Ourika valley jaunt is the closest day trip destination from Marrakech, because of its many waterfalls and amazing nature, it is a very popular attraction , the Ourika valley spreads between the first foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Despite it being so close to Marrakech, this beautiful lush green valley is definitely one of the best preserved valleys in Morocco. At about 64km starting from Marrakech, the village lays at the end of the road, but an offroad (to Timichi) and then a mule track continues up the valley to pass to Tacheddirt and Oukaimeden, which has the best skiing station in Morocco and interesting prehistoric rock carvings. The path also continues through the mountain to Imlil and Toubkal, making it a useful starting/finishing point for trekkers. So this day trip to the picturesque village of Ourika will give you a chance to experience some of the beauty of the North African countryside without sacrificing the comforts of your hotel or riad. Going arround the valley taking a bit of effort and good shoes and comfy clothes, there is a little bit of climbing rocks here and there to reach all the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma .
All journys are led and organized by qualified and experienced guides and mule handlers, drawn from the local populace. You will also be crossing many berber bridges to get from one side of the valley to the other, a great spot to catch some beautiful panoramic pictures !! Despite it being close to Marrakech, Ourika valley is still inhabited by berber villagers living in a traditional lifestyle that can be considered “immaculate”.
Ourika valley excursion description:
Your Ourika valley day trip starts at 09am from your accommodation in Marrakech. After a short drive from Marrakech into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. We will take the road along the valley of Ourika, then you enter through a succession of clinging mountain villages. taking a short break to see wonderful landscapes full of vibrant colours as we move through the hillsides. Our first stop will be in a traditional house of a Berber family who lives in the valley. The family often open their home to visitors who wish to enjoy their surroundings, the family will offer us tea and serve us their local breakfast which consists of bread, honey, butter and olive oil. Ourika day trip from Marrakech will allow you to ride camels for half an hour deeper in the valley. Later on we will continue our tour to reach Setti Fatma, a favorite weekend destination for many Moroccans. Highly appreciated for its beautiful streams and 7 waterfalls, beautiful cliffs, green valleys. You will explore a region which still practice a medieval agricultural tradition. Walk around the valley to take photos of the views of green terraces, surrounding the Atlas mountains, hike with a local guide to the first waterfall. After the hike we go back for lunch in a nice restaurant with a beautiful view over the mountains, lunch will be composed of variety of Moroccan dishes. Then we return to Marrakech.
INCLUDED IN THE COST :
• Ourika valley day trip from Marrakech with English speaking driver
• Pick-up from your hotel, riad, or accommodation in Marrakech.
• Drop off at your hotel, riad or accommodation in Marrakech
• Transport: A/C 4×4 Toyota Tx Prado or spacious minivan for groups
• Local guide in Ourika to show you around and help you with the hike
• Lunch in a wonderful restaurant