Day 1 : Fes - Ifrane - Cedar Forest - Middle Atlas - Ziz Valley - Merzouga Desert
Pick up at the hotel or Riad where they are staying at 8am and we head south to cross the Middle Atlas Mountains to Ifrane, called “the little Moroccan Switzerland” because of its great resemblance to that country. One of the animals that once inhabited here was the Atlas lion, which is why it has become the symbol of the city and to which a stone statue has been dedicated in the center of it. We will take the opportunity to take some photos. We will cross the famous cedar forests. We will be able to admire the Great Cedar Gouraud, the largest millenary cedar in the region and also feed the hundreds of Gibraltar monkeys that live in the area. Lunch in Midélt and in the afternoon we will pass through the Ziz Valley. More than 20km of palm groves and 10 million palm trees make it one of the largest in the world. Arrival to Merzouga and hospitality tea in our Hotel, to later enjoy our first contact with the desert, climbing to the nearest dunes and relax with a spectacular sunset. Dinner and overnight in hotel very close to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Day 2 : Desert of Merzouga - Nomadic Families - Khamlia
Today will be a day of Total Desert. After a copious and rich breakfast, we will go around the Erg Chebbi, an expanse of sand desert where the Great Dune of Morocco is located, of more than 250 meters of altitude, and we will connect by track with part of the route followed by the old Paris-Dakar and with the mountains that border with Algeria in the background. Stop in the oasis of Tissardmin where we can find a race of Fossiles that is still in this region and we will continue towards a nomadic settlement where we will know some of the secrets of his life and customs. Later stop at a panoramic point where we can contemplate the Erg Chebbi as a whole. We will arrive at the village of Khamlia, originally from Mali, where we will relax with a tea while we enjoy a small concert of spiritual music from Gnawa. Return to the hotel to go out in a caravan of camels to enter the heart of the dunes and watch an unforgettable sunset. We will arrive with the camels to the camp where we will stay in Haimas ” Shops made with dromedary hair ” like those used by desert nomads. Dinner and night in Haimas in the heart of the desert under a spectacular blanket of stars.
Day 3 : Merzouga Sahara - Market of Rissani - Gorges of Todra - Dades Valley
“Appointment with the Sunrise” since they are in the desert it is recommended to get up early to walk to the highest dune that is around the camp to enjoy the sunrise and this relaxing landscape that nature offers, we will return in dromedaries to the town of Merzouga. After a delicious breakfast, we have to say goodbye to the desert and we will go to Rissani where we will visit its market (if we are lucky and it is one of the market days: Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday) we will follow the road to Erfoud where there is also the possibility of visiting the Fossilized marble factory before continuing to the palm groves of Touroug and Tinjdad. 1 hour later we will arrive at one of the strongest points of the High Atlas: The Todra Gorges. The channel of the Todra River has formed a defile of vertical walls of enormous proportions and of great beauty; It is a paradise for climbers and a unique place. Lunch at the site and a half hour walk would be recommended to see and enjoy the Gorges in detail. In the afternoon we will continue to the Dadès Valley, also known as the Valley of Figs, passing by Boumalne Dadés we will stop at the ” patas de mono ” Dinner and night at the Gorges of Dadés.
Day 4 : Dades Valley - Ouarzazate - High Atlas - Marrakech
After breakfast, we can enjoy one of the best views of Dades Valley. We will do it from one of the most strategic places that the mountains offer us. From there we will be able to observe the amount of kasbah that there is and the picturesque of each of them, then exit towards a road dotted with diverse Kasbah of great interest. After several stops to enjoy the route of the Thousand Kasbah, the Valley of Roses and the great palm grove of Skoura, we will arrive in Ouarzazate and visit the Kasbah of Taourirt, former residence of the Glaoui or Pasha of Marrakech, Film Studios and Museum of the Cinema if you are interested. We will also go to the fortified village of Ait Ben Haddou, where we will visit its famous Kasbah (Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986). In this spectacular frame several famous films have been shot like Gladiator, Obelix, Sahara with Penélope Cruz … etc.
Lunch in the village and in the afternoon we will depart for Marrakech crossing.
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