A nice mix of city and country with minimal time on a bus. The walking is at a relaxed pace on uneven ground. There are a few hills and some small streams to cross using stepping stones.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Looking down on the rock coloured villages with their green fields and trees between barren looking hills. Seeing the goatherds sitting out alone in those hills watching their flocks.
In the city the Medersa is a must see if you have any liking for Islamic architecture. The souk is calm as souks go, the light streaming in strips through the roof onto the colours of the stalls was beautiful.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Clearly an experienced group leader, organised but relaxed. He understands the English well and has a very English turn of phrase.
He judged the weather well and adjusted the order of the walks so that we went on the longer walk to the lake on a sunny day and then had a short morning walk and did the visit to the local kasbah owners for tea when it was wet and blustery.
He kept a very steady walking pace on all days. He provided information on the local plants and rocks if people were interested.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This trip is the easiest walking trip in Morrocco. For a healthy active person it will be relaxing outdoor holiday. However parts would be challenging if you are not sure of your balance on uneven terrain as the ground can be slippy due to the makeup of the rocks and soil, there are stepping stones to cross streams and there is one fairly short but narrow ledge to walk along.
Weather wise we were lucky. The advice to bring clothes for all types of weather at the end of October is valid. The torch is for the longest walk - just in case your group does not get back before dark. Their days get shorter too.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
- I loved all the tea, especially the absinthe tea in the afternoons! There was always an extra pot if requested - even at lunchtime. The lunches on walking days were very tasty. The food at the gite is fresh and healthy. The lunch stop in Telouet was good. Juice and coffee at the stop (each way) in Taddart are lovely.
If you are veggie go for the berber omelette (tomato and onion filling) rather than couscous legume (4/4 people did not like it) at the lunch stop on the way back to Marrakesh. The people who ate meat said their lunch was good.
On one day another exodus group was staying in the gite and doing the same walk. This meant there were 27 tourists and 2 guides on the same track. This was too many for such a quiet place.