Atlas Mountains of Morocco

16 Sept to 30 Sept 2001.     Viewing instructions

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After leaving the Dades Gorge, we travelled by way of Ouarzazate to get to our next destination, Ourigane. This lies to the NW of Mount Toubkal.


Ait Ben Haddou Click for larger image in new window

During our transfer day we had lunch near the "film set" village of Ait Ben Haddou.
 
(My apologies for the scruffy individual intruding into the picture)




Hotel Adam Ouirgane Click for larger image in new window

At Ouirgane our hotel was attractively situated.




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Breakfasts on the terrace were particularly good.




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The Kik Plateau is one walk that can be done in the area around Ourigane.
 
Its desolation during the dry season is a contrast to our pretty hotel gardens.




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The villages at the plateau edge are less barren.




Valley running NW from Ouirgane Click for larger image in new window

There is a convenient walk up the valley from Ouirgane. This is the view looking back down the valley part way through the walk.




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The path might be classed as a "mule motorway".




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It gave easy walking up the valley.




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Even easier coming down!




From Ouirgane we moved to our last destination, Marrakech. It was not the end of our walks; we did another by driving out from Marrakech to the Ourika Valley.


Setti Fadma Click for larger image in new window

From Marrakech we went by bus to walk in the valley above Setti Fadma, which lies to the NE of Mount Toubkal.




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The trail is surrounded by spectacular mountain views.




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There are some sheltered spots of cultivation where one may eat lunch.




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At the highest point we went, there is a small village. Other villages are visible higher in the valley.




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This is getting near our guide's home area. He was obviously enjoying talking to the local kids.




Marrakech
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The souks of Marrakech are best visited with an official town guide.
 
The main souk is divided into areas where various different groups of traders operate.




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The Dyers area of the souk is the best for photos.




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The whole area is photogenic. Here a shoe seller is trading.
 
The sunscreens overhead are typical of the whole of the souk.




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There are many things to do in Marrakech.
From visiting an elegant museum.....




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.....via the beautifully-restored Koranic Schools....




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.....to visiting a medieval tannery!




The two weeks passed all too quickly.
 
An entertaining series of walks - all very different. Just enough time in Marrakech to see the best parts of it. A good package.



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