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Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

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Escape the bustle of Marrakech and admire the breathtaking landscapes of the Agafay Desert and the Atlas Mountains. Discover the rich Berber culture thriving in the mountainside villages.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 0 hours in advance for a full refund
Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel or riad in Marrakech. If your hotel or riad is unreachable by van, a meeting point nearby will be arranged. If the departure time is 9:00 AM, then you can expect your driver to arrive from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Your exact pickup time will be confirmed the evening before the activity takes place.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Atlas Mountains to discover enchanting waterfalls and charming villages
  • Learn about the Berber culture and its traditions from a local guide
  • See how the famous argan oil is made in a women-managed co-operative
  • Enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal on a rooftop overlooking the Imlil valley
  • Take in panoramic views of the Kik Plateau and the tranquil Agafay Desert
Full description

Gain a deeper understanding of Berber culture as you embark on an unforgettable guided scenic day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Encounter enchanting countryside, get the chance to take a ride on a camel or horse, and meet locals in the villages of the Imlil Valley.  Start your day with pickup and meet your friendly local guide, who lives in one of the surrounding Berber villages. During your journey to the Atlas Mountains region, your guide will tell you about the rich culture and heritage of the Berber people as you hike between villages. Arrive in Tahnaout and visit a women-managed argan oil co-operative. Discover how the argan nut is pressed to make the famed argan oil products of Morocco.

Receive a warm welcome in Imlil with a glass of mint tea before traveling past stunning waterfalls and small Berber settlements. Pause in Tamatert to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Feast on a traditional Moroccan meal in Ait Souka at the home of a Berber family. Relax with scenic valley views from a sun-bathed rooftop terrace.  After some rest, board your vehicle and travel through the scenic Kik Plateau, with spectacular 360-degree views. Gaze in awe at the magnificent High Atlas Mountains as you pass through stone desert, barren light brown plateaus, oases, and rolling hills.

Enjoy the serene surroundings of the Agafay Desert where you can take an optional camel or horse ride. Or, simply relax with some Moroccan mint tea for the perfect end to your day, before heading back to Marrakech.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off service
  • Bilingual guide
  • Traditional lunch
  • Mint tea, coffee, and water
  • Snacks
  • Camel or horse ride (if option selected)
  • Mule ride (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Special dietary restrictions will be accommodated as best as possible
  • Be sure to select the option including a camel ride if you want to experience this activity
  • The market is only on open on Saturdays and Tuesdays
  • For the comfort of the tour participants, the order of the itinerary might be changed on the day of your tour to ensure that not all tour groups turn up to the same location at same time
  • The tour involves walking on uneven ground, uphill and downhill
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 2831 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The day went great. Our guides were right before schedule even to meet us at the pickup location. Immediately we felt the positive vibes as soon as we were greeted. The journey did not disappoint. Ismail was very kind and what astonished us was his knowledge of the area and his openness and friendliness as a guide. The crew were overall amazing, simply put. Recommending this one 100%.

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January 26, 2023

We had a wonderful time with Saïd, our guide. He made sure we all had a good time and had many interesting stories to tell about his home town, the mountains and Morocco in general. A great trip overall with good stops in between, including a hike through a valley, plus plenty of tea and lunch. Highly recommend if you stay in Marrakesh and want to explore the mountains. Don’t forget warm clothes in the winter!

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January 26, 2023

An excellent tour! Easy pick up from Marrakesh. Our guide RaChid Malik was magnifique ! When we got picked up he introduced us to the itinerary of the day and we got to listen to Berber music as we drove through the hills and valleys. After stopping off at a local women's collective where we got to see the women make argan oil we drove to Imlil valley where RaChid answered any questions we had about the sights we seen along the way, particularly our questions about culture and the hiking. We hiked, got local food, tea and had lots of fun. Thank you so much for a wonderful day! :)

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January 26, 2023

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