3 days from Marrakech to Merzouga dunes

1st day-Marrakech- Ait Ben Haddou-Dades

At 8:00 A.M, after breakfast, the journey begins in the direction of the south through agricultural fields and trees such as olives and cactus. When approaching the slopes of the Atlas Mountains, we notice that the muddy villages are scattered in the form of houses together. The terraces are planted with cereals as barley and wheat.

Sometimes we can see a herd of sheep and goats grazing in the cork forest.

In order to take advantage of the opportunity we stop at some breathtaking scenes to breathe fresh air and take pictures. It doesn’t stop at the limit but you will enjoy very attractive views when we reach the highest peak 2260 m high.

When you reach the southern sides of the high atlas mountain you will notice that the features shape are different and drier due to desert climate conditions on our way to Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou we will take a secondary road, the Onila Valley to explore the beauty of the area.

The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is one of the most beautiful old Kasbah in the south of Morocco because it’s full of inscriptions and decoration on the walls and alleys.

It was a check point that time where commercial caravans coming from the south heading towards Marrakech or vice Vera.

The region is a favorite destination for international film productions such as: Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, the Mummy…

The location was classified as a human heritage by UNESCO.

After the visit of this area, which takes almost one hour, we drive towards the city of Ouarzazate, the gateway to desert.

Ouarzazate in the beginning of the 20th  century was a military garrison, due its strategic location and the various natural qualifications, and traditions and diverse qualified to play the role of leading in attracting international directions and foreign tourist.

From Ouarzazate, we are heading towards to Skoura ,stretches over a vast area the most beautiful Kasbahs in southern Morocco are to be found here some of these are still partially inhabited , and the majority are destroyed ,as a result the dwellers moved out ,because the drought struck the area during the 1970 s, 1980 s .The most imposing is Amredil Kasbah ,which was built in 17th century.

Klaa M’gouna “fortress” is located in heart of the rose country .in the past pilgrims coming back from Mecca brought Rosa Damascena with them .at the harvest season ,rose-picking produces is more than 3000 tonnes of petals ,the rose is used to make rosewater in local distillation ,the rest is exported for use in the perfume industry .an annual roses festival takes place during the second week of May.

At the edge of Dades valley ,Boumalne stands on the bank rocky side of the river.heading to the gorges ,fig ,almond and walnut ,poplars trees .people also plant different crops such as ,barley ,and alfalfa for sheep and cows .the Kasbahs are taking place too in this valley  ,beside muddy houses .The limestone is taking a dramatic shapes caused by erosion.

Spending a night in the canyon ,in the hostel .

2nd day :Dades valley-Toudgha gorges- Merzouga dunes

  From Dades valley to Todgha Gorges located in the foot of high atlas mountain range to enjoy this sight, we will stop half an hour to walk in the midst of this hug cliff, which exceeds more than 200 m high.

This area also attracts a number of mountaineers to practice their favorite lobby.

After leaving gorges area, our destination is the desert, we feel the geographical features began to take the flat from, and the temperature starts to rise. When we arrived in Erfoud, which was military garrison in the beginning of the 20th century. However the region has growth in recent decades as a result of the extracted fossils after the area was submerged by the sea during the old time, so you will notice the some people works in this sector with factories, and the region developed with its agricultural products, especially plan trees.

The Sector has contributed to development of this area by building tourist facilities such as hotels and restaurants.

The golden Sand dunes is looming , and the finish point will be at the Inn. After taking a rest, the mint tea of the hospitality welcome will be served ; packing just the necessary stuff in small bag (water, tooth brash…)        .

The final stage is to go in camels before the sunset to enjoy the beauty of the Sand dunes for more than an hour to reach the Bivouac, which is tents located in the middle of the Dunes. At night it will be a fabulous moment to see all stars, spending a night under the tent, then the next day after the breakfast riding camels as well back to Inn.

3th day: Merzouga-Rak

As soon as you drop of camels you take a shower in the Inn, then driving back to Marrakech through different road. Part of the journey back to Ouarzazate the landscape looks black because it’s a volcanic area. We will pass some town like Rissani, Alnif then lunch in Draa valley, which is the largest valley throughout Morocco. This valley was the route of the trade caravans carrying stuff and Goods (gold ,ivory , salt, sugar…) coming  southern heading the northern ,or vice versa .lunch time in Tamnouglt ,in the heart of the Draa valley ,via   the city of Ouarzazate , the in the afternoon back to Marrakech .

 

 

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