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.
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