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“Ourika” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ourika Valley

Ourika Valley
KM 21 Route de Ourika, Marrakesh , Maroc, 40000, Morocco
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Ranked #148 of 382 attractions in Morocco
Type: Valleys, Neighborhoods, Flea/ Street Markets
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London, United Kingdom
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“Ourika”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

By far the best place to see in Marrakech. , whilst in Marrakech we wanted to see the atlas mountains called Ourika as its one of the natural beautiful places of the world. . We decided to do this trip from Marrakech and considering the distance is very much worth it and decided to do the trip by a coach which was arranged by our hotel as it was only a half way of the trip and so left us the rest for our own adventure, Our coach driver and another two couples from UK were in the bus were a lot of fun. At the end of the Coach trip we were met by our guide and he was a great help throughout the trip.
The wonders of this magical place are amazing. You could just stare at it all day and watch the sun and clouds play with the light on the beautiful formations in the mountain. The top of the mountains snow Covered, middle some waterfalls like silver lines and bottom of the mountains crystal clear rivers.
You have to wear protective slips on your shoes so as not to slip on the rocks and you will find some ladders ,and water alleys too. When you walk out onto the peak it’s not scary but when you look down it is pretty freaky! On your way up the mountain there are some souvenir shops and cafes with natural fridges (they cool bottles and drinks with the water fall) if you have a good camera you can catch very rare pictures which are for your life time. You will get chances to pose in pretty cool positions though to make the most of the view which is fun. . The view is pretty incredible. It's just like being in another world standing there with the peace and quiet and taking in the view. A must do!
It's overwhelming to think of all the time that past to create this wonder. It's a definite MUST SEE!

Visited January 2014
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“One of the highlights of our trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We hired a car with driver to take us to the valley from Marrakech. Cost 1000 dirhams but very nice comfy SUV and a driver who let us set the pace of what to do. Lovely drive up. Stopped at a Berber village on route which is a big rip off and hugely gimmicky. Once we got to setti fatma, ignored all the guides and wandered around the village ourselves and then by default found ourselves going towards the waterfall, though that wasn't the plan. Not an easy climb up, but very doable. Must have right shoes as it can every slippery. Constant stream of people going up and coming down, so doable without a guide ! We went up to the first waterfall and then came down ravenous as it as way past lunchtime. In the village had lunch at cafe azro ourika almost at the start of the village. Fixed lunch comprising of starter, main course n dessert for 60d !! Lovely table right on the river, great views and ambience ! Huge salad portions in the starter. The couscous was good and the yoghurt at the end was a perfect finish to a lovely day topped by a delightful lunch in an incredibly scenic setting !!! One of the nicest days we had in Morocco and delightful to be away from the madness of the Marrakech medina !!

Visited December 2013
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“Ourika Valley – Great escape from the bustle and hassle of Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

40 minutes drive away from the Marrakesh centre ,and you will find yourself in very scenic route up some breath taking landscapes. You are on the edge of the Atlas Mountain. There are many stops you may wish to do. But ultimately the final stop is at the end of the village of Setti Fatma. Been told no cars go beyond!!!! This is the start of climbing up Ourika Valley and ultimately to the its famous water fall.

On route up the summit there are berber villages, riverside restaurants, and the inevitable souvenir shops. Just like in Marrakesh, every shop owner in Ourika Valley uses the same old lines to rip you off. But the saving grace is the beauty scenery in and around the Valley. Simply breath taking.

The hike up to the water fall is not ideal for people with prams or with mobility problems.

Visited December 2013
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“A must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you staying in Marrakech just buy a tour to this place u just need to go, isnt good to take children or old ppl, but with teenager is just fine a real adventure over there really nice pics u can take on this trip.
Wear nice and proper shoes to climb up the hill as the wrong shoes could be slippery.
Make an extra efford to go there

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“Wear sensible shoes!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I was expecting to see the Ouzoud Falls but ended up in Ourika Valley due to a mix up with the arrangements so was not appropriately dressed. The large taxi we booked charged 500 dirhams for a tour from Riu Tikida Gardens hotel; we stopped at the pottery place (overpriced), the Argan oil house (overpriced), Ourika Valley and Koutoubia Mosque on the way back. We opted to miss out on the Berber house on the way back. It took nearly 2 hours to reach there and when you arrive you will see the local women washing their clothes in the river.

Your taxi driver usually drops you off at a parking place and then you have to walk to the falls yourself. We crossed a small, wooden bridge then carried on towards the left upwards. We opted not to pay the persistent guide who was difficult to get rid of despite his claims we were going the wrong way (I know they have to earn a living somehow). I asked a French speaking woman on her descent who confirmed we were going to the right way. There are plenty of other groups you can follow up if you get lost.

The climb to the highest waterfall is not easy and the path is dangerous but if you're going to do it you might as well go right to the top. I am glad the unfit members of our group and the children quit quite early on as they would have struggled but three of us more ‘active’ individuals made it to the top. It took us 1 hour to reach the top and for a novice there are lots of tricky parts as it gets slippery. It was my first ever climb but I enjoyed it even though my feet were wet.

When you reach the top you can get yourself some mint tea and sit on the chairs. I find it amazing how the Moroccan people have created shops in the middle of nowhere and dragged furniture up there. It is not exactly the Niagara Falls when you finally arrive but it is more the journey to the top that is the accomplishment. A closing comment from one of my companions was "this path need not be dangerous, if the workers even built one step a day, they would soon have a safe route to the top..."

Before we left Ourika Valley, we stopped at Restaurant Imlil for a delicious meal which cost about 260Dh (we were too tired to haggle). I only managed to reach the top in gladiator sandals because I had two men helping me so wear sensible shoes and enjoy if you decide to go.

Visited November 2013
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