We booked a trip with Ecotourisme to learn about the Argan tree and the oil produced from its kernels. And in the process we got a glimpse of the rural landscape and reality. Our guide, Edouard Pottier was very knowledgeable about Moroccan culture as well as the Argan tree and the social and economic impact it has in Morocco. There are many woman cooperatives producing and selling Argan oil which helps empower women, providing an income for them and their families. We visited a cooperative and saw the traditional labour intensive method they use to extract the oil.
We went with two kids aged 9 and 12 who grumbled quite a bit about having to walk across the countryside, but despite their misgivings they seemed to have appreciated it. Edouard was very informative about the flora and fauna and made it interesting for them. Having mint tea and delicious homemade bread (with oil and honey) in a traditional Berber farm was a highlight and gave us an opportunity to see how things are done rurally.
We would definitely recommend one of these trips. We learned lots about Morocco and it's people during this half day trip.
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