering from February to April when almond and cherry orchards bloom manically and wildflowers run riot.
Sadly Ourika’s beauty and easy accessibility have to lead to significant development, which now threatens to mar its mountain-valley vibe. At Oulmes, makeshift cafes and BBQ joints line the riverside strung together by flimsy rope bridges that allow day-trippers to cross the river, while at the end of the valley sits the summer resort and well-worn trekking base of Setti Fatma.
For High Atlas scenery with fewer tourist coaches and moped-mounted salesmen, you may prefer the Mizane or Zat Valleys.

Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range in the Maghreb. It separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. It stretches around 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The range’s highest peak is Toubkal, which is in southwestern Morocco, with an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 ft). The Atlas mountains are primarily inhabited by Berber populations. The terms for ‘mountain’s Adrar and Adrar in some Berber languages. These terms are believed to be cognates of the toponym Atlas. The mountains are also home to a number of animals and plants which are mostly found within Africa but some of which can be found in Europe. Many of these species are endangered and a few are already extinct.

What’s the best time to travel to Morocco?
actually, Morocco is perfect for travel all year. the best time to visit the Sahara desert is The spring season that runs from March to May it is the best time to visit the desert of Morocco so that this period is characterized by moderate and beautiful weather, and Morocco knows calm rains and warm weather and is comfortable for tourism and enjoy its beauty, in this period you can visit all the cities of Morocco from the north To the south, especially in the month of May, which gives you the freedom to choose the region you want to spend the holiday. in the summer the weather is very hot in the Desert of Morocco, so you will want warm weather here on the Atlantic coast.

What Gifts and Memories can you return from morocco?
As soon as you start walking in Morocco, you will think about which souvenir to buy for yourself or for the people you love. The worry, believe it, you will be spoiled for choice. Here are some tips to help you.

Handcrafted terracotta pottery.
Wherever you go in the country, there will be shops selling handcrafted pottery items. Moroccans still use it today: they prepare their food in tagines, on terracotta braziers, and think that a real Moroccan couscous can only be served in a clay dish. You will find ashtrays, tagines-salad bowls-salt shakers, etc. There will be all sizes but the smallest are the most practical and often more affordable, The best pottery in the country comes from the city of Safi.

Clothes, hairstyles, and slippers.
Moroccan clothes are original and distinguished, Sellers usually wear them, You will be offered djellabas-Trousers-tunics of different cuts and fabrics, embroidered or without patterns. You’ll notice that the style differs from region to region. The gandouras would be a better option: there are for men and women, take the color that speaks to you, it is elegant, comfortable, and light. Don’t forget to take the slippers that go with it, you can always use them as slippers at home. Typical Moroccan slippers are made entirely of leather, so avoid those with plastic soles.

what is the currency of Morocco?
The official currency in circulation, which is used in the Kingdom of Morocco, is the currency of the Moroccan dirham, and it can be abbreviated as (MAD), and it is also the currency that is circulated in the Western Sahara region, and one dirham is made of one hundred divisions of the denomination of sub-denomination of sub The responsibility for the issuance and circulation of the currency in Morocco with its different classes and varieties (paper and metal) by the Moroccan Central Bank, and given the Moroccan currency price against the dollar, the US dollar is equivalent to the value of 9.6560 of the dirham for one dirham, according to the exchange rate for the dirham Two thousand and nineteen.

are the lunches included in Our private Tour?
the lunches don’t include in all our tours, There will be plenty of cafes on the way to the Sahara desert where to stop for lunch. Please feel free to choose on your own, or follow your driver’s recommendation if you wish.

Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
yes, Morocco is one of the safest countries in the world, you won’t afraid about anything Morocco will make you happy.

what kind of clothes are in Morocco?
Moroccan traditional dress is the group of traditional and popular garments that Moroccans have preserved and still preserved for centuries, as it is evident that they cling to various traditional garments, especially in weddings and religious occasions, whether old or young, male or female. There is no doubt that the traditional costume is an integral part of the heritage, and heritage is one of the essential elements for the construction of civilization, it is necessary for the development of civilization, as the traditional costume is a tool for defining nations and a symbol for their distinctiveness and uniqueness and is the best witness to the degree of their awareness and the diversity of successive civilizations.

Can I customize my trip?
yes, you can do it, Contact us and tell us where will you start and end, Our team will help you with your request.

What are popular dishes in Morocco?
The Kingdom of Morocco, like other countries in the region, is characterized by many of its popular dishes or those that were the product of pollination of some civilizations whose name has long been associated with the Kingdom’s name. In this report, we will know the most prominent of these dishes that Moroccans excelled in cooking.

Couscous … the food that is not missing from the table.
Morocco is famous for its barbarian couscous food, which dates back to the time of BC. Couscous is divided into two types in the kingdom: couscous with vegetables or “seven vegetables” as Moroccans like to call it, while the second type is couscous “with raisins” or “with enough” depending on the region, and is considered Couscous is the main dish on Friday, and you can only find it on the lunch table.

“Tangia” .. Marrakech food.
No one can visit the city of “Marrakech” unless it is eaten from the “Tangia” dish of the famous Jamaâ El Fna Square. This dish, which the city of “Red City” is famous for, consists of veal, ghee, olive oil, and free saffron filaments, in addition to spices. Moroccan and water.

Moroccan Tajin.
It is the most famous traditional Moroccan dish besides couscous, which comes from the Arab Maghreb and especially Morocco, and this dish is also very common in Algeria and Tunisia, but according to many studies it is of Berber origin.

How can I access the Internet in Morocco?
The main networks operating in Morocco are Maroc Telecom, Orange, Inwi. It is quite simple to purchase a prepaid SIM card at the airport or tobacco stands in the cities provided your smartphone is unlocked. Or you can get wifi at a restaurant or cafe.

Can I visit the Sahara Desert in the summer?
Many clients request a tour of the Sahara during the months of June, July, August, and early September. If Morocco is on your agenda for your summer vacation. Do so, our vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning during your visit, including your room in each hotel. Regarding the camel trek in the Sahara, we start this activity very late, where the weather is cooler.

Do I need medication for my trip to Morocco?
You can bring it (Imodium) in case of diarrhea, you never know how your body system will react to new foods from different waters.

Can I travel with my children to visit Morocco?
Insurance! Traveling is the perfect way to open up a child’s world to possibilities and wonders. Strong experiences lead to new interests, and exposure to different cultures, languages, and environments helps today’s children to become the responsible and balanced adults of tomorrow. If you are traveling in a spacious, air-conditioned luxury car, you will have a special tour with fewer hours of driving in the vehicle, including many stops throughout the Morocco tour.

How should I dress in Morocco?
Morocco is becoming more modern than before, most of the country is used to tourists. In general, a woman traveling to Morocco should wear long skirts and dresses, jeans or pants.

What is the average tip in Morocco?
Although tipping is not compulsory in Morocco, rounding off the bill and tipping in restaurants and cafes is common practice. If you are happy with the service provided by the waiters, drivers, and other service employees, leaving a small tip of “20 DH” is a good way to show your appreciation.

2 – 3 people: 75€/person
4 – 7 people: 60€/person
8 – 12 people : 50€/person

ourika valley and day trip from marrakech Highlights:

  •  Family-friendly
  • Get off the hastle and the bastle of Marrakech
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Visit a typical Berber market (Monday and Thursday)
  • See Berber villages and houses clinging to the side of hills
  • Drive the scenic roads of the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Departure time: 8:00 / 8:30 am
  • Starting point: Your hotel/riad in Marrakech
  • Ending point: Your hotel/riad in Marrakech

Itinerary ourika valley and Atlas Mountains day trip from marrakech

Your day trip to Ourika Valley from Marrakech starts at 09 am after a short drive from Marrakech to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains for one hour to City Fatima to feel the refreshing waters of the Seven Waterfalls, we will take the road along the Ourika Valley, then you enter through a series of clinging mountain villages and driving through many From the Berber villages and the Ourika Valley with several stops along the way to take pictures. Stop by to see the gorgeous landscapes filled with vibrant colors as we move across the hillsides. Ourika Day Trip from Marrakech will give you the opportunity to take a half-hour camel ride deeper into the valley. Once we reach Siti Fatima, a favorite weekend destination for many Moroccans. Much appreciated for its beautiful streams, 7 beautiful waterfalls, cliffs, and green valleys, you will explore an area still practicing the traditions of medieval farming. Wander the valley to take pictures of the green terraces surrounding the Atlas Mountains. After the stroll, we return to lunch at a restaurant with a beautiful view of the mountains. Lunch consists of a variety of Moroccan dishes (vegetarians welcome). then after We go back to Marrakech in the Afternoon.

ourika valley and Atlas Mountains day trip from marrakech
ourika valley and Atlas Mountains day trip from marrakech
ourika valley and Atlas Mountains day trip from marrakech

What's included:

  • Private A/C Vehicle, 4WD Toyota Land
  •  Cruiser
  • Fuel
  •  English / French / Spanish speaking driver during the day trip
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Marrakech accommodation
  • Local guide in Ourika to show you around and help you with the hike
  • Lunch in a wonderful restaurant

What's not included:

  • All meals and drinks.
  • Airline tickets to - from Morocco.
  • Entry fees, Personal expenses, and Tips.

NOTE: If this Ourika Day Trip from Marrakech does not match what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to Contact us and we will prepare the trip to your needs and requirements.

day trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley Reviews


Best 1-Day Trip Marrakech to Ourika Valley

Pick up at 10 a.m. at the hotel and return at 7 p.m. I visited a cooperative of argan trees and spices, a Berber house and a specialist in craftsmen (carpets) during the day. We went to see the waterfalls after the Berber house. It’s a bit of a hike, but not too difficult. It’s worth it, but if you’re concerned about heights, it can be difficult. I came down from the mountain and stopped for lunch. Nice traditional food, then we go back. A great day. Martin took care of him as a guide for the day and Mohamed was our local guide for the mountain. I highly recommend this trip.


Giulia P
Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains Day Trip from Marrakech

The tour with our driver Hassan was just amazing! It was about an hour of travel to reach the Ourika valley where the excursion in the mountain begins to reach the waterfalls with some stops where you can see crafts and enjoy their explanations. It is worth more than the price and you will not regret it.


Laura C
Atlas & Ourika Valley Day Trip from Marrakech 1 day

Amazing day, much cheaper than at the hotel. Great pickup, saw the women’s cooperative making argan oil, a Berber house, a guide took us to the waterfalls which was a steep climb but very nice and well worth it, they took us to the river to eat, after which it was super tasty and very reasonable. Can’t complain about the price as everything was included except lunch.


Jeremy H
Ourika Valley Day Trip from Marrakech 2021

An incredible adventure, essential to discover the Berber lifestyle at the foot of the impressive Atlas Mountains. The driver and guide were very knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend it to adults as there is quite a mountain hike to get to the different waterfalls. Therefore, wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A full day at a very reasonable and affordable price, great value for money.

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