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October 10, 2016

Morocco: Magical Marrakech, Toubkal & Merzouga

Our friends want to hike up to Mount Kilimanjaro. In addition, we happen to know a place to exercise, the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Therefore, we packed our bags and headed to South Morocco.

Day 1: we started slowly. We booked a very nice riad in the Medina of Marrakech and relaxed for the next days to com.

Day 2: we headed from Marrakech to Imlil. Here we found our hotel just at the trail we wanted to hike. We unpacked, walked around a bit and where amazed by the beauty of the Imlil valley.

Day 3: we started the tour to the summit of Toubkal. One of the hiking party just joined to Sidi Chamarouckh. The rest continued to the CAF refuge. It’s magnificent. You’ll be speechless. The size of things, the views, and the wildlife you’ll see. Beautiful!

Day 4: Hike from refuge CAF to the summit of Toubkal. Stay there for a little bit if time and day light allow. Then hike back to the CAF refuge.

Day 5: Hike back from the CAF refuge to Imlil. Finish your three-day tour to Toubkal in the tranquil Imlil valley. After we didn’t stay in Imlil, we headed back to Marrakech.

Day 6: A relaxing day in Marrakech. Walking through the median, eating local snacks, watching life go by at Jemee el Fna and preparing for part 2 of our amazing week.

Day 7: Get up early, throw your baggage in the car and drive. Today we drove to the magnificent: Aït ben Haddou, Ouarzazate and Boumalne de Dades. Tip: get to know your driver and guide instead of your fellow passengers. If you want something, change the route, watch something special, and need to make some arrangements? They can help you.

Day 8: Get up early for a tour in the Thinghir valley and visit Todra de Gorge before heading to Merzouga. Once in Merzouga we changed our van for a camel. What an impressive trip, just shake trough the dunes to Erg Chebbi to see the magnificent sunset. We slept in the Sahara, under the stars. Amazing!

Day 9: After enjoying the Sahara sunrise, we headed back to the hotel for a quick shower and breakfast. After we had to drive back from Merzouga to Marrakech. A very long day, driving XXXX kilometers. However, they will be exiting, beautiful, fun kilometers.

Day 10: our last day we had no plans. Just relax, walk into the medina, have a nice siesta. Off course end with a delicious diner to close of this amazing holiday. Tired but satisfied we looked back on a great week. And quietly the plans for a next trip to Morocco are made.

Thank you Amazing Morocco!
Until the next time!

N.