Morocco: Venturing Past Camels, Souks and Snake Charmers

Tucked away in North Africa is the exotic destination of Morocco.  It is best known for its imperial cities like Marrakech, Fez, the Mediterranean city of Tangier, and of course the famous Casablanca.  A visit to Casablanca wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Rick’s Café, inspired by the original gin joint, for a bit of Bogie nostalgia.  Most travelers are familiar with the aroma of Moroccan food lingering in the air over bustling souks and medinas that sell local goods such as hand-woven rugs, woodworks, slippers, pottery and fabrics, while snake charmers entertain nearby.

Beyond the walled cities are other well-known areas like the Atlas Mountains, the beaches and the Sahara desert, where camel trekking in the Erg Chebbi on Dromedary camels is something to be experienced.  But amongst the familiar sights are quite a few outdoor distractions to add some spice to what the cities offer.  Morocco is not only a haven for culture it is a desert oasis for the adventurous.

Trekking through the cedar forests and past Berber villages will lead hikers on a non-technical route to the highest peak in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal.  The snow capped summit sits at 13,671 ft. and has a spectacular view of the Atlas Mountain range.  This mountain range has enough varied terrain with its meadows, plateaus and gorges to keep mountain bikers of all levels quite challenged.  With all this natural rock there are several rock climbing areas to explore.

In the middle of the Atlas Mountains runs the Ahansel River that rushes to Bin El Ouidane Lake and is the place to be for some serious whitewater rafting and kayaking.  Travel from the mountains to the coast of the Atlantic and you will find the year-round wind conditions of Essaouira and Agadir ideal for kiteboarding and surfing.

Get on your boots, grab some of their deliciously famous mint tea and discovering the more adventurous side of Morocco.

Submit a comment