Trekking in the Atlas Mountains
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Approximately 4 Hours
Escape into the Atlas foothills for a trek among the rugged landscape of arid mountains and ochre-red rocks, softened by lush palm and banana groves. Travel the Paradise Valley Road by 4x4 vehicle panoramic drive through the neighborhood of Iligh, in the district of Tazeroualt. From there, it's onwards through the palm groves and gorges of the River Tamrhakht and up into the mountains towards Imouzzer. The varying landscape, which is ever-changing, highlights local traditional houses, set among argan trees and a backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.
Passing through the village of Al Ma, your destination is the village of Aquesri, from where your two-hour hike begins.
Follow your guide on foot into the valley, admiring the local flora and fauna before arriving at the nearby botanical garden. Here, you will view the plethora of plants used for artisanal extraction of essential oils. The argan tree is indigenous to the arid southwest region of Morocco and has a deep root system that is well adapted to the semi-desert environment. Characterized by its toughness, an argan tree can live up to 200 years.
Refreshments are served at the Aromatic Garden, including a taste of Moroccan bread, honey and olive oil, with a Moroccan tea.are served at the Aromatic Garden, including a taste of Moroccan bread, honey and olive oil, with a Moroccan tea.
On your return journey, you'll pass through some of the local towns as you head back to the port.
Wear sturdy walking shoes. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring water and a hat and wear sunscreen. Daytime temperatures are high. Bring along local currency (for shopping). Do not take photos of military personnel without their consent. Mind your belongings at all times, particularly at tourist points of interest or in crowded places. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Ride will be bumpy. Pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems are not allowed to participate. The standard of the 4x4 vehicles used can vary.