13.03.2010 - 13.03.2010
Today we joined a tour which takes you to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Ourika Valley is about 42 miles South-East of Marrakech. We booked the tour through Moroccan Views. We paid £40 which included pickup and drop off, traditional berber breakfast, camel ride, hike up to a waterfall and 3 course lunch.
Our fist stop was to have breakfast in a traditional Berber house.
We watched a tea making ceremony before eating Moroccon bread with honey/olive oil/butter washed down with delicious mint tea. It was all delicious and the Berber family were very hospitable and friendly.
Afterwards we drove furthur along the valley witnessing beautiful views of mountains, gushing rivers and wooden bridges, one of which we crossed for pics. There were quite a few wooden slats missing which we had to cross and we only had rope to hold onto. It was very wobbly!!
Then we had a 20 min camel ride which was fun. It was very bumpy but highly enjoyable. The camels looked cute :-))
We then drove on furthur into the valley and hiked up to see a waterfall ( 1 3/4 hr round trip) in the area of Setti Fatma. It was very slippery in places, so if you ever do it, do wear proper shoes. The waterfall was nice and the area was very peaceful and scenic.
At 3pm we were rewarded with lunch, we were all hungry after the hike. We had salad. cous cous, chicken and a meat tagine, orange, mint tea and moroccon cookies. All were delicious.
There were 9 of us on the trip and they were a friendly bunch. It was a very enjoyable day and I would fully recommend this tour company. We got back at 5.30pm.