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From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

1. 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.

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley, Waterfall & Lunch

2. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley, Waterfall & Lunch

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Ourika Valley, merely 60km away from the bustling Marrakech! Discover the cultural tapestry of Berber Villages, witness the meticulous artistry at Argan Oil cooperatives, and marvel at the sheer magnificence of cascading waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the lush embrace of nature's bounty, traverse scenic trails on exhilarating hikes, and savor the breathtaking panoramas that adorn this Moroccan haven, promising an enchanting escape into the lap of serene beauty and cultural richness.

Marrakech: Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountain, Waterfalls & Guide

3. Marrakech: Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountain, Waterfalls & Guide

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through the captivating Ourika Valley and majestic Atlas Mountains. Located just 60km from Marrakech, this enchanting valley boasts a cluster of charming Berber Villages nestled in the foothills of the Atlas range. Immerse yourself in the rich traditions and warm hospitality of the Berber people as you explore their villages and witness their daily way of life. Begin your journey with a scenic drive from Marrakech, traversing winding roads that reveal breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscapes. As you arrive in the Ourika Valley, prepare to be mesmerized by its natural wonders. The valley is renowned for its abundant water sources, which create a lush and fertile environment teeming with luxuriant trees, magnificent flowers, and blooming bushes. One of the highlights of the Ourika Valley is the opportunity to visit the female co­operatives where Argan Oil, a precious Moroccan beauty elixir, is meticulously produced. Learn about the traditional methods employed by the local women as they extract the oil from the argan nuts, and witness their craftsmanship firsthand. Another must-see attraction in the valley is the set of captivating waterfalls located near the Ourika River itself. Delight in the sight and sound of cascading water as it flows gracefully down the rugged cliffs, creating a picturesque and serene atmosphere. Feel the refreshing mist on your skin as you get closer to these natural marvels. After indulging in the beauty of the valley, savor a delectable Moroccan lunch, allowing your taste buds to embark on a culinary journey through the flavors of this vibrant cuisine. Relish the aromatic spices and succulent dishes that embody the essence of Moroccan gastronomy. Following lunch, the adventure continues with an optional 1.5-hour hike through the enchanting landscapes surrounding the Berber village of Setti Fatma. Traverse ancient paths, meander through terraced fields, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of the cascading waterfalls. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the playful monkeys that inhabit the area, adding an element of wildlife to your experience. As the day draws to a close, bid farewell to the Ourika Valley and begin your journey back to Marrakech. Reflect on the memories created, the natural beauty witnessed, and the cultural insights gained during this unforgettable exploration of one of the most captivating valleys in Morocco. In summary, the Ourika Valley offers a tapestry of experiences, from the enchanting Berber Villages and the fascinating production of Argan Oil to the mesmerizing waterfalls and scenic hikes. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor and cultural richness of this remarkable destination, and let its beauty leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.

Atlas Mountains and Ourika Valley with a berber lunch

4. Atlas Mountains and Ourika Valley with a berber lunch

Ourika Valley Day Trip is the closest day trip destination from Marrakech, due to its many waterfalls and beautiful nature, it is a very popular attraction, the Ourika valley extends between the first foothills of the Atlas mountains. Despite being so close to Marrakech, this beautiful green valley is certainly one of the best preserved valleys in Morocco. About 64 km from Marrakech, the village is at the end of the road, but an off-road (towards Timichi) then a mule track continues down the valley to pass Tacheddirt and Oukaimeden, which has the best ski resort in Morocco and some interesting prehistoric rock carvings. The path also continues across the mountain to Imlil and Toubkal, making it a useful start/finish point for hikers. So, this day trip to the picturesque village of Ourika will allow you to experience some of the beauty of the North African countryside without sacrificing the comfort of your hotel or riad. Walking around the valley requires a bit of effort and good shoes and comfortable clothing, there is a bit of rock climbing here and there to reach the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma. All hikes are led and supervised by qualified and experienced guides and mule drivers from the local population. You will also cross numerous Berber bridges to get from one side of the valley to the other, a great place to admire wonderful panoramas My visits to cooperatives berber women get argan oil When you arrive at the village of Siti Fatima, the local guide takes you on a photo tour of the places, shops and waterfalls, then returns to the restaurant where you have lunch on the side of the valley. In short, the Ourika Valley offers a tapestry of experiences, from charming Berber villages to enchanting scenic waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor and cultural richness of this amazing destination, and let its beauty leave an indelible mark on your heart.

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Tour with Lunch

5. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Tour with Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a day and enjoy a guided tour of the stunning valleys of the Atlas Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of different landscapes as you explore the Ourika, Oukaimeden, Sidi Fares, Asni, and Tahnoaut Valleys, with a Berber lunch included during the day. Start with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech and travel first to the famed Ourika Valley. Visit a local women-run Argan oil cooperative, and learn more about this valuable Moroccan commodity. Continue through the Oukaimden Valley and traverse secluded mountain roads as you pass through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones. Discover the authentic life of Berber people and enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Berber house with an amazing view over Sidi Fares Valley. Travel to the Asni Valley, famous for its apple, walnut, almond, and peach trees. Enjoy the views of the snowy summits of the Atlas Mountains, including Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco. Pass through the Tahanaout Valley on your return journey to Marrakech, with drop-off back at your accommodation.

Marrakech: Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains Day Trip

6. Marrakech: Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains Day Trip

Embark on an unforgettable Ourika guided day trip from Marrakech, immersing yourself in the natural beauty and cultural wonders of the Ourika Valley. The adventure begins with a scenic drive from Marrakech, traversing picturesque landscapes of rolling hills and the majestic Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival, your knowledgeable local guide will lead you through the enchanting Ourika Valley, where vibrant greenery, traditional Berber villages, and crystalline streams await. Explore the lively markets, interact with friendly locals, and gain insight into the region's rich cultural heritage. As you wander through the streets, immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, aromas, and sounds that define everyday life in this charming valley. After working up an appetite, indulge in a delectable lunch break where you can savor the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering tagine, a traditional slow-cooked stew known for its aromatic spices, tender meats, and savory sauces. The meal will be a culinary delight, offering an authentic taste of Morocco's gastronomic heritage. Throughout the day, your guide will share fascinating insights into the local traditions, history, and way of life, providing a deeper understanding of the Ourika Valley and its people. As the day comes to a close, you'll bid farewell to the tranquil beauty of the valley and make your way back to Marrakech, filled with cherished memories of the Ourika guided day trip. Whether it's the breathtaking natural landscapes, the warmth of the local hospitality, or the flavors of Moroccan cuisine, this excursion promises an enriching and immersive experience that will stay with you long after you've returned.

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip with Lunch

Escape the frenzy of Marrakech in the Ourika Valley, a cool mountain getaway not far from the city. Travel by road to the picturesque village of Ourika nestled in the High Atlas Mountain Range. Experience some of the beauty of the North African countryside without sacrificing the comforts of your hotel or riad on this day trek in the mountains. Pass the village of Ouigrane on your way up a 6,563-foot peak and admire a panoramic view from the top over Ait Oucheg Valley, full of terraces and traditional houses made of stone and clay. Ourika is an archetypal Berber village, with friendly people happy to show you around. See how the Berbers live and experience some of their food and their culture as you have lunch in a Berber home. Later on, see the 7 waterfalls of Setti Fadma and the stunning Ghamt Mosque. Along the way, learn more about the area from your guide, including which plants in the area are medicinal.

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Tour with Lunch & Camel Ride

8. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Tour with Lunch & Camel Ride

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the Ourika Valley, an idyllic destination nestled in the Atlas Mountains, on this tour from Marrakech. Experience the valley's charming villages, picturesque waterfalls, and relaxed rural ambiance. Meet your driver in Marrakech and enjoy the 1-hour drive to the valley. As you drive, take in the stunning views of the Atlas Mountains and the tranquility of the Ourika River. Upon arrival in Ourika, join a local guide on a 2-3-hour guided walk through the village for a glimpse into the daily lives of the Berber community. As you stroll, take in the panoramic views of the valley's cascading waterfalls and the murmuring of the river. After your tour, enjoy a delightful light picnic at either Arhbalou Cascades or along the banks of the Ourika River. These picturesque spots offer a serene setting to relax and savor the flavors of your meal. Next, explore the charming village of Arhbalou, where you'll finseveralof small riverside restaurants owned by Berber families. Here, you can indulge in traditional cuisine while immersing yourself in the village's enchanting ambiance. Continue to the village of T'nin Ourika, known for its lively Monday market, where locals gather for shopping and socializing. As you travel back to Marrakech, pass through quaint Berber villages and winding mountain roads.

From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

9. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

Experience one of the best adventures on a day trip from Marrakech and visit the Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains. Depart Marrakech at 09:30 and head towards the Ourika Valley with a private driver. Journey through the spectacular landscapes of the valley, known for its many waterfalls and Berber settlements in the heart of the Atlas Mountains terrain. Visit a Berber family to learn more about everyday life in the area, and then enjoy a relaxing day in the scenic settlement of Setti Fatma (Sti Fadma). Visit the 7 waterfalls of the village, nestled at the southern end of the Ourika Valley. Get enchanting views of the natural surroundings and enjoy your lunch in a beautiful restaurant near the Ourika River. Return to Marrakech by about 17:30. 

Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

10. Marrakech: Half-Day Trip to the Atlas Mountains

Following morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, experience one of the best adventures within easy access of the city and journey to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains. Climb aboard an air-conditioned minivan and travel with an English-speaking guide for approximately 1 hour. Marvel at the snow-capped peaks of the mountains as you approach the Ourika Valley, famous for its photogenic landscapes. Benefit from plenty of stops to take pictures of the stunning scenery throughout the morning. Then, visit an argan oil factory run by local Berber women to learn more about how the unique oil of Morocco is produced. Enjoy a full traditional breakfast of mint tea, argan oil, olive oil, honey, amlou (nut spread similar to peanut butter) and freshly baked bread prepared by the women for you. Enjoy a free time beside the river. Journey back to Marrakech for an approximate 13:00 arrival, and get dropped off at your original departure point.

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(4,706 reviews)

Breathtaking views! Lunch by the river was great. Be careful though, the hike is not recommended for people suffering from vertigo or reduced mobility because the climb is quite steep, bring good shoes! But everything is quickly forgotten by the magnificent views! And a big thank you to Abdel our guide for his kindness

Everything was perfect from start to finish, I would like to thank Ibrahim and Yassine for a very good guide, a truly magnificent day. The meal was also delicious.

Our guide was called Kamal. Good punctual transport, nice hike, great restaurant on the river.

Great day. I wasn't bothered but very steep in some places going up. Help by guide if needed.

Nice trip to the village and the cascades with relaxing and good lunch along the river