Day Trip to Ourika Valley Atlas Mountains Highlights:
- Explore the high Atlas Mountains.
- Follow the ancient Berber trail and the green rivers.
- Explore the berber’s life style in the villages.
- Experience a guided hike in the atlas mountains.
- Enjoy a delicious lunch by the river.
- Visit of an argan cooperative run by women.
Ourika Valley Day Trip Itinerary
Located south of Marrakech about 70 km and an hour and a half away from the road is located Ourika Valley that rises gently to the first hills of the High Atlas, is a pure and splendid place where silence is only disturbed by the song of the birds and the soft sound of the streams and the roar of its seven waterfalls, with its gorges, valleys, mountains, etc .. It is one of the most beautiful valleys and best preserved an excursion that will bring you closer to know the areas in the surroundings of Marrakech.
During the tour you can see different houses of Berber handicrafts and how people live in the Valley, walking through the valley is very relaxing since you are in the middle of nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can enjoy beautiful landscapes, traditional markets in the small villages that make up this valley and trek routes, in this small valley very well preserved you can visit the small villages on the slopes of the mountains that are a marvel, a true impressive oasis, depending on the season the green of the valley it contrasts with the snowy peaks of the Atlas and the houses of the almost reddish villages are surrounded by an intense green.
We will pass through the several villages with houses of abobe that make up this valley and where if you like we can stop to go for a walk and visit the typical products of the area, such as clay pottery, crystalline minerals, wood craft shops , carpets, argan oil etc.
In Timalizene we will be able to visit the Garden – the medicinal plants – where the saffron of the region is produced, the botanical gardens of the aromatic plants such as henna and the production of the olives.
We can visit if you like an Argan oil cooperative where Berber women work in a traditional way to make the famous argan oil that is used both for food and cosmetics.
A day trip that surely will not leave you indifferent, and where you can get an idea of the Berber culture of the Atlas and the desert.