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From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Day Trip

1. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the Berber culture and discover breathtaking scenery on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Marrakech, enjoy a drive through the most spectacular sights in the Atlas Mountains and be amazed by the colors of the rocks. Stop at Azrou, a small Berber village and pay a visit to an argan oil women's cooperative. Take a short hike and witness the enchanting waterfalls and the surrounding valley. Later, visit the home of a local Berber family and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Feast on a delicious tagine or a savory couscous served with homemade bread and fresh salad. After lunch, head to Amizmiz Valley, where you’ll enjoy a fresh mint tea and tasty cookies. Get a glimpse of local life, learn about traditions and culture while sipping Moroccan tea together with your guide and a local family. Afterward, enjoy a scenic camel ride before heading to the Agafay desert pass. Stop at the stony dunes of Agafay to watch the breathtaking desert sunset and sip on a cup of mint tea. Enjoy some free time to relax or meditate before beginning the journey back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Full-Day Agafay Desert Quad Adventure

2. From Marrakech: Full-Day Agafay Desert Quad Adventure

This tour provides a bit of everything, from adventure to amazing mountainous landscapes and great food in a traditional Berber setting. Enjoy a full-day excursion at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. You’ll travel from your hotel or riad in Marrakech to Lalla Takerkoust Lake. Discover the beauty of this lake that stretches for 7 kilometers. Ride through wonderful eucalyptus forests and lush hidden canyons to the Agafay Desert. A Yamaha quad and all the necessary equipment (goggles, hood, helmet, and raincoat) are provided and will be in excellent condition. Your professional and attentive guide will be with you the whole day, adapting the pace and route to the level of the participants. Savor a delicious lunch prepared by a Berber family and be warmly welcomed into their home. Experience a traditional way of life that hasn't changed for hundreds of years. Cross through the Agafay Desert, admiring arid hills that look like Saharan dunes. On the return to Marrakech you’ll enjoy sublime views of the Atlas Mountains.

Agafay Desert Camel Ride with Dinner

3. Agafay Desert Camel Ride with Dinner

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and retreat to the tranquil Agafay Desert. Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the late afternoon and drive 45 minutes to reach Agafay's serene arid landscapes. Around sunset, go on a one-hour camel ride through the rocky desert with the High Atlas Mountains silhouetted against the skyline. Rely on your experienced guide and trusty camel as you traverse the routes that traders once took to reach the city. Then sit down for a typical Moroccan dinner under a sky full of stars. The meal includes a starter, main course, dessert, and mint tea. After dinner, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Marrakech.

Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

4. Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

The adventure begins with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation at 4:00 PM, then heads towards the dramatic landscapes of the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing camel ride as the sun begins to set across the desert, transforming the landscape with red tones. Or, feel the thrill of adrenaline pulse through you on an energetic quad bike ride instead. After your activity, head back to the camp for a traditional Moroccan dinner. Feast on a selection of delicacies and dishes, made from local ingredients. Then finish off with a tasty dessert and authentic mint tea, while gazing at the stars. At the end of a magical evening, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

Agafay Desert Quad Biking

5. Agafay Desert Quad Biking

Upon pick up, head for Agafay Desert, situated only 40 kilometers from Marrakech. Meet the instructor for a short safety induction, then you will be handed a helmet and other protective material to make the most of your quad bike tour through the Moroccan Desert. Set out to discover the endless fields of golden-colored land as you drive through the dirt roads and enjoying the view of the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Afterwards, continue navigating your quad bike until you come upon enormous Lalla Takerkoust Lake. Be surrounded by arid mountains reflected in the turquoise waters. Enjoy the stunning landscape during a stop on the route and enjoy a typical mint Moroccan tea. After taking numerous photographs, you will return to the starting point and be driven back to your hotel or riad.

From Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad Biking, Camels & Dinner

6. From Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad Biking, Camels & Dinner

This half-day tour offers you a first-hand experience of life in the desert with a quad bike, dromedary (also known as the Somali camel) ride, and dinner in a bivouac. To the south of Marrakech lies the Agafay Desert, offering ease of access from the city. Halfway, you'll get to experience a 1-hour quad bike ride and drive through the Berber villages to reach Lalla Takerkoust. Here, meet the local partner's camel caravan, which will allow you to enjoy the unique beauty of the sunset on the way to the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival in the Agafay desert, tuck into some freshly-prepared classic Moroccan dishes in a Berber tent (beef or chicken tagine) as you sample the Berber lifestyle. As the sun sets and dusk takes hold, the stars reveal themselves. With little artificial light, the sight is spellbinding. After a comfortable evening under the open sky and a traditional dinner, head back to Marrakech.

Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

7. Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

Discover and explore deep Berber country in the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy the landscapes of desert, valleys, villages, and open plains on a full-day trip from Marrakech.  The drive takes you first to the Agafay Desert, just south of Marrakech, where you’ll experience some dune bashing before continuing on to the Lalla Takerkoust region, making your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you’ll begin a 4x4 adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik Plateau, where you’ll drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting Berber homes, and sampling their traditional mint tea and homemade bread.  When you arrive at Imlil Village, located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, you’ll have the option of hiking for an hour to Armed village or continue to the village by 4x4. The 1-hour hike with a local guide is of moderate difficulty. In the village you’ll be served a Berber lamb tagine for lunch at a local home. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan salads and homemade bread during the meal.  After lunch and a short relaxation break, you’ll head down a gentle hill to Imlil village, where you’ll meet your driver for the 1-hour trip back to Marrakech via the Haouz plains.

From Marrakesh: Day trip to Imlil and the Atlas Mountains

8. From Marrakesh: Day trip to Imlil and the Atlas Mountains

Set out from Marrakesh to experience life in the Atlas Mountains on this tour. The Berbers have called the region home for centuries. Discover their traditions and enjoy a meal. From the mountains, descend to the desert to ride a camel over the dunes. The first stop on the tour is the city of Tahanaoute. Visit a special cooperative where Berber women produce argan oil. You’ll get to try it in a traditional breakfast along with olive oil, organic honey, and fresh bread. After your meal, learn about the Berbers’ daily life. Cross through several Berber villages before reaching Imlil, the town offers sweeping views of Toubkal and the other mountains. Begin your descent and pass through the Berber village of Asni. It’s well-known for the market it hosts on Saturdays. Spend some time in the nearby valley. The waterfalls and the surrounding mountains are great for taking pictures. After having good time with the Berbers, you will be back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Agafay Desert Sunset Tour with Camel Ride

9. From Marrakech: Agafay Desert Sunset Tour with Camel Ride

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech and travel to the Agafay desert, west of the city. The route is characterized by lush vegetation, olive and orange orchards, and small villages.  Go off-road and discover a rugged landscape and a spectacular sunset. Disconnect from civilization in the wilderness, and enjoy a camel ride as the sun goes down. Enjoy a local tea in a typical Berber tent, and discover some of the traditions of the nomadic people of the desert. After the sun sets, be returned to your accommodation in Marrakech.

From Marrakesh: Sunset Camel Ride in the Agafay Desert

10. From Marrakesh: Sunset Camel Ride in the Agafay Desert

Leave the bustling city of Marrakesh behind and drive past lush vegetation, olive and orange orchards, and through charming villages as you make your way from Marrakesh to ride camels in the Agafay desert. Journey through the earthen plateau stone desert and see traditional mud-built villages, dusty riverbeds interspersed with idyllic pastures, and light vegetation in spring. Travel by camel through this amazing landscape in order to reach a gorgeous spot with stunning panoramic views where you will have the chance to stop for mint tea with some locals. Watch the sunset over the stone desert and learn more about the local Berber culture on this desert tour.

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What people are saying about Agafay Desert

Perfect is an understatement to describe the day we had. I’d read a lot of reviews before booking and none really captured how vast and great the day would be - we did, ate and saw everything that was possible to really get an understating of Berber life, and met the loveliest people as a bonus! As a guide, Mohamed is 5*, I couldn’t fault one thing; from his contestant enthusiasm, checking in on the tour group, to his knowledge and warmth for his community and people in the Berber community, it made for a very special trip that I know myself and my mum will remember forever - it’s the best thing we’ve done in Marrakech by far! Thank you to Mohamed for the day, I couldn’t fault one thing and would HIGHLY, highly recommend.

Driver who picks us up friendly kind and very attentive to our needs Tour with quads perfect and unexpected but pleasant stop for a "tea in the desert" excellent and with a spectacular view Tour with the dromedary at sunset made it even more magical Finally dinner typical Berber tasty and made even more pleasant by the hospitality of the hosts. I recommend it !!!

Great activity! Mohamed potato and chawi gave us a great experience at the Atlas mountains and around traditional villages, providing us with info about the area's history and traditions. Highly recommended!

The experience was amazing , the people was very kind with us and we are very greatful for Hamid’s hospitality, he was an excellent guide. I recommend doing this experience with him.

Everything went great, it was a wonderful experience