Wanted a trip to escape the winter gloom in Europe (UK) but at the same time did not want to spend too much or venture too far. The trip involved a 3 of days in Marakkech and about 5 days in the mountains. Initially was sceptical about travelling in January given it was winter in Morocco. However the trip was great and the weather perfect! Was sunny and pleasant in the day allowing us to do plenty without getting too hot or bothered
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Living in the village gite where things were basic and simple.
Exodus has a very responsible role within Tighza by providing for villagers. For us this created a nice enviroment where as tourist we were priviledged to live and visit this small village without the feeling of being too intrusive.
The views during the walks were probably the most inspirational !
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Yahya was a fantastic guide. Genuine person. Always helpful and friendly. Able to explain about morocco and enlighten on Berbor life.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Marrakech in the evenings is a little chilly but only to the extent of a jumper/ sweater.
The mountains- light jumper in the day. However on the walks which ascends up to 2700m, one needs a warm waterproof jacket and good comfortable waterproof walking boots (as though you were visiting a ski resort).
Morocco is a developing country. Tourist may sometimes dismay or feel shocked at things like the traffic, slightly mad taxi driving, hassle in souks, haggling down prices of hourse carriage rides, rubbish/ poverty in the old town streets etc. I felt a little like this on the first day. However once I realised that we are in North Africa, this is the way it is and the whole point to visiting an exotic place; the holiday proved to be a truly wonderful enlightening experience.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Haggle all the time. Taxi's from airport to Marrakech are about 100 Dirhams. Calleche rides (horse carriages) are also about 100. The asking price usually starts at 250.
Also if looking for a hammam, the is a significant difference between a spa type place in a luxury hotel and a public one frequented by locals. The later is much cheaper and the real way, but its definately not for the faint hearted!!