My daughter, her partner and I just returned from an amazing adventure in Morocco. Trip Advisor was enormously helpful in our planning. Great ideas from the forums as well. So here's some advice re: travelling there. If you are thinking of doing Morocco on your own, think again. Unless you are young, completely open to chaos, have lots of time to waste time finding what you're looking for, consider using a guide......particularly in the countryside. At first it seemed expensive to us; but when we crunched the numbers, and considered our priorities re time, we changed our minds. ( Please note that 2 of us are over 60; and one of us 46....in good physical condition for our ages. AND under the best of circumstances, this trip requires lots of energy.) Though I've driven rental cars in the US, Europe, and the UK, we decided we would not want to do that in Morocco. The desert experience (we loved Erg Chebbi near Merzouga) is a magnificent highlight. And I'm not even a desert person. I would suggest that any time frame less than 8 days in Morocco, unless you're planning to do only Marrakesh, Essouria and day trips from there, would be difficult. We took 2 weeks, and I'm VERY glad we did. Here's the good news: the guide recommended to us via the forums, Ali Oussou, was absolutely amazing in every way. He worked with me tirelessly via e-mail over a year's time, helping to co-create the best itinerary. Dependable, kind, knowledable and calming, Ali made what could have been a very gruelling trip MUCH easier for us. And his driver, Youssef, was excellent and delightful to travel with. Not much bad news about travelling in Morocco, but Some cautions: If what you require is unrelenting convenience, luxury travel and total control over your environment, this is probably not the country for you. And it's a wonderful country in many ways. Re: the ATMs......we had great difficulty getting them to give us money, despite our having told our banks ahead of time we would be travelling there. My card was captured twice, for no good reason, and it took over an hour each time to get it back. I'm told it's the system there; not here. So I strongly advise you take cash with you; euros preferably, or dollars. They don't seem to love traveller's checks either. The American Express office in Marrakesh was completely ineffectual; don't count on them to do anything quickly. RE: food in Morocco....fairly interesting, but be VERY careful. Though we were careful, 2 of the 3 of us got sick, and we almost never get sick, even in Mexico. Drink and brush teeth only bottled water; be cautious about (or don't eat)any raw vegetables and fruits; wash hands or use anti-bacterial hand-wash often. We heard that about 2/3rds of travellers have tummy troubles at some point during their trip. So take some meds with you. Suggest you not travel there during Ramadan, as it seems to change everything from banking hours to eating options. Also, it is hot in the desert areas and in Marrakech, even in late September, early October. I am open to answering further questions via this forum, if you're considering a trip to Morocco.