Ourika valley day trip is the best and the closest day trip from Marrakech, due to its many waterfalls and wondeful nature, it is a very popular day-trip destination from Marrakech , the Ourika valley spreads between the first foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Despite it being so close to Marrakech, this beautiful lush green valley is definitely one of the best preserved valleys in Morocco. At about 64km from Marrakech, the village lays at the end of the road, but an offroad (to Timichi) and then a mule track continues up the valley to pass to Tacheddirt and Oukaimeden, which has the best skiing startion in Morocco and interesting prehistoric rock carvings. The path also continues through the mountain to Imlil and Toubkal, making it a useful starting/finishing point for trekkers. So this day trip to the picturesque village of Ourika will allow you to experience some of the beauty of the North African countryside without sacrificing the comforts of your hotel or riad. Going arround the valley takes a bit of effort and good shoes and comfy clothes, there is a little bit of climbing rocks here and there to reach all the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma . All treks are led and supervised by qualified and experienced guides and mule handlers, drawn from the local populace. You will also be crossing many berber bridges to get from one side of the valley to the other, a great spot to catch some wonderful panoramic pictures !! Despite it being close to Marrakech, Ourika valley is still inhabited by berber villagers living in a traditional lifestyle that can be considered “unspoiled”.
OURIKA VALLEY MARRAKECH DAY TRIP DESCRIPTION:
Your Ourika valley day trip starts at 09am from your accommodation in Marrakech. The Ourika Valley is a short drive from Marrakech in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. We will take the road along the valley of Ourika, then you enter through a succession of clinging to mountain villages. stop see wonderful landscapes full of vibrant colours as we move through the hillsides. Our first stop will be in a traditional house of a Berber family who live in the valley. The familly often open their home to visitors who wish to enjoy their surroundings, the family will offer us tea and serve us their local breakfast which consists of bread, honey, butter and olive oil. Ourika day trip from Marrakech will give you the chanceride camels for half hour deeper in the valley. Later on we will continue our to reach Setti Fatma a favorite weekend destination for many Moroccans. Highly appreciated for its beautiful streams and 7 waterfalls, beautiful mountains, green valleys. You will explore a region which still practice a medieval agricultural tradition. Walk around the valley to take photos of the views of green terraces, surrounding Atlas mountains, rocky villages and the seven waterfalls that surround the village or hike with a local guid to the first waterfall. After the hike we go back for lunch in a nice restaurant with a beautiful view over the mountains, lunch will be composed of variety of Moroccan dishes (Vegetarians are welcome). Return to Marrakech at 05pm.
- Ourika valley day trip from Marrakech with english speaking driver
- Pick-up from your hotel, riad, or accommodation in Marrakech.
- Drop off at your hotel, riad or accommodation in Marrakech
- Duration : 8am – 6pm
- Maximal group size: 6 people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide
- Transport: 4×4 Toyota Tx Prado or minivan
OURIKA DAY TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
- Drive the scenic roads of the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains
- See Berber villages and houses clinging to the side of hills
- Possibility to Visit a weekly Berber market of Ourika valley (Monday and Thursday only)
- Hike with a local guid to the first waterfall of Setti Fatma