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From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

1. From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

Embark on a full-day tour to the Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech. Learn about Berber culture as you explore the land. Descend winding trails and admire stunning views of the falls on a boat ride. Begin with pickup from your hotel or riad, before departing for one of the most spectacular waterfalls in North Africa, located 93 miles (150 km) north of Marrakech. Upon arrival in the village of Ouzoud, admire views of the cascades that plunge 360 feet (110 meters) into the pool below. Follow your local guide through olive tree groves to an argan oil co-operative and learn about Berber culture.  Continue down a network of trails to a viewpoint where you can buy fresh orange juice. Board a traditional boat for a short ride on the pool at the bottom of the waterfalls. Then, enjoy a Berber lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the falls. After, take 20 minutes of free time to take pictures, admire the views, or explore the souvenir stalls. In the mid-afternoon, climb a series of stairs for your transfer back to Marrakech.

Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

2. Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech in the comfort of an air-conditioned car and into the nearby endless desert. From here, embark on a thrilling tour of Jbilets Desert, known for its attractive lighting, on a quad bike. Slip away as you explore the fascinating history and culture in this unique area with your local guide. Only 30 minutes from the center of Marrakech, experience the real Morocco and get to know the locals. Discover the Jbilets desert area and take in the views of the Atlas Mountains. Visit a little village to stretch your legs, sip hot tea, and enjoy Berber hospitality. At this point, the guides will be happy to show some of the best tracks and spots in the area. On request, this excursion can also be tailored to suit you and your party’s tastes for exploration and adventure. Opt for program explanations, equipment briefing, and training for driving the quads to ensure maximum safety during trips.

1-Hour Camel Ride and 2-Hour Quad Bike Ride in Marrakech

3. 1-Hour Camel Ride and 2-Hour Quad Bike Ride in Marrakech

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a half-day adventure tour just a few minutes from the city center. Drive out to the desert for a peaceful camel ride followed by a thrilling quad bike ride, learning about local culture and customs from your guide. Experience the desert from the back of a camel. Known as the “Ships of the Desert,” these remarkable animals offer a relaxing way to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Palmeraie in the palm groves of Marrakech. Once you’ve found your balance and got used to the rhythmic motion a camel makes, break for mint tea refreshments with a Berber family. There will be plenty of time for some fun photos and a chance to get to know your camel better. Then, drive into the Moroccan countryside for a fun-packed quad bike adventure. Follow your guide into the rugged terrain and experience the beauty of the contrasting landscapes around the palm groves from a new perspective.

Marrakech: Sunset Desert Quad Bike Tour with Dinner

4. Marrakech: Sunset Desert Quad Bike Tour with Dinner

See the Agafay desert up close with a guided quad bike tour, a traditional meal in a Berber Tent, and fresh mint tea around a warm fire. Head out of the city with your fellow-quad bikers, admiring the view of Jamaa Lafna Square and the New City (Gueliz). At the quad station, pick up your helmets and glasses to stay safe while adventuring. Learn from experienced quad bikers how to ride your quad, and get an in-depth briefing on your itinerary for the evening. Before beginning your adventure, spend some time getting the hang of your quad bike in a large field. Ask your friendly instructors any questions about riding technique or your upcoming drive. Once you feel comfortable on your new bike, follow your guides on a journey through the stunning Morrocan dunes. Midway through your ride, take a well-earned rest to admire the gorgeous view of the towering Atlas Mountains in the distance. End your ride back at the quad station, where you can clean off the sand and dust with an innovative wind machine. Snap a photo of the beautiful Agafay desert from the terrasse while your meal is prepared. Next, enter a traditional Berber tent and enjoy an authentic Moroccan meal in a beautiful setting. After eating your fill, relax under the starry night skies with a glass of hot fresh mint tea, warmed by a crackling fire. Finish your tour of the Agafay desert with a return trip through the dunes back to Marrakech.

Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

5. Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a full-day tour to the dramatic Ouzoud Falls, located near the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt in the province of Azilal. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, transfer to the Ouzoud Falls by air-conditioned minibus. Along the way, marvel at the traditional towns and typical Berber villages of the Grand Atlas, and pass through the shade of ancient olive trees as you approach the waterfalls. Upon arrival at Ouzoud, after an approximate 3-hour drive, enjoy about 4 hours at the cascades to soak up nature. Look out for the resident monkeys, and take a swim in the crystal clear waters. Upgrade your tour to include an optional boat ride here. After a relaxing afternoon, depart for the return transfer to Marrakech, with an estimated arrival of 6 PM.

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

6. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

Gain a deeper understanding of Berber culture as you embark on an unforgettable guided scenic day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Encounter enchanting countryside, get the chance to take a ride on a camel or horse, and meet locals in the villages of the Imlil Valley.  Start your day with pickup and meet your friendly local guide, who lives in one of the surrounding Berber villages. During your journey to the Atlas Mountains region, your guide will tell you about the rich culture and heritage of the Berber people. Arrive in Tahnaout and visit a women-managed argan oil co-operative. Discover how the argan nut is pressed to make the famed argan oil products of Morocco. Receive a warm welcome in Imlil with a glass of mint tea before traveling past stunning waterfalls and small Berber settlements. Pause in Tamatert to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Feast on a traditional Moroccan meal in Ait Souka at the home of a Berber family. Relax with scenic valley views from a sun-bathed rooftop terrace.  After some rest, board your vehicle and travel through the scenic Kik Plateau, with spectacular 360-degree views. Gaze in awe at the magnificent High Atlas Mountains as you pass through stone desert, barren light brown plateaus, oases, and rolling hills. Enjoy the serene surroundings of the Agafay Desert where you can take an optional camel or horse ride. Or, simply relax with some Moroccan mint tea for the perfect end to your day, before heading back to Marrakech.

Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

7. Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakesh. Head south towards the vast Agafay Desert, admiring the changing landscape along the way as the city gives way to luscious greenery. Arrive at the large village of Imlil located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, then pass through the incredible Kik Plateau. Next, embark on a 30-minute camel ride and soak up views of the surrounding landscapes. After your ride, enjoy a relaxing tea break and learn about local Berber culture, as well as their traditions, history, and way of life. Pass through several Berber villages on your way to the Amizmiz Valley, then arrive at Tinirt Village where you can have lunch at a traditional Berber house. After lunch, continue the tour to the Great Plain of Haouz, passing through the village of Ouled Mataa which was originally inhabited by Bedouin Arab tribes from the desert. The day ends with a tour of the Agafay Desert, where you can take incredible photos for your holiday album, and marvel at the rugged Moroccan landscape that surrounds you. After an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Marrakesh, arriving back at your accommodation.

Marrakech: Classic Balloon Flight

8. Marrakech: Classic Balloon Flight

Just one hour away from the legendary Jemaa El Fna Square, your hot-air balloon will fly over the beautiful countryside, letting you see the amazing contrast between Morocco’s urban and rural areas. After an early morning pickup from your hotel in Marrakech, you will drive 45 minutes out of the city to the balloon launch site. Here you will receive a full pre-flight safety briefing and have a chance to watch the launch team prepare the balloon for departure. Once in the air, your journey will cover a distance between 9 and 15 miles (15-25 km), depending on the wind speed, taking you over a local village and the picturesque surrounding areas. The flight will last one hour, and after a gradual descent back to land, you will be taken to the village for mint tea and home-baked bread at a local Berber household. Following tea and bread, you will be taken back to Marrakesh and dropped off at your hotel. See a new side of Morocco on this exciting trip, and see how traveling a few kilometers outside of Marrakesh can take you back in time more than 2,000 years!

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour

9. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & 5 Valleys Day Tour

Depart from Marrakech in a small-group or private tour to the Atlas Mountains in the company of an experienced, English-speaking guide, heading to the Ourika Valley, which is about a 1-hour drive from Marrakech and famous for its waterfalls. Visit the waterfalls after a 1.5-hour walk with a mountain guide and spectacular views of different landscapes as far as the eye can see. Visit Berber women extracting Argan oil, which is unique to Morocco. Continue through the Oukaimden Valley, taking a secluded mountain road and passing through traditional Berber villages built from adobe and stones. Discover the authentic life of Berber people and enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical Berber house with an amazing view over Sidi Fares Valley. After that, visit the Asni valley, famous for its apple, walnut, almond and peach trees and enjoy the sight of the snowy summits of the Atlas Mountains. This thrilling tour concludes with a drive back to Marrakech passing by the fifth valley, Tahnaout, arriving at approximately 17:00 PM.

Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad & Camel Tour with Dinner

10. Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad & Camel Tour with Dinner

Enjoy camel riding and quad biking in the Moroccan desert on an action-packed day trip from Marrakesh. Take in the views of the desert and experience Berber hospitality with a traditional meal. Take advantage of pickup from your hotel, and head for the base camp for a meeting with all of your crew. Your crew leader will begin by explaining the itinerary of your tour. Then, meet your guide and don a nomadic outfit for a scenic camel ride across the desert. Ride across the desert on your camel. Then, clamber onto a quad bike and find a vantage point to enjoy the unique beauty of sunset in the Agafay Desert. Relax and enjoy the views as well as the authentic Moroccan hospitality. Finish your day by sitting under a Berber tent to admire the clear sky and its stars. as a tasty traditional meal is served.

Frequently asked questions about Marrakech Day Trips

What are other things to do than Day Trips that are worth visiting in Marrakech?

The other unmissable things to do in Marrakech are:

5 best day trips from Marrakech

Day trip to Agadir

1. Day trip to Agadir

An excellent beach escape, Agadir is a popular destination for surfing, shopping, and more. Morocco’s main port city is filled with low-rise modernist architecture and is home to the world’s largest sardine harbor. For a bit of history and some of the best views in the city, visit the legendary Kasbah fortress. When you’re not busy eating traditional beef-stuffed flatbreads, explore some of the city’s fascinating and diverse religious sites like the Mohammed B Mosque, St. Ann Church, and Beth El Synagogue.

How far is Agadir from Marrakech?

At 238 kilometers (148 miles) to the west from Marrakech, it takes approximately three hours by car or bus tour to reach Agadir.

Day trip to Essaouira

2. Day trip to Essaouira

Two hours from Marrakech, laid-back bohemian vibes permeate Morocco’s breezy coastal town of Essaouira. Marvel at the city’s historic Portuguese architecture, distinctive blue and white buildings, and walled medina. Visitors can roam the port and watch fishermen unload their boats for a daily fish auction. History buffs will love the Skala du Port, the 16th-century defensive ramparts that once guarded the region attacks from the sea. For a peaceful afternoon, visit Essaouira’s stretch of breezy, golden beaches and enjoy fresh-caught fish at a nearby restaurant.

How far is Essaouira from Marrakech?

About 190 kilometers (118 miles) west of Marrakech, the trip to Essaouira usually takes two hours and forty minutes by car or bus.

3. Day trip to High Atlas Mountains

Remote and ethereal, the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains are an ideal destination for those looking to explore the natural beauty of the country. The villages of Imlil Valley and Ouirgane are both great starting points for exploring Toubkal National Park and Toubkal Mountain, the highest summit in North Africa at 6,563 feet (4167 meters). On your descent, venture to see the traditional stone and clay homes and terraces of Ait Oucheg Valley. At the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma, learn about medicinal plants and local birdlife.

How far are the High Atlas Mountains from Marrakech?

About two hours’ drive either in a rental car, hired taxi, or tour bus to reach the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains 57 miles (91 km) from Marrakech.

4. Day trip to Agafay Desert

Less than an hour outside of Marrakech, the Agafay Desert is a closer alternative for those who might want to travel to the Sahara Desert or the Erg Chebbi Dunes. You’ll pass fragrant eucalyptus forests and hidden canyons on your journey before seeing the desert’s dunes. After you explore the rocky plains, admire Lalla Takerkoust Lake from a shady café with a cup of mint tea. If you have time, drive to Turtle Valley and see the neighboring Marrkchi Desert.

How far is Agafay Desert from Marrakech?

The trip takes approximately 40 minutes by bus or car from the city to reach Lalla Takerkoust Lake.

5. Day trip to Imouzzer

A stunningly beautiful and isolated Berber town in the middle of the Atlas Mountains, Imouzzer can only be reached via steep mountain roads. Walk through the streets, chat with locals, and shop for the region’s famous goods: almonds, honey, and argan oil. Leave town to explore the surrounding jungle and stumble upon one of its abundant waterfalls. On the way back to Marrakech, follow Jimi Hendrix’s path with a stop at Paradise Valley to appreciate the natural splendor.

How far is Imouzzer from Marrakech?

Imouzzer is approximately 233 kilometers (145 miles) southwest of Marrakech, taking approximately three hours to reach by car or tour bus.

Marrakech Day Trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

The area immediately around Marrakech has limited public bus and train service. In many cases, your best option is to rent a car or join a bus tour.
  • • Marrakech day trips by train

    Unfortunately, traveling to the west of Marrakech or to the Atlas Mountains by train is not possible.

  • • Marrakech day trips by bus

    Local bus service can be used to reach Agadir, Essaouira, Imouzzer, parts of the High Atlas Mountains, and the nearby Agafay Desert, but is often limited and infrequent. Bus tours are a good alternative to reach these day trip destinations.

  • • Marrakech day trips by car

    Renting a car is an ideal way to explore outside of Marrakech. With so much to see and do around the country, you can set your own pace to soak in the culture along the way or tackle multiple destinations in a day with ease.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

If you want to see the unknown parts of a city or simply want somebody to plan the details of your trip, nothing beats taking a guided tour. Whether you visit Agadir along the Atlantic Ocean or the villages of the High Atlas Mountains, having a local expert guide can provide you with more in-depth experience of the local culture and history than you’d get on your own.

What should I pack for my day trip?

Packing for your day trip will depend on where you visit around Marrakech. In all cases, you should dress comfortably and expect to do a lot of walking or hiking, so wear sturdy shoes. If you plan on visiting a mosque, dress modestly and make sure your shoulders and knees are covered. In fact, it’s a good idea to do as the locals do and dress modestly wherever you go in Morocco. If you’re traveling to the coast, bring a bathing suit and towel. When traveling into the mountains, expect climate changes, so carrying a light jacket makes sense.

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What people are saying about Marrakech

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Abdul was amazing! I must add everyone I liased with was extremely punctual and ensured comfortability right from pick up, through the experience and until we were dropped off. It was lovely to be picked up on time by Lahcen, we were initially taken on a beautiful journey through Marrakesh and then towards the Berber villages. Abdul, our tour guide, then took us through to visit a wonderful set of women who showed us more about Argan oil and it's many uses, a zip-line around the Atlas Mountains, his hometown and then the beautiful waterfall that surrounded it. I honestly couldn't have planned a better day if I did it myself. What an experience! Wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

Best tour. The tour guide Said is a young man who is most devoted to his trade. The consummate host, he looked after us with his personal brand of hospitality which included serving us our food, being our hiking guide in addition to being our personal holiday planner. This tour took us to the most picturesque waterfall and for those who hiked all the way, we we’re rewarded with the most delicious freshly squeezed blood orange juice right at the source! This moderately priced tour included a most deliciously targine lunch served in a spectacular restaurant with jaw dropping views. Highly recommended. Thank you Said.

The entire experience was absolutely amazing from start to finish. SAÏD is a very knowledgeable guy and really friendly, hope to see him soon. If you book somewhere else you will really regret it, trust me. Berber breakfast and lunch provided along with water and mint tea. Everything was incredible.

My favourite part of my Marrakech trip! Saïd is an excellent, charismatic guide- perfect amount of time in each location, always engaging and eye-opening. Please don’t hesitate to book!

Great day trip, Saïd our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Got to see a lot of sights and the camel riding was really fun