Visiting Photography Museum in Marakesh (which is a must in itself) i found out they are incouraging day trips to their other museum in ourika valley to help visitors learn more about Berber culture. Surprisingly there were no reservations at a price of only 21 euro!!!
My local guide Khalid, working in Berber culture museum in village who met me upon arrival was one of the most cheerful guides i have ever met, very passionate for walking, not the best English speaking guide, but his passion for showing around his home village was inspirational enough. Home hosted lunch in his mothers house - culinary and cultural highlight, and a chance to peek into a real home. After seeing local pottery shop and short walk in a village we set off for trekking around the gardens of a village - please be prepared if it is a hot day, this was an issue for me. Dont want to go in details of every little thing we saw or did on a way, but i must say if You are thinking slow travel, sustainable, responsible and ethical tourism, cultural trips, budget options, safe trip for single lady, nature trekking, paying local direct without intermediaries - this was one of the best composed trips to learn about how really locals live apart from serving us in hotels and trying to sell things. They have an option of staying overnight in the Berber museum, by the way, and continuing trekking more, also visiting local souks on Mondays and Thursdays.
Certainly museum doesn't mean to make profits on this since they agreed to make it for me alone - with escort to the grand taxi starting in Marakesh. Many thanks to Maison de la Photographie for being so generous and thoughtful! Of course, transportation not included makes a price lower but still - working in tourism industry many years i have never heard of private tour for such a low price. Also, i guess its a matter of concept - using local transportation You are getting to know local life better) Paying direct for taxi, guide and meal again shows the museum is showing a good meaningful charity example. Enjoy!
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