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From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

1. From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

Embark on a full-day tour to the Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech. Learn about Berber culture as you explore the land. Descend winding trails and admire stunning views of the falls on a boat ride. Begin with pickup from your hotel or riad, before departing for one of the most spectacular waterfalls in North Africa, located 93 miles (150 km) north of Marrakech. Upon arrival in the village of Ouzoud, admire views of the cascades that plunge 360 feet (110 meters) into the pool below. Follow your local guide through olive tree groves to an argan oil co-operative and learn about Berber culture. There will be plenty of opportunities to admire the views and take photos. Continue down a network of trails to a viewpoint where you can buy fresh orange juice. Board a traditional boat for a short ride on the pool at the bottom of the waterfalls. Then, enjoy a late, Berber lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the falls. In the mid-afternoon, climb a series of stairs out of the valley for your transfer back to Marrakech.

Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

2. Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech in the comfort of an air-conditioned car and into the nearby endless desert. From here, embark on a thrilling tour of Jbilets Desert, known for its attractive lighting, on a quad bike. Slip away as you explore the fascinating history and culture in this unique area with your local guide. Only 30 minutes from the center of Marrakech, experience the real Morocco and get to know the locals. Discover the Jbilets desert area and take in the views of the Atlas Mountains. Visit a little village to stretch your legs, sip hot tea, and enjoy Berber hospitality. At this point, the guides will be happy to show some of the best tracks and spots in the area. On request, this excursion can also be tailored to suit you and your party’s tastes for exploration and adventure. Opt for program explanations, equipment briefing, and training for driving the quads to ensure maximum safety during trips.

Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

3. Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a full-day tour to the dramatic Ouzoud Falls, located near the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt in the province of Azilal. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, transfer to the Ouzoud Falls by air-conditioned minibus. Along the way, marvel at the traditional towns and typical Berber villages of the Grand Atlas, and pass through the shade of ancient olive trees as you approach the waterfalls. Upon arrival at Ouzoud, enjoy about 4-hours at the cascades to soak up nature. Look out for the monkeys, and take a swim in the crystal clear waters, or upgrade to the optional boat ride here. After a relaxing afternoon, depart back for Marrakech, with an estimated arrival of 6 PM.

Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

4. Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

The adventure begins with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation at 4:00 PM, then heads towards the dramatic landscapes of the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing camel ride as the sun begins to set across the desert, transforming the landscape with red tones. Or, feel the thrill of adrenaline pulse through you on an energetic quad bike ride instead. After your activity, head back to the camp for a traditional Moroccan dinner. Feast on a selection of delicacies and dishes, made from local ingredients. Then finish off with a tasty dessert and authentic mint tea, while gazing at the stars. At the end of a magical evening, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

Marrakech: Quadbike in the Desert of Jbilat and Palm Grove

5. Marrakech: Quadbike in the Desert of Jbilat and Palm Grove

Discover the beauty of the desert of Jbilets on this ATV tour. Have all the high-quality safety equipment you need for this high-octane experience. Enjoy a stop in a traditional Berber home for a cup of mint tea along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel or riad in Marrakech. Hop aboard an airconditioned van and relax on the scenic drive to the heart of the Jbilat desert. Get set up with a hair net, helmet, and protective glasses.  Watch as your guide introduces you to how to use the ATV bikes. Cruise thorugh hilly terrain, desert plateaus, and rocky trails. Stop to capture pictures of this idyllic area at the foot of the Atlas Mountains before winding your way thorugh Berber villages. Be invited into the home of a local and share a cup of traditional mint tea. Admire views of the verdant Palm Grove and keep an eye out for local wildlife on the way back to the desert base camp. Transfer to the van for your return trip to your accommodation in Marrakech. 

Marrakech: Classic Balloon Flight

6. Marrakech: Classic Balloon Flight

Discover Morocco from the perspective of a hot air balloon. Embark on this thrilling ride above the Palm Grove of Marrakech and its surrounding landscape to see a bird's eye view of the area. Round off your experience with a cup of fresh mint tea and visit to a local Berber house. Just one hour away from the legendary Jemaa El Fna Square, fly in a hot-air balloon over the beautiful countryside, seeing the amazing contrast between Morocco’s urban and rural areas. After an early morning pickup from your hotel in Marrakech, sit back and relax on the 45-minute drive out of the city to the balloon launch site. Here, receive a full pre-flight safety briefing and have a chance to watch the launch team prepare the balloon for departure. Once in the air, cover a distance between 9 and 15 miles (15 to 25 kilometers), depending on the wind speed, taking you over a local village and the picturesque surrounding areas. The flight will last one hour, and after a gradual descent back to land, head to a local village for mint tea and home-baked bread in a local Berber household. Following tea and bread, head back to Marrakech.

From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

7. 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 mountainsides, 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.

From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

8. From Marrakech: Essaouira Full-Day Trip

Discover Essaouira on this day trip with a local guide. Explore the port city's breathtaking sights and streets, and see local markets and jewelers. Depart Marrakech in the morning and head to beautiful Essaouira on the Atlantic Coast. Once you arrive at the port city, formerly known as Mogador, you will have time to enjoy the charming sights of Essaouira. Take pictures of its ocher-colored walls, the beautiful and vibrant Moulay El Hassan square, the markets also known as souks, as well as the little streets of the city's old Medina. Then, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish in a local restaurant. During your trip, you'll also visit an association of Berber women producing argan oil, see the local markets, and wow at the gems in the jeweler's quarter.

From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

9. From Marrakech: Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

Discover local village, natural landscapes, and Kasbah Ait Benhaddou fortress on this day trip from Marrakech. Travel in an airconditioned van or car and stay connected with wi-fi access as you drive. Uncover movie-magic with a stop at the Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate.  Start your day trip with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation from 7-8 AM. Hop inside a spacious and comfortable vehicle and soak up the scenery as you travel into the Atlas Mountains. Immerse yourself in local culture with a stop at the small village ofAit Ben Barka near the hilly countryside of Toufliht. Explore the area with your driver and learn about the schedule sights for your trip. Have some free time for a break before crossing the the Tizi n'Tichka pass. Stop to capture pictures of mountain peaks on the pass from 7,415 feet above sea level (2,260 meters). Continue on to the Atlas Film Studios at Ouarzazate, the largest film studio in the world which famously featured in the TV series Game of Thrones. Spend some free time to visit the studios or to explore on your own. Take some pictures of the unique rugged local landscapes in the area. After the studio, you purchase lunch at one of the best restaurants in the area, with excellent prices and stunning panoramic views.  Finally, head to the famous Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which is recognized as a UNESCO site and one of the most extraordinary kasbahs (fortresses) in Morocco. End your day of scenic views and memories by relaxing in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on your drive back to your hotel in Marrakech.

Marrakech: Desert Quad Bike Tour with Dinner

10. Marrakech: Desert Quad Bike Tour with Dinner

See the Agafay desert up close with a guided quad bike tour, a traditional meal in a Berber Tent, and fresh mint tea around a warm fire. Head out of the city with your fellow-quad bikers, admiring the view of Jamaa Lafna Square and the New City (Gueliz). At the quad station, pick up your helmets and glasses to stay safe while adventuring. Learn from experienced quad bikers how to ride your quad, and get an in-depth briefing on your itinerary for the evening. Before beginning your adventure, spend some time getting the hang of your quad bike in a large field. Ask your friendly instructors any questions about riding technique or your upcoming drive. Once you feel comfortable on your new bike, follow your guides on a journey through the stunning Morrocan dunes. Midway through your ride, take a well-earned rest to admire the gorgeous view of the towering Atlas Mountains in the distance. End your ride back at the quad station, where you can clean off the sand and dust with an innovative wind machine. Snap a photo of the beautiful Agafay desert from the terrasse while your meal is prepared. Next, enter a traditional Berber tent and enjoy an authentic Moroccan meal in a beautiful setting. After eating your fill, relax under the starry night skies with a glass of hot fresh mint tea, warmed by a crackling fire. Finish your tour of the Agafay desert with a return trip through the dunes back to Marrakech.

Frequently asked questions about Marrakech Day Trips

What are other things to do than Day Trips that are worth visiting in Marrakech?

The other unmissable things to do in Marrakech are:

5 best day trips from Marrakech

Day trip to Agadir

1. Day trip to Agadir

An excellent beach escape, Agadir is a popular destination for surfing, shopping, and more. Morocco’s main port city is filled with low-rise modernist architecture and is home to the world’s largest sardine harbor. For a bit of history and some of the best views in the city, visit the legendary Kasbah fortress. When you’re not busy eating traditional beef-stuffed flatbreads, explore some of the city’s fascinating and diverse religious sites like the Mohammed B Mosque, St. Ann Church, and Beth El Synagogue.

How far is Agadir from Marrakech?

At 238 kilometers (148 miles) to the west from Marrakech, it takes approximately three hours by car or bus tour to reach Agadir.

Day trip to Essaouira

2. Day trip to Essaouira

Two hours from Marrakech, laid-back bohemian vibes permeate Morocco’s breezy coastal town of Essaouira. Marvel at the city’s historic Portuguese architecture, distinctive blue and white buildings, and walled medina. Visitors can roam the port and watch fishermen unload their boats for a daily fish auction. History buffs will love the Skala du Port, the 16th-century defensive ramparts that once guarded the region attacks from the sea. For a peaceful afternoon, visit Essaouira’s stretch of breezy, golden beaches and enjoy fresh-caught fish at a nearby restaurant.

How far is Essaouira from Marrakech?

About 190 kilometers (118 miles) west of Marrakech, the trip to Essaouira usually takes two hours and forty minutes by car or bus.

3. Day trip to High Atlas Mountains

Remote and ethereal, the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains are an ideal destination for those looking to explore the natural beauty of the country. The villages of Imlil Valley and Ouirgane are both great starting points for exploring Toubkal National Park and Toubkal Mountain, the highest summit in North Africa at 6,563 feet (4167 meters). On your descent, venture to see the traditional stone and clay homes and terraces of Ait Oucheg Valley. At the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma, learn about medicinal plants and local birdlife.

How far are the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech?

About two hours’ drive either in a rental car, hired taxi, or tour bus to reach the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains 57 miles (91 km) from Marrakech.

4. Day trip to Agafay Desert

Less than an hour outside of Marrakech, the Agafay Desert is a closer alternative for those who might want to travel to the Sahara Desert or the Erg Chebbi Dunes. You’ll pass fragrant eucalyptus forests and hidden canyons on your journey before seeing the desert’s dunes. After you explore the rocky plains, admire Lalla Takerkoust Lake from a shady café with a cup of mint tea. If you have time, drive to Turtle Valley and see the neighboring Marrkchi Desert.

How far is Agafay Desert from Marrakech?

The trip takes approximately 40 minutes by bus or car from the city to reach Lalla Takerkoust Lake.

5. Day trip to Imouzzer

A stunningly beautiful and isolated Berber town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, Imouzzer can only be reached via steep mountain roads. Walk through the streets, chat with locals, and shop for the region’s famous goods: almonds, honey, and argan oil. Leave town to explore the surrounding jungle and stumble upon one of its abundant waterfalls. On the way back to Marrakech, follow Jimi Hendrix’s path with a stop at Paradise Valley to appreciate the natural splendor.

How far is Imouzzer from Marrakech?

Imouzzer is approximately 233 kilometers (145 miles) southwest of Marrakech, taking approximately three hours to reach by car or tour bus.

Marrakech Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

The area immediately around Marrakech has limited public bus and train service. In many cases, your best option is to rent a car or join a bus tour.
  • • Marrakech day trips by train

    Unfortunately, traveling to the west of Marrakech or to the Atlas Mountains by train is not possible.

  • • Marrakech day trips by bus

    Local bus service can be used to reach Agadir, Essaouira, Imouzzer, parts of the High Atlas Mountains, and the nearby Agafay Desert, but is often limited and infrequent. Bus tours are a good alternative to reach these day trip destinations.

  • • Marrakech day trips by car

    Renting a car is an ideal way to explore outside of Marrakech. With so much to see and do around the country, you can set your own pace to soak in the culture along the way or tackle multiple destinations in a day with ease.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

If you want to see the unknown parts of a city or simply want somebody to plan the details of your trip, nothing beats taking a guided tour. Whether you visit Agadir along the Atlantic Ocean or the villages of the High Atlas Mountains, having a local expert guide can provide you with more in-depth experience of the local culture and history than you’d get on your own.

What should I pack for my day trip?

Packing for your day trip will depend on where you visit around Marrakech. In all cases, you should dress comfortably and expect to do a lot of walking or hiking, so wear sturdy shoes. If you plan on visiting a mosque, dress modestly and make sure your shoulders and knees are covered. In fact, it’s a good idea to do as the locals do and dress modestly wherever you go in Morocco. If you’re traveling to the coast, bring a bathing suit and towel. When traveling into the mountains, expect climate changes, so carrying a light jacket makes sense.

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What people are saying about Marrakech

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we were picked up and transfered to ouzoud by driver Said. He was very knowledgable and funny. We had a great time and met also other travelers. We stopped once for going to the falls and back. The waterfalls are quite touristy and the park is not really immense but It's quite a refreshment away from the heat of Marrakech. The athmosphere is vibrant and refreshing. we had a meal for 100 dirham with entry, salad, tajine and fruit. mint tea and 0.5l water included. after that we went to watch and feed monkeys.

What an absolute delightful experience! We had such a great time. The food was great. Traditional music and dancing was such a pleasure to watch and join in on! And there was even a fire show. This has ended up being one of our favourite things of the trip! Strongly recommend

A bit of overall information about the programm before starting the tour would be very helpful. The first toilet stop is after a 2 hours drive. So be prepared. The driver (Nadir) was very polite and helpful, spoke very good english and french.

Magnificent landscape Unusual atmosphere Driver, who also acted as a guide, very professional and welcoming Perfect

It was a dun and amazing experience would definitely so it again The ride was smooth relaxing and romantic