The best of Morocco in a week staying in comfortable riads
The 'Pink City' of Marrakech sits just north of the High Atlas Mountains which provide a magnificent backdrop to this exotic city. We explore the medina, the palace walls, museums and gardens as well as wandering through the busy souks. A night time visit to the colourful Djemaa el Fna is not to be missed.
Leisurely walks in the High Atlas Mountains offer the opportunity to visit Berber villages and gain an understanding of the life of these hospitable mountain people. We complete the week in style with charming Essaouira, where we stay in a traditional riad. Here, we discover the fascinating medina and enjoy free time for lunch at the fish stalls by the harbour and take a walk (or a camel ride!) along the long sandy beach.
This trip offers a wonderful insight into three very different aspects of this vibrant and colourful country.
Extracts magazine article about Mysteries of Morocco ...
Georgina Lawrence, Exodus' Marketing Executive, writes about the Mysteries of Morocco (January 2013).
What makes this trip responsible?
We stay in a traditional base in the High Atlas Mountains with a family who not only use local produce for all meals but also they are now able to support their own livelihood with regular visitors. Our haven in Tamatert is unique as it is completely looked after by the community, so bread is bought from the neighbour, linen is washed at a neighbour's house and a vegetable garden provides enough food for guests. Local people are all employed at Douar Samra and visitors are welcomed into this lovingly decorated house as part of the community. This trip includes some visits to local cooperatives to help keep local agriculture alive and fair. With regular training between UK leaders and local staff, we can ensure our responsible tourism practices are passed onto local leaders.
Morocco Community project
After funding a water tower for the remote village of Tijhza in 2000, we have been involved in a variety of schemes requested by the Berbers to improve their community life. With a new water pipeline system fitted in the village, every house can now enjoy running water and our funds have also stretched to paying for much-needed operations for some of the children. Our biggest achievement is the village hammam (Moroccan steam bath) that will help with important hygiene issues as well as creating a self-sustainable income.
Get involved by sending your leftover dirhams to Amanda Ceraolo in the Exodus office; donate online via our website or join a volunteer departure (Trip code: AMO) led by project founder, Andy McKee.
For more information, please see Project page.
Menara Gardens, Marrakech, Atlas Mountains behind