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ERG CHEBBI IN 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

 

 

DAY 1

MARRAKECH - HIGH ATLAS - AIT BEN HADDOU - OUARZAZATE - PALM GROVE OF SKOURA - VALLEY OF ROSES - DADES GORGE

(approx. 360km - 6h)

We will leave Marrakech early in the direction of the High Atlas. We will cross landscapes of forests and small villages with adobe houses before reaching the port of Tizi n'Tichka at 2,260 meters above sea level. It is the highest mountain pass in North Africa and offers stunning views over the winding roads that wind between the peaks of the High Atlas.

 

Leaving the mountains behind, we will stop at the famous Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, the best preserved fortified city in Morocco. It served as a filming set for films such as Gladiator or Babel and is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will have time to walk through its alleys and enjoy the panoramic views from its highest point.

 

We will have lunch in Ouarzazate and continue towards the magnificent Skoura palm grove, an immense green expanse dotted with dozens of adobe kasbahs, some restored, others demolished, but all with a particular charm. If one must be highlighted, it would be the Kasbah of Amridil, which houses an exhibition of agricultural instruments and objects of Berber daily life.

 

Next, we will follow the Dades River towards the fortified village of Kelaat M'Gouna, which marks the beginning of the Valley of the Roses. There we will find a landscape of hundreds of hectares dedicated to the cultivation of roses that are in great demand by the cosmetics industry. An economic activity that gives work to many families in the area. Spring is the best time to see the valley in bloom, but the cooperatives offer their products all year round.

 

Finally we will arrive at the Dades Gorges, the narrowest area of the valley of the same name that stands out for its excavated routes in the middle of impressive canyons. Palm trees are rarely seen in this area because a cold microclimate prevents their growth, unlike other nearby valleys. We will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel overlooking the gorges.

 

DAY 2
 
DADES GORGES - TINERHIR PALM GROVE - TODRA GORGES - ERFOUD - MERZOUGA
(approx. 250 km - 3h30)

 

We will leave early towards the Todra Gorges, true wonders of nature. Its vertical rocky wallsCaused by the erosion of water and air for centuries, they have a great landscape and architectural value with various ksurs and kasbahs, wounded by time, dotted along the narrow valleys.

 

Very close to there we can admire the magnificent palm grove of Tinerhir, an explosion of greenery in the middle of an arid landscape.

 

We will continue our way until we reach Erfoud, a town known for its fossils and its rich dates. We will notice how little by little the environment becomes more sandy.

 

Upon arrival in Merzouga we will leave our vehicle and get on the back of a dromedary to reach our bivouac and enjoy the majestic spectacle of the sunset over the dunes.

 

We will have dinner in the bivouac andwe will sit with the nomads around the fire to enjoy an evening under the stars with live traditional music.

 

DAY 3
 
MERZOUGA - DRAA VALLEY - AGDZ - HIGH ATLAS - MARRAKECH (approx. 560 km - 8h30)

 

Today we will say goodbye to the desert to gradually return to civilization following the Drâa Valley. The Drâa river collects its waters from the High Atlas and leads a suicidal path towards the desert, nurturing thousands of palm trees and plantations in its path, forming an immense oasis. For centuries it was the communication route between the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa and has been a transit point for hundreds of caravans loaded with all kinds of goods.

 

We will make several stops along the valley to admire its beautiful landscapes and we will have lunch in the small agricultural town of Agdz that stands out for its panoramic view over the palm groves.

 

We will cross the Atlas again until we reach Marrakech in the late afternoon.

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