It was a tough decision on what to do as a day trip while in Marrakech. It was our first time on the continent of Africa and I saw so many camel trips that I honestly had my heart set on that. Due to tight money restrictions as it was still only me working the UK that we chose the cheaper option but still well worth it.
There are way too many people who will hassle you while you walk around the old town. Their tourist ‘game’ is worked to the core and it is quite annoying but expected. As there are so many companies out there to choose from they need to push to make their money. We chose one that went through our hotel and were on the bus the next morning to the mountains.
We stopped in a small village and walked around a few families home. As they have regular visitors they had their shop and oils set up to tour around in and quickly pushed you to make purchases. Everyone needs to make a living!
The view was spectacular but not as great as it would soon be.
Our tour guide drove us to the base of the mountains where we began our climb. We knew we were into an afternoon of climbing as it is the Atlas Mountains, however, some people in the group were not told what to expect because they were not dressed appropriately to hike and two older ladies said they wouldn’t have joined the tour. They were in the end proud of themselves which was wonderful to see.
Lots of shops and food ‘stalls’ along the way up the hill as it is a common route with many visitors. We kept our spending to a very small minimum on items and rather spent it on enjoying food.
Fresh mint tea, a Moroccan speciality as well as, freshly squeezed orange juice to refresh on a the half way point before heading back down the mountain.
Lunch and its perfect view to end off a beautiful day.