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The whole town seems to be working in desert-trips or related businesses, so don't expect anything special to happen in the town beyond that.
Around 2005, an asphalt road came to M'Hamid so you can reach the village from Ouarzazate by virtually any car.
The main thing people come to M'Hamid are trips to desert, overnight or several das: by camel, 4x4, motor bike or a quad bike.
If you plan to take two actitivities in desert, consider starting with a less intensive experience and proceeding to a more adventurous--to find something in every trip. For example, take quad biking after overnight camel trekking, not before.
Camel trips and 4x4
Camel trips and 4x4 are provided by many outlets in the village.
Sahara Services, saharaservices.info, +212(61)77-67-66: customer-end intermediary for desert trips (both camel and 4x4) that is well connected with most of the local providers (and individual guides/car-owners?), but also seem to receive a huge part of price you pay. Don't confuse with many outlets in MHamid that also have a Sahara Services sign--use photo from their site as a reference or just call them.
Chiri Biri: A mid-level intermediary that Sahara Services works with (in turn, it contacts people actually performing the trip for the clients). Unlike their subcontractors, Chiri Biri asks for feedback on guide and food after your trip--presumably for improving subcontractors work. No contacts known so far.
Caravane Targala (aka Caravane Terguala); GSM +212-6784-3136 / 6278-1085: contact Razgui Mohamed. One of operators that does perform the trips for Chiri Biri and Sahara Services intermediaries. Operates 2-, 5- and 7-day tours.
Quad Bikes and Buggies
Quad Evasion quadevasionmaroc.com, +212(61)77-54-78 or +212(44)84-86-92, located 5km before M'Hamid. Seemingly the only provider for quad bikes and buggies rental--but is doing that professionally. Quad bikes are one-driver-a-time, while buggies are two-persons-at-once. Serves both 1- or 2-hour trips and multiple-day advanced tours.
For short trips: guide speaks only French, but his signs will be all you need. For multi-day trips: Dar Azawad seems to be a main partner for accomodation.
Most tourist companies working in town offer tent rental for your own trip to desert.
No rental available in the town, still every week several groups of enthusiasts come to ride bikes in a desert.
Markets on Mondays: vegetables and fruits brought from other regions by camels.
Besides that, nothing special--typical tourist shops selling mediocre carpets and usual stuff.
Begging children are unregulary numerous in the village, presumably thanks to many tourists arriving directly from the airport to M'Hamid to spend large sums on 4x4s, hardly seen Moroccan realities elsewhere.