Have a truly authentic Ourika Valley experience avoiding the typical tourist traps and focus on real Berber village life
On our Ourika day trip you will travel on a private tour with your own vehicle, driver and guide. To achieve a truly authentic Ourika Valley experience we aim to avoid the typical tourist traps and focus on real Berber village life, exploring local trails on foot far away from the fleets of tour buses.
Argan & Souk Experience
Departing Marrakech one of our first visits is to a locally run Argan cooperative where we will see local women cultivating and pressing the Argan nut to make cooking oil, butter and cosmetic products. Next you have the chance to visit a souk located near a picturesque Zaouia. Every Monday the largest souk of the valley is held here.
Ourika River & Setti Fatma
Continuing along the valley following the Ourika River we’ll experience classic Ourika scenery of palm tree plantations and fruit trees with tiny hamlets, summer homes of wealthy locals and riverside restaurants. At Setti Fatma, a favourite weekend resort of many Marrakshis, we will visit the famous tomb of Setti Fatma.
Berber Village Trails
Next we drive around the valley enjoying views of high green terraces, surrounding Atlas peaks, rocky village foothills and the seven small waterfalls that surround the village. After enjoying a tasty Berber lunch there is time to explore on foot, following village trails in search of a traditional way of life before we make the return drive to Marrakech.
Length: 1 days
Price: from €40
This trek is available throughout the year. You can start on any date you wish.Book Now
For Atlas Trekking you need to prepare as you would for walking in any mountain region; it can be warm and sunny during the day but the weather in the mountains can quickly change from sunshine to snow and cold winds (autumn through late spring). Please do not leave any rubbish behind you; carry out what you carry in.
Atlas Treks are tailored to match the season and your level of fitness. You have the choice of basing yourself in Berber Guesthouses, from where you can take daily walks, or you can Atlas Mule Trek for 2+ days. On mule treks you usually have the choice of staying in Berber Guesthouse/with families or wild camping in 2-person tents. In addition to regular packing, here is a Check List for Atlas Trekking:
Tend to be short day walks and rambles at low altitudes. Grade 1 walks can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life and no special preparation is required.
Will usually involve some longer walks (4-6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 3000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life. Grade 2 walking tours may contain some optional strenuous days, and in order to get the best out of the trip we would advise that you tone up your fitness before you join.
Are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Walking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more of ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.