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Review of Ourika Valley

Ourika Valley
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Ranked #90 of 676 things to do in Morocco
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Owner description: The Ourika valley situated at a short distance from Marrakesh 60 km. While traveling along the Ourika valley you will enjoy beautiful landscapes, from walnuts, wiping willow and poplar trees, to its mountains and rocks varying in color from red to green.
Reviewed December 11, 2013

This is a really disappointing place. I'm sure there are beautiful parts to this valley but the waterfall we were taken to (late in the day after being paraded around various shops and tourists traps for most of it!) has been really spoilt. Cafés and tacky shops cover every inch of the river banks (and some even in the middle of the river too!) as well as the trail leading up to the waterfall. There is litter everywhere and graffiti on the surrounding rock walls. It's a real shame and really depressed me. I realise that morocco isn't a wealthy country and maybe they haven't the resources to invest much in the environment but marrakech and the surrounding area has been a tourist destination for a long time and they make money out of their natural environment. It's disappointing that they just seem to exploit it without any respect or care for it.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

A great day (we negotiated down to 250 DH each- £17ish) bit foggy and damp at first but ended up beautiful. Berber village was quaint ,Argon oil huts was interesting .However before the walk to the summit (ish!) we was pushed into a terrace top restaurant for lunch , where we paid for a tajine and coke (about 90 DH) HOWEVER THE WAITER TRIED TO PLAY DUMB when it came to giving us and our German neighbour our change....left a sour taste!!!...We then started the climb with some of the ladies dressed for a day at the races ,or in flip flops !! The climb IS DANGEROUS ,however exciting ...WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IF YOU ARE UNFIT,or in flip flops !... Got to the bar by the waterfall and had a coke or mint tea !!The Guide was good the views fantastic....this was the highlight of our Marrakech trip .MAKE SURE YOU HAVE LOTS OF DIRHAM COINS to give to the Berber's kids as thank you for letting into their village .!!

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Warning be prepared wear suitable shoes as the climb can be slippery. We had a lovely guide who held my hand most of the time. Beautiful views the downside being having a mint tea for 2 and charged 60 DH. When quiried was told the charge included sitting at their dirty plastic table to enjoy the view !!!

2  Thank Sue J
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This valley is very charming and easy to climb to see the 5 cascads (out of 7). It's better to be equipped with appropriate shoes though.
Ask your driver to stop on the way and you will discover berber villages, traditional argan exploitation and... tourists-oriented camel riding (a few minutes for 50 DH :-)).
You definitely need a guide (we paid 150DH).

1  Thank JP M
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

The trip organized by Sanikel Tours was the worst ever. They brought us to a Berber house and offered tea and bread and then asked everyone to pay 10 dirhams at the end of it. And then there was the camel ride that only a handful of us were interested in. Next, they brought us to this garden, which really is a store selling oils and perfume. And then there was the overpriced lunch by the river. And then finally, a waterfall that was so dirty and unimpressive. The hike up to the waterfall though was a good one. On the way back, we were brought to a souvenir shop and one of us was coerced into buying something. Overall, I was really disappointed.

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