Day trip from Marrakech to Atlas Mountains, the three valleys and Berber villages is a very recommended day tour from Marrakech to discover the hidden villages of the high atlas and a lifetime opportunity to learn about the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the local people, This day trip from Marrakech will take through the Dam of Lalla Takerkoust, the villages of Asni, Sidi Fares and the amazing Ourka valley, where you will discover the weekly berber markets that take place every Monday and Friday (Ourika weekly berber markets), Tuesday (Tahnnaout weekly berber markets) and Saturday (Asni weekly berber market).
- Opportunity to visit the weekly berber market that take place once a week in one of the villages.
- Admire the snow-capped peaks of the highest mountains of the Atlas
- Cross the typical Berber villages settled at the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains.
- Visit to a Berber family which will allow you to go into the deep of the traditions and culture of the locals.
- Visit a traditional pottery workshop and a women cooperative of Argan.
- Enjoy an hour and Halfof guided walking and hiking tour at the Setti Fatma Falls in Ourika valley.
Your driver/guide will pick you up from your accommodation at 9 AM for an explorative day trip from Marrakech to the amazing High Atlas Mountains and Berber villages. We will drive through the arid desert of Marrakech to reach the Dam of Lallal Takerkoust where we will have our first stop for photos and enjoy the panoramic view at a height of 1400m, after you join the Kik plateau to discover a beautiful landscape and a totally exotic setting.
Continue driving through the traditional Berber villages where the authentic houses are built of red and maroon clay and stone by the local families. To learn more about and go deep inside the local culture and traditions, we will have the opportunity to get into a Berber house, where a local family will welcome us in a typical small home to enjoy a glass of tea and snack. We encourage you, as well, to bring with you little memories (toys – school supplies …) to give them to the little Berber children that you will meet on the road.
In case you coincide with a market day (Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday) you will have the opportunity to discover this little secret about these unique markets, where locals meet once a week to sell and buy their staff and exchange goods for money or sell their animals. Continue driving through the villages of Asni and Sidi Fares enjoy the beautiful peaks and mountains views over the ski station of Oukaimden.
Continue driving through the Ourika valley, where you explore the organic aromatic garden, which contains the various medicinal plants used by Berbers. And then, continue to reach the last village of Setti Fadma you will meet your local Mountains guide who will take ina guided walking and hiking tour to explore seven the waterfalls of the Setti Fatma Valley, After discovering the waterfalls you can enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants next to the river or feet in the water.
After lunch, you will have a free time to relax before driving back to Marrakech around 5 PM.
What is included?
- Professional driver guide
- Transport in an air-conditioned minivan or 4Wd
- Fuel/Gas included
- Bottled water
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Local Mountains Guide Fees
- Lunch and drinks