Marrakech, Morocco is an exciting city with plenty of things to do. However, if you happen to be looking for some more off-the-beaten-track adventures, there are a few trips you can easily arrange from Marrakech, either as day trips or multiday trips with pick-up and drop-off in Marrakech.

Stargazing in the Desert

Only 25 miles from Marrakech lies the Agafay stone desert. The mighty Atlas Mountains frame the stunning lunar landscape. It is a beautiful place for hiking due to its many stone dunes that change color throughout the day. Hiking is possible in spring and winter.

At night, the Agafay stone desert turns into an ocean of sparkling stars. You can easily arrange tours with professional astronomers, who can explain the different star constellations. Stargazing in the desert is spectacular, as telescopes enable you to observe planets you could otherwise not see. You also don’t get any light pollution that you would get in a city, so you can see many more stars than you usually might.

Discover an Ancient Culture

The Berbers are the ethnicity indigenous to North Africa, including Morocco. The Berber history goes back to prehistoric times, some 4,000 years ago. Even though the Romans, among others, have tried to colonize the Berber people, they have managed to preserve their own language and culture.

You can still experience this culture today. For example, the Berber Culture Centre, located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains some 90 minutes from Marrakech, enables you to experience a day in a life of a Berber and stay with a Berber family overnight. You can learn how to cook, play with the children, or simply enjoy Berber hospitality. It is a fascinating trip that will enable you to delve deeper into Moroccan culture and experience something unique.

Conquer Morocco’s Peaks

For those who enjoy mountaineering, the Atlas Mountains offer some amazing backdrops. The Toubkal National Park, for example, is a national park in the High Atlas mountain range, some 70 kilometres from Marrakech. It underwent an establishment in 1942, covering a vast area of 380 km square. Jbel Toubkal is the highest peak of the park at 4,167 metres. Before conquering this mountain, it is possible to acclimatize yourself by going hiking in the nearby valleys of Asni, Imlil, Tacheddirt, and Tizi Oussem or Ouirgane first. Trekking season is from late spring to late autumn, and accommodation is available in the various mountain villages.

Camel Trekking in the Sahara

If you would like to experience the stunning scenery of the Sahara desert, then you could consider a camel safari. Such a trek usually includes an overnight stay in a Bedouin camp, where you will sit around a big bonfire, eat traditional Bedouin food, and listen to the exciting tales of the Bedouin nomads. Make sure your camel has proper padding though, otherwise you might get a bit sore.

As you can see Marrakech has plenty on offer and there are also some lovely hotels in Marrakech that are waiting to host you. Which adventure would you go on?

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  1. Thanks for these beautiful article about Atlas mountain hiking in Morocco.

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