I was met by a very nice guy called Ahmed at my hotel and he explained the order of the day and due to this being a private tour I was able to listen intently and ask whatever questions I needed. Mahmet is originally from the Atlas therefore he knew his stuff and walked (literally) in their shoes growing up.
We stopped in various places for photo opportunities and our first stop was at the Association for Berber women who produce various items from Argan and the do all this by hand. Most of the women are estranged from their Husbands and this is the only income.
Next stop was along the river for the traditional Mint Tea to relax and take in the peaceful time. Again question where answered and lots of information shared.
Then we arrive into the village of Setti Fatma where I was met by another guide, he gave me info on the village where he and his family have always lived happily. We took the 30 minute trip up the atlas mountain and arrived and disappointedly low waterfall .. (It was out of season) but the walk up was fun and great as you can shop too!! On the walk down we was treated to a show of the Macau Monkeys who came down from high mountains to steal the nuts from the trees. It just so happens it was the bearing of walnut season and this display was quite rare!! Talking of walnuts, we found many ate many and brought home many!!
After the walk back down, which is a lot harder than going up, we stopped back for a traditional lunch set menu where I had my first Berber Tagine! Yummy!!
Then the journey back to Marrakech was quiet and I was able to take in all that I saw and learnt and left feeling satisfied that I had really journeyed into the Atlas Mountains.
Will defo recommend this tour and this company and recommend you do it!!
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