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“Climb up to see the waterfall” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ourika Valley

Ourika Valley
KM 21 Route de Ourika, Marrakesh , Maroc, 40000, Morocco
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Ranked #141 of 387 Attractions in Morocco
Type: Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets, Valleys
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“Climb up to see the waterfall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Our trip to Ouriki included a stop at a traditional market with pots, pans and tourist stuff, a place where they claimed to make original Argan oil, a traditional carpet place and a stop for lunch with a trip up to a part of the mountain to see the first stage of a waterfall.

We gave a miss to the oils and carpets. Just had a light snack for lunch as it tended to be aimed at tourists and overpriced. We did buy a small mirror at the market though.

The trip to the waterfall included a guide and he was needed. It was a bit of a climb, there were a few leaps, it was slippery, there were a few ledges and boulders to navigate. My son actually slipped on one or two occasions and my wife found it rather tiring but we did want to experience part of the Atlas mountains on out trip to Morrocco.

The waterfall at the end of it was rather so-so. The guide told us there are other waterfalls at a higher level but this was sufficient for us. We now had to make our way down in one piece, easier said than done.

Visited January 2012
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“Just don't go”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I stayed at Marrakech and I went on a day tour to the valley of Ourika, 2 hours by car and a visit some berberes villages that manufactered the argan oil befor we get to the village. The road is poor, the dirty, garbage and debris of plastics are everywhere. In the end its a small stream with poor restaurants.

Visited October 2012
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“Tour touristy and littered but driving there is beautiful”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We booked a private tour for two via our Riad. Very expensive in hindsight at 45euros per person which didnt include lunch (25 euro) or guide for the wterfalls (15euro - you dont need one). The drive to the waterfalls and having tea with our driver were in fact our highlight as the waterfalls were full of tourists, cafes, plastic bottles littering everywhere and shops trying to sell you their stuff for the good of the Berber organisation (proof was ahown via a laminated card) which I am not sure is the same thing as the ethical and organised co-operatives. Cannot see how a Berber factory can churn out all the same plates for the whole of Marrakesh, heard that it is likely they are now made in China (that is a rumour). Recommend going to the approved co-ops to buy souvineers where the money provides decent salaries to the people working there in good working conditions, otherwise you will be paying whatever price they can get for the souvineers, we were definitely seen as a euro ticket on this trip, bit disheartening but putting that aside the drive through the Atlas Mountains is stunning and so cool to be out of the city in the countryside. A must see drive experience! The waterfalls aren't that high and unless they clean it up a bit, I would not recommend going, sorry Marrakesh, I know it's your star tourist spot but it needs some serious tlc.

Visited September 2012
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“Ourika waterfalls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We really enjoyed this tour. There are 5 waterfalls in total and while the 1st was busy, if you can make the treck to the top it is well worth it and far less people around. It can be sloppy so make sure you wear shoes with good grip, bring water and don't carry too much. I would definitely recommend getting a guide as it is far safer and they know where they are going.

Visited September 2012
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“A nice day away from Marrakech”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

We decided to hire a grand taxi for half a day which cost 500 dirhams . The driver took us to Ourika Valley which took an hour , he dropped us at a Berber Village without us actually asking to be but I think this is just standard for all cabbies and you get the sales pitch to buy Argan oil . I didn't need it but thought what the hell and bought a bottle for 100 dirhams , it's an income for them .  Arriving in the main street to start the walk up to the waterfalls is baffling as there are no signs on where to go and as for using shops as an indicator - there are shops and stalls everywhere . We ended up succumbing and getting a guide for 100dirhams as he kept pestering us ,  a young boy who was very pleasant though and quick on his feet  . We could have tried it ourselves but atleast he could make some cash out of it . The valley is beautiful and so fresh  , welcomed after the dirt and  chaos in Marrakech . There are streams of water everywhere and the food being sold looked so delicious . You can sit on tables and chairs in the streams . It's a bit of a walk and you definitely are better off with trainers . I did it in sturdy sandals and just about managed , though because it's wet it gets tricky . The waterfall is lovely to see and sit by . All in all a lovely day and a must see . 

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