The High Atlas is a mountain range in Morocco and a regular destination for mountain hikers, ski enthusiasts, or travellers interested in the indigenous Berber culture found throughout its many peaks and valleys.
Berbers are the indigenous North Africans, having inhabited the north coast of Africa ranging from present day Morocco to Egypt, for at least 5,000 years.
The Arab invasion of North Africa in the 7th century forced Berbers to assimilate, or take refuge in the Atlas mountains.
It is said that as much as 80% of the Moroccan population is racially Berber, however only half of those people live culturally Berber lifestyles.
Berbers have adopted Islam as their primary religion, but continue to speak dialectic Berber in their villages, and practice Berber music, spirituality, and art.
The Atlas mountains are home to relatively pure Berber populations, who live in earthen adobe houses. Marrakech is the only Moroccan city with a recognizable Berber ambiance, being situated at the base of the southern Atlas mountains. The color of Marrakech is the color of the Berbers - reddish, ochre and earth tones are the only colors you see adorning the adobe buildings, giving the impression that the entire city springs from the earth.
The stunning Ourika Valley - situated less than 30 minutes from the Marrakech Medina - is a portal to the High Atlas, and home to many Berber villages.
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One day trip to Ourika Valley
If you enjoy contrasting colours as well as the valleys of numerous waterfalls, this route offers a multicoloured landscape.After leaving Marrakech, you will drive through the green orchards of the Haouz plain. In the background, the imposing outlines of the Atlas will stand out.
After 34 kms, at Tnine-de-l'Ourika, starts the pleasant Ourika valley, progressively climbing on the foothills of the Haut Atlas.
On the banks of the Assif (river), delightful meadows are shaded by poplars and weeping willows.The villages built in clay hanging to the hills and their coloured fields can be seen from a distance.After 68 kms, Setti Fatma marks the end of the way suitable for motor vehicles.
It is then possible to visit (on foot only) the glittering Ourika waterfalls among wild scenery and to cross the Assif (river) on a wood bridge offering a magnificent outlook on the valley and the Angour massif.
45 Euros per person all inclusive
We leave Marrakesh around 09:00 in the morning; we drive toward the Atlas Mountains, many beautiful landscapes and Berber authentic (16th and 17th century) villages.
First Stop to visit a tradition Moroccan house, to see how do people live and how they cook… from the roof of the house you have a beautiful view on a 17th century village and on the valley.
The Lady- the owner of the house- makes a tea ceremony to show us how to make mint tea and after they serve us a kind of country breakfast(bread, butter, honey, olive oil and tea) After this we continue deeper in the valley; we stop for a 20 minutes Camel Ride.
After the camel raid we drive until the end of the road, we leave the van and go hiking for two hours to see some water falls (cascades)
We come back to the van , we drive half a way and stop for lunch in a nice restaurant having a beautiful views on the valley. Lunch is composed of a variety of Moroccan Food.
By 5:00Pm we drive back to Marrakesh. www.moroccanviews.com
Marrakech hotel Kasbah Omar is the first luxury Morocco riad to be built in a Berber village. Located in the village of Anrar in the Ourika Valley, it has panoramic views of the mountains and the river valley and, at night, the lights of center city of Marrakech in the distance.
Anrar is a village of about 52 Berber families, who farm organically in the valley below and tend to their goats in the mountains above. Their lifestyle is agrarian and self - sufficient. You will find exceptional craftmanship of pottery, carpets, and jewelry, and a charming, jovial hospitality.