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Berber hospitality in the High Atlas

Berber Village & Assafou Foundation Visit

Berber Village & Assafou Foundation Visit, Morocco

This day trip from Marrakesh allows you to comfortably explore a large area of the High Atlas Mountains, their valleys and canyons and a few high passes, which will reward you with spectacular panoramic views. 

After leaving Marrakesh, you'll travel through the village of Tahanaout, which hosts a local market every Tuesday. From its lush, fertile valley you'll head higher into the mountains through juniper and pine forests to the Sidi Fares region. Your guide will take you to a traditional earth-made village perched at an altitude of just over 1,800 meters, where you'll meet a local family and spend some time experiencing their way of life. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about their local customs and daily life; your guide will act as a translator. 

You'll be served mint tea and also a traditional Berber lunch here by the family, before continuing onwards, descending from the pass into the beautiful and verdant Ourika Valley. Here you'll stop at the village of Agounsane to visit the center of the charity program we work with in Morocco, which benefits local children, women and older men who want to further their otherwise limited education. You'll visit one of the schools to meet some children and their teacher, and will learn more about the program and its aims from your guide.

From here, you'll embark on a short walk around the local area to visit some pottery makers and learn about this traditional craft. You'll have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience if you wish, before departing back to Marrakesh.

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