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“Donkeys and tortoises” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ecotourisme et Randonnees

Ecotourisme et Randonnees
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Discover the Natural Environnement of Essaouira! You can discover the Argan Woods, the Thuya Forests, and the unimagined world of the Dunes… take mint tea in a berber village, and learn the secrets of a unique and irreplaceable ecosystem at your own pace. Our rangers will give you a guided tour and share their knowledge of the region, on nature trails.
london
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“Donkeys and tortoises”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This was one of the most memorable experiences of our ten days in Essaouira; we wouldn't have missed it for anything. What an inspiration to make possible gentle countryside explorations like this! A friendly and knowledgeable guide took just four of us first to one of the local village weekly markets about 25 kms away. We spent a fascinating hour or more amongst the colour and the buzz of the crowd of people who had come on their donkeys from neighbouring villages to barter and buy (I've never seen so many donkeys!). The rest of the day we meandered through the countryside, along paths through orchards of argan trees, amongst the butterflies and the spring flowers and the bird song and the occasional donkeys trundling back from market with the shopping. We even saw a baby wild tortoise. A delicious tagine in a village home was a real treat and the family so friendly. Later, we bought argan oil from a small womens cooperative where we could watch them shelling and pressing the argan nuts. We felt we had had a privileged inside glimpse of Morocco which we could never have done on our own. Thank you Ottman for being such a congenial and knowledgeable guide!

Visited April 2013
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“A chance to experience nature in Morroco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We took a half a day walk (4 hours). This walk was an excellent opportunity to see a different aspect from Morroco, not a human being on sight with just goats, donkeys and camels - the beach and sand dunes were incredible and our tour guide, Ottoman, was so professional, knowledgeable and friendly, I could not fault anything on this trip. You also get to visit a local village house. We will treasure this walk for the rest of our lives.

Visited February 2013
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“A nice walk in Moroccan nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We took part in a nice half-day walk to the waterfalls.

It was a perfect tour. The driver Mohammed Transport was on time and highly-professional, with a very nice van. The tour was great: from a walk through an argan forest, to a magnificent beach, then to the waterfalls. We ended up in a typical berber house, to drink a tea with a local family.

It was a genuine walk, accessible to everyone and very respectful of local environment and population. Our guide (Odgan) was very kind and professional, and the french managers (that you can meet at the restaurant La Decouverte, in Essaouira) are very kind.

I would highly recommend this very short trek (6 km).

Visited January 2013
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London
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“good trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

we had a morning walking around the argon orchards, visiting a berber home and seeing sights in the fields inland 30mins drive from Essaouira. It was great -- educational, friendly, eye-opening and good value.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne
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“Great way to give back the community and see the real Essaouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We ddi the waterfall walk which took us through the Argon forest and down onto a deserted beach which was wide and beautiful. Then onto the small waterfall a complete contrast to the dunes. We then had tea and refreshment at a local village.

Visited June 2012
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