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“Trekking in the Atlas mountains”

Berber Travel Adventures
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Amizmiz
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Visitors experience firsthand the beauty and hospitality of Moroccan Berber culture by meeting and interacting with those living in the many small mountainous villages surrounding Amizmiz, a town about an hour from Marrakech. Activities include visiting Berber villages and homes, helping prepare traditional Berber meals, and learning about the daily life of Morocco's native people. This cultural attraction gives visitors a real-life encounter with the rural Berber life of the High Atlas Mountains.
Poole, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Trekking in the Atlas mountains”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

What a great medium hike, not too hard but enough uphill walking to make you feel you are in the mountains. Our guide, Nordine, was very knowlegable and spoke very good English, he walked at a good pace for all of us and stopped when we wanted water and photo stops. We had a mid morning snack, well if you could call it a snack, a very large piece of freshly baked bread to dip in warm honey or oil in one of the villagers homes followed by mint tea. Off we trekked to another village further on and had lunch in another villagers home. This consisted of freshly picked almonds followed by a wonderful tagine eaten with more bread, it was simply delicious. Nordine showed us how to make the tea and the ritual behind it which was very interesting. I happened to mention that it was my birthday treat and then we talked about his interest of playing the banjo, it told Nordine I was just taking it up and we talked about Izensarn(Sorry about the spelling) this is a well known band and by the time we had got down to the village he had arranged for someone to bring me a CD, no charge, I thought this was very thoughtful of Nordine, thank you. He then bought us all mint tea and coffee. We had an hours taxi drive either way but he wa on time and very reasonable. What a great day

Visited February 2013
Thank Julie W
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Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Highlight of the holiday!”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

The website provided clear and detailed information about this walking day trip to experience Berber life and culture. Jamal arranged for taxi transportation from Marrakech but there was also detailed information on public transport options. He met us in Amizmiz and the excursion was well organised. The combination of beautiful setting, kind and generous hosts and Jamal's insightful commentary provided us with an unforgettable experience (even the taxi ride was fun) - the highlight of our trip to Marrakech!

Visited February 2013
Thank Jeanne-Marie J
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Should be No.1 Thing To Do in Marrakech!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

- Couple, age 23, Irish & Canadian -

This was, in so many ways, the best thing we did in Morocco. After two days in Marrakech, our heads were spinning from all the frenzied action, and we were putting a lot of stock in our day trip with Jamal. He exceeded our expectations in every way, giving us an incredibly insightful, enjoyable, authentic and beautiful day. Jamal's knowledge and heartfelt respect for (and from) the local people was a treasure. He uses his knowledge and skills not only to teach us travelers about the local culture, but to ensure a fair and fruitful experience for the locals with whom we interacted. Their hospitality was humbling, and their company was very enjoyable. Our day trip, the 'moderate walking' option, had adventure, good laughs, 'wow' moments, great food and company and was a delight throughout. We often felt like we were walking through a National Geographic photo shoot! We really can't recommend this highly enough, Jamal's Berber Travel Adventures should be in the top 3 Things To Do while in Marrakech - it was certainly the highlight of an already exhilarating stay in Morocco! We will treasure our experience for the rest of our lives.

Visited January 2013
Thank Dave W
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent in every way”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Excellent in every way:
•The website is accurate, reliable, and a helpful guide as to what to expect.
•They are most responsive to email inquiries. By email they clarified every aspect of our tour. One of our party was a vegetarian, and they arranged to accommodate her. In the midst of our stay in Marrakech we asked if we could change our itinerary, and they responded immediately and positively.
•Jamal is as described in the other reviews: knowledgeable, friendly, reliable, an excellent communicator, sets a good pace, and interesting to talk with about many matters outside the tour itinerary. He grew up and lives in the area.
•We did both the moderate full-day walk and the half-day market tour. For the former, the scenery was striking and the "cultural experience" is remarkable. One visits villages to which electricity has come only a few years ago, for example.

Visited December 2012
Thank DrosMel
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Newick, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Berber Life”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

I agree with previous reviews.
Words cannot describe how good this day out was.
The three of us-20 year old daughter and 2 -50 something's loved everything about this day.
From the stunning views to the kindness and generosity of the people we met and the delicious food we ate-it really was a trip to remember.
Our only concern was that we didn't allow more time to do a longer trek and spend more time in the mountains.
So much more relaxing and informative than hours in Marrakech being constantly hassled and annoyed.
Many thanks to Jamal and. Noureddine for giving us such a wonderful experience.
Our taxi driver was also very informative and friendly.

Kristine. Brian and Stephanie. UK.
December 16 2012

Visited December 2012
Thank Kristine J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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