Big south - Sahatours

8 days route. Big South

This route will allow us to get to the depth of the Big Sur, where we will discover the desert in a pure state, and know the lifestyle and the rich Berber culture.

From Marrakech, the red city and the capital of the south, we will take the route to the high Atlas crossing the port of Tuchka 2260m. Following by the south, visiting the spectacular Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and famous for having been the scene in many movies, a lost place on time. Passing through the plateau of Ouarzazate we take the thousand Kashbas route across the Skoura palm grove, the Roses Valley, Todra and Dades Gorges until arrive to the desert door, which will lead up us to the Erg Chebbi golden dunes in Merzouga.

 

Day 1- MARRAKECH

Pick up at the airport of Marrakech. Transfer to the Riad. Visit Jemma el Fna square and the medina, the heart of the city. A unique experience, where is concentrated the whole life and the night activity: dancers, storytellers, jugglers, craftsmen, traders and snake charmers. From the some cafes terraces is achieved a wide panorama of the city: mosques and minarets, palaces and gardens, souks and bazaars. Dinner and accommodation


Day 2- MARRAKECH , NKOB

We cross the high atlas, crossing the T'ichka port to 2260mts of height, stopping to admire the scenery and take pictures because it is one of the most spectacular routes in Morocco. There we change the Marrakech vegetation with palm forest views and the north face of the mountains, by the aridity of the south, and we begin to see the first villages of adobe of the Berbers in the slopes of mountains. After crossing Ouarzazate city, the desert door; we continue through the Draa Valley, reaching Nkob, at the Jbel Sagrho foot, where we spend the night. Dinner and overnight at the hotel with palm grove views.


Day 3- NKOB , TAZZARINE , ERFOUD , MERZOUGA

We begin the journey by the Saghro Mountains, a chain of mountains of stone formation located in the pre-desert, with little vegetation, dotted only with small oasis, such as Tazarine and Alnif, with gloomy and beautiful scenery along the route. We arrive to Erfoud where we make a brief stop before I get into the Sahara, and then continue up to Merzouga, where we stay in a luxury hostel near the dunes. Accommodation and welcome dinner to the rhythm of the Berbers drums


Day 4- MERZOUGA , ERG CHEBBI

Today we have all day to delve into the golden dunes, visit the fossils rocks from the area and the nomads living in the surrounding area. We take the tea with them to soak us of their culture and lifestyle; we will visit Khamlia, the black’s village, where we go to a typical and exotic Sudani show. Around 16h we leave, on dromedaries, to see the wonderful sunset in the desert. We spend the night in Haimas Berbers to not miss the spectacle of watching the starry sky. Accommodation and dinner with typical Berber music in the camp.


Day 5- MERZOUGA , ERG CHEBBI, RISSANI

We get up early to enjoy the morning and visit Rissani, the last important city before reaching the border with Algeria, with a traditional market where we can admire local trade mainly of animals, such as the famous market of donkeys. Also visit the fossil quarry and we return to camp to eat the typical Berber freshly made pizza. Free rest afternoon to relax or if prefer to walk by the immensity of the dunes. Farewell dinner in the desert.


Day 6- MERZOUGA -THE DADES GORGES - THE ROSES VALLEY - OUARZAZATE - AIT BEN HADDOU

Breakfast. We say goodbye dunes and go toward Erfoud where we start the route to Tineghir and Todra, there we make a brief stop to visit their gorges until arrive to the Boumaln city, where also formed another gorges called the Dades. Once the city of Ouarzazate, located atop a large plateau, we enter to the called Mil Kasbahs route.

We go to the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, the fortified village (ksor) best preserved and declared World Heritage site by UNESCO, as well as the scene of many films. Dinner and accommodation.


Day 7 - AIT BEN HADDOU - TICHKA PORT (2260 m) - MARRAKECH

Breakfast. Again we have to cross the Tizi-n-Tichka. Arrival at Marrakech. Free day and the last supper together. Accommodation in Riad. Those who want it can visit the medina and DJemma el Fna square again.


Day 8- MARRAKECH

Depend of flight departure time can seize the day for last-minute purchases and finish to visit somewhere in Marrakech. Transfer to the airport at the scheduled time and end of services.



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