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“Gorgeous scenery, worth the climb” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ourika Valley

Ourika Valley
KM 21 Route de Ourika, Marrakesh , Maroc, 40000, Morocco
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“Gorgeous scenery, worth the climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

We went on a trip organised by our riad (Ryad Mogador) for 250MAD (£22ish) and we went in a lush 4x4 to Ourika Valley. We stopped at a herb garden (trying to sell you herbs and argan oil but no obligation to buy) which was pleasant. Our guide also stopped at a few photo stops for us too which was great for my snap happy self!

We got a guide and managed to haggle him down to 120MAD (£11) for both of us. He was lovely and helpful (called Sulemaine). Went through some Berber shops but no pressure to buy really.

Climbed up and up and up. It was rainy that day but this made it all the more beautiful as it was all misty. I did not notice much rubbish. Just a lot of leaves from the trees. I would leave both hands free for the climb up and down!

The waterfall at the end was not spectacular but was lovely all the same. The climb on the way down had some spectacular views.

Was hard work but I did it fine in my flipflops! Well worth it though and dont worry if it rains. It gets cold at this time of year but the view is stunning for the mist.

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“Use a guide to make the best of it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We had our riad owner arrange this trip. There was just the two of us in the 6 seater people carrier and the driver was very safe and spoke good English. He chatted with us all the way there and no questions were taboo. We could ask him anything about Morocco, the people, the culture etc. He also pointed out areas of interest on the way. We did the compulsory stop at the Berber market, if you choose a Monday for a trip that is the day the villagers come down from the mountains for their weekly shop and to sell off their animals. We also stopped off at a Berber village to see usual argan oil production. Our driver did give us the option to miss this out but we felt we should support the villagers and it gave us a chance to take photos inside a typical Berber house - only a guide can allow you to do this. Past lots of places of interest to photograph and the tour guide stopped when asked. There were also lots of dromedaries at the side of the road but we gave them a miss. The guide laughed as these should be in the desert not the mountains.

We arrived at the end of the road (Setti Fatma) which literally is the end of the road as from here you get another guide to take you to the waterfalls and we would recommend you get one. Our driver guide arranged a suitable one for us who he uses regularly from a pool of four young trustworthies. This young lad of 22 was very informative, helpful and keen to improve his English - one downside he was a ManU supporter!! Make sure you wear suitable footwear as the route to the waterfalls is rocky and wet in most places. Had a slight issue getting over one of the bridges as it was like something out of Indiana Jones and looked like it would collapse any second but with a bit of persuading I managed to get over it. Husband had no problem as usual - another photo opp. Walked up to the first waterfall passing many shops on the way. The sellers were not too pushy which makes a change. Lots of places on the way to eat and you could sit in the river with your table should it be hot enough. We were lucky to be there in November when it is quiet but I would not like to go in the height of summer as this is where the Marrakech people come to get away from it all and it would be a bit like Blackpool Beach on a hot day. Also during summer it will take more than twice the time to ascend and whilst the trees are in fruit the macaque monkeys raid the supply.

I did not walk to the second waterfall as it looked a bit steep and rocky for my liking so I sat and watched everyone try to cross the river over makeshift stepping stones and trying to keep dry - rather amusing and got chatting to quite a few people which was fun. Husband went up to the second fall and said it was fun but commented that many people had overstretched themselves and as there were single passing points along the way there were constant queues up and down and little negotiation etiquette. The main waterfall wasn't anything special but provided great photo points of the Atlas Mountains. I found the Berber fridges amusing, they make use of the free water to make mini waterfalls to cool their drinks - very ingenious.

Came back to the village and had a spot of lunch before returning back to Marrakech. It was a nice break away from the turmoil and noise of town and would recommend it if you have the time and it is not the height of summer. We would recommend using a guide as opposed to a cheaper taxi as the guide enables you to see things and tell you things the taxi driver cannot do. You should avoid doing the waterfall route on your own as well as it is easy to make a mistake.

Visited November 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We were not told by the tour company that we would be going for a hike in the mountains, we literally thought we were going to see some waterfall. Therefore in our party of 7 my 2 friends & I had the wrong footwear. We stopped off at a Berber Village selling Argan products & a pottery selling the usual tagines etc. After lunch a guide took us over a ramshackle bridge that looked like it was put together with twine, the climb wasn't overly steep but you had to watch your footing. We climbed through streams & over rocks, the waterfall is quite disappointing, but we didn't mind - we loved the climb, the view, seeing monkies in the wild. If you like the outdoors & walking this is a great trip. This trip isn't suitable for anyone with mobility problems.

Visited November 2012
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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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