Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride
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- Duration options: 10 hours - 1 day
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.
At 238 kilometers (148 miles) to the west from Marrakech, it takes approximately three hours by car or bus tour to reach Agadir.
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.
About 190 kilometers (118 miles) west of Marrakech, the trip to Essaouira usually takes two hours and forty minutes by car or bus.
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.
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.
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.
The trip takes approximately 40 minutes by bus or car from the city to reach Lalla Takerkoust Lake.
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.
Imouzzer is approximately 233 kilometers (145 miles) southwest of Marrakech, taking approximately three hours to reach by car or tour bus.
Unfortunately, traveling to the west of Marrakech or to the Atlas Mountains by train is not possible.
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.
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.
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.
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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It was a very relaxing and interesting journey. Everything was organized perfectly. Driver Aziz picked me in time. Gide Lahcen was super, he gave a lot of details about the history and about the current situation in the region. He was very helpful and answered all the questions. The Ouzoud waterfalls are amazing. I definitely recommend this excursion.
Brilliant experience. Our driver Abdul spoke good English and was very helpful. Our guide Ibrahim was brilliant too. Very humble man. Wife couldn't do the climbing so he arranged for a horse/mule (110MAD paid to the mule owner for the whole day). Very tasty tagine lunch. Good English speaking guide was extremely useful. Highly recommended.
The local travel provider Marakesh Travel services helped with the mixup of our tickets. The driver and the van was exceptional. Anas the camel rider made us little camel souvenirs which was a nice touch.
Great tour that gives an outstanding view of the landscape. Cliffs to jump and several places to swim in the waterfalls. Great lunch wit view on the waterfalls.
The guide was excellent ,the tribal clothes were comfortable and protected us from sun’s rays. It was a great experience.