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“Good day out... However take note!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ourika Valley

Ourika Valley
KM 21 Route de Ourika, Marrakesh , Maroc, 40000, Morocco
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“Good day out... However take note!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This is a decent day out of the city. Most riads / hotels will book the day trip for you, which is what we did. You will pay for a car to take you to the falls, where you will meet a guide (seperate fee) who will take you to the first set of waterfalls. There you can either turn around and head back the way you came or continue up higher. This is NOT a easy hike along a paved path. Wear good comfortable shoes. Do not bring more than you can carry.

After the hike we went for lunch (also not included) before heading back to the city.

During the drive out we stopped at a pottery place, and agean oil place, and a spice place. You are not obligied to buy anything, and if you want you can tell the driver not to bother stopping but continue on.

On the way back my wife wanted to ride a camel. The driver when to a specific place where she had a 20 min ride (150dirhams). There are several places alomng the valley road where you can pet or ride the camels.

Visited February 2013
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“Great day out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

We hired a car and a driver for our trip to the valley. We went on a Monday which turned out to be lucky as first stop at the four of the mountains was the weekly souk for locals. It was incredibly busy, and with only a few tourists it was as authentic as it gets. Not for everyone I would guess - you will see chickens having their knacks wrung etc. You will also see men being shaved, and the odd tooth extraction.
Next stop was a commune in a Berber house. You get to tour the house for a donation of your own choosing.
The valley and the mountains are spectacular - the tops were still snow covered. We then visited a medicinal herb centre, before lunch and a trek to the waterfalls.
I would agree with other comments that the area is aimed at tourists - what would you expect? Also the walk up to the waterfalls is spoilt by the rubbish - probably from the tourists, but you should still go if you can make it.

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Agouraï, Meknes, Morocco
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“getting away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We went up up and up into the mountains until we found a little restaurant making real tajine. There was a little river running through it and it was absolutely fabulous.

Visited January 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“nice water falls but over all, the best tajine chicken with lemmon confit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

we went to the ourika valley for trekking and visiting the waterfalls, very nice and our bereber guide we hired there was very nice with good hhandle of the spanish, our mother language.
too many souvenir shops along the way for my taste but the best was to have lunch at one of the home made mom and pop bereber villager restaurants sitting by the river, great morrococan salade and the best tajine chicken to confgit of lemmon ever eaten in morrocco bereber style.

Visited January 2013
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“Scenic break from a busy city. A must in my opinion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Looked at the other reviews and listened to other people in our hotel and decided to give this trip a go.
Took the trip with a friend of the security guard at our hotel (Moroccan House in Gueliz) as our guide. He was absolutely brilliant and cheap compared to the hotel, holiday rep and the excursion people in town.
We drove about an hour over to the foothills of Atlas, into Ourika Valley. The guide allowed us to stop wherever we wanted to take pictures and shop as and when we wanted, and didn't rush us about at all, in fact he kept telling us to take our time. I stopped him quite a few times because there are some seriously beautiful views to be taken in and some very interesting shop selling Berber craft.
He pointed out a lot of interested Berber history things and even took us to a Berber house, run exactly as Berbers live. We bought some beautiful souvenirs in the shop there, and cheaply as well.
At the end of the drive we came to the last village in Ourika Valley, which was Setti Fatma. We had some lovely, and cheap lunch at a Berber restaurant called La Belle Rose. It was a set menu of a 3 course meal for 120 MAD per person. A highly recommended experience in my opinion, both because it was delicious and it was a chance to try true Berber food. There are apparently some lovely water falls in Setti Fatma, but unfortunately because we have a 2yr old son we couldn't climb up to see them as he would last the 45 or so minute walk.
On the way back we stopped and took lots more pictures.
This trip to Ourika is one that will not be forgotten in a rush, truly special.
i have to say our guide made our visit amazing!

Visited January 2013
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