Tour 8. The Great South


8 dAYS / 7 nIGHTS

VEHICLE 4X4

 

Day 1: Marrakech - High Atlas - Telouelt - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate
Pick up at your hotel in Marrakech and start your trip to the Great South. We will cross the High Atlas, which is the highest and most extensive mountain range in Morocco, crowned by the Tizi-N-Tichka summit at 2260 meters of altitude. This route is also known as the Route of the Pastures. Impressive mountain landscapes.
We will make several stops to take photos and stretch our legs.
We will pass through Taddart, a small mountain village where the ascent to Tichka begins, very famous òr its goat tajines and its meat roasted with charcoal.
We will cross the High Atlas Via Telouelt, with some stops in the pleasant Berber villages, visit the Kasbah of Telouet and have lunch there. After lunch, departure to Ait Benhaddou, one of the best preserved and most spectacular kasbahs in Morocco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A place famous for the films shot there, as is the Gladiator case. We will sleep in a hotel in Ait Ben Haddou or Ouarzazate.
Day 2: Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Valley of Roses - Gorges of Dadès
After breakfast, departure to the incredible palm groves of Skoura in the Dades Valley, one of the most beautiful areas of Morocco. On the way we will cross the Valley of Roses, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will continue the route to the Todra Garganta where we can enjoy an hour of hiking through spectacular landscapes. Accommodation and dinner at Dadès.
Day 3: Dadès Gorge - Sahgro Mountains - Drâa Valley - Zagora- Tamegroute - Tagounite
After breakfast, we will see the area in the direction of the volcanic mountains of Sarhro. We will also cross the road of Tizni Tazazart, a spectacular track with incredible rock formations and ravines with unparalleled views. Then we will continue our journey through the Draa Valley bordered by 200 kms of palm trees that make this route one of the most beautiful in Morocco and numerous Berber villages of adobe.
We will pass through Zagora, visiting Tamegroute, an old religious center famous for its Koranic Library and its open-air pottery workshops.
We arrive at Tagounite, penultimate town before the desert, we will arrive at Tagounite, at the Camping Les Palmeraies located in a palm grove, where we will be greeted with the refreshing thé of welcome, we will have a typical dish of Moroccan gastronomy. Accommodation at our Maison d'Hotes.
Day 4: Tagounite - Kasbahs of Tagounite - M'Hamid - Erg Lihoudi
In the morning, we will have breakfast among palm trees and visit the ancient Kasbahs of Tagounite, a walk through time. We will return to Les Palmeraies where we will eat, and after lunch we will start our trip to the desert.
We will pick up the 4x4 to move to the bivouac of Erg Lihoudi, first Saharan dunes. We will do a dromedary tour observing the sunset. We will taste the flavors of the desert at our dinner. Sleeping in a traditional nomadic haima or under the stars.
 
Day 5: Erg Lihoudi - Sacred Oasis - Great Dunes of Chegaga
Already in the morning after seeing the sunrise, we will have breakfast between dunes and we will pick up the 4x4 and we will go to Erg Chegaga, the Great Dunes. They are about 95 kms (about three hours of travel) per track crossing the desert: hammadas, small dunes ..
We pass through various hammadas or stony deserts where we can find some fragment of meteorite or fossil. (You can do parads for photos, etc.)
We will arrive at the Sacred Oasis, a succession of palm trees where a stream of water runs throughout the year and where the nomads take their flocks to water.
Possibly in our journey we find a family of nomads willing to chat and share a glass of tea.
After crossing several ouad, we arrive at Erg Chegaga, the sea of sand, dunes of 300 meters high and 40 km long, will not leave the traveler impassive.
We will enjoy the sunset, and a great evening where dinner will be enlivened by the music of the desert. We will sleep in a traditional nomadic haima or under the stars if you prefer. 
Day 6: Erg Chegaga- Lake Iriki- Foum Z Guid - Tazenakht - Talioune - Taroudant
After breakfast among the dunes, we will continue our journey through the Iriki Lake, which in the rainy season of the year carries water, and is bordered by sand dunes, the landscape is absolutely fantastic.
We arrived at Foum Zguid, old military post. We continue to Tazenakht, important center of Ouzguda weave fabric, characteristic for its orange pattern. This track was an old section of the famous Paris-Dakar rally.
Throughout this area came numerous hunting parties with hawks that once practiced the Saudis, as indicated by some adobe ruins that still exist.
We continue through Talioune, a small village located 119 kms from Taroudant. In Talioune there are some of the most beautiful geological folds in Morocco at an altitude of 1180 meters.
All the saffron of the country comes from this town, where it is picked with all the delicacy at hand. Saffron powder is used as a food condiment and as a product in the pharmacopoeia, it is an antispasmodic. We arrive at Taroudant. Dinner and accommodation.
 
Day 7: Taroudant - Agadir - Essaouira
Taroudant was the first capital of the Saadian sultans before Marrakech. It still has its ocher walls. Called sometimes the small Marrakech, its Al-Alaouyine square and its souks are privileged places to observe the daily life of its people. Highlights its souks, one of the most interesting in Morocco and its walls, with a length of 7 kms. There are areas on the wall where you can see the cracks produced by the Agadir earthquake.
Agadir, capital of the Sous region and Morocco's first fishing port, owes its current reputation to its exceptional beach of more than 6 km of fine sand and its climate. Throughout history, this modest fishing population has been the cause of rival struggles and between tribes or foreign powers.
After independence and until 1960, Agadir was a very prosperous city, until 1l 29 February 1960 when an earthquake that lasted 15 seconds, caused one of the largest catastrophes in Morocco, killing 15,000 people, possibly more.
We arrived in Essaouira, the ancient Mogador, still inhabited by the Gnawa descendants of the black slaves from the Sudan. It is a very interesting city that has preserved many vestiges of its past. Already in the Antiquity it played an important role thanks to its mollusks from which the purple was extracted to dye the garments of the Caesars.
Its fortified wall, its fishing port, its white houses with the frames of doors and windows in blue, make Essaouira a unique city. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 8: Essaouira - Chichaoua - Marrakech
On the route to Marrakech from Essaouira, we will cross Arab villages, Berber, and forests of a tree called ARGAN, exclusive of this area protected by UNESCO. They are extremely resistant and extend over an area of 830,000 ha. The fruit of this tree is dried and separated from the bark, the fruit is roasted and crushed in a stone mortar, where a paste is obtained from which the oil is extracted, which has an infinite number of properties ... Marrakech End of our services.
 
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