Atlas Mountain day tour from Marrakech
Experience traditional Moroccan life and stunning scenery on a day trip from Marrakech to three famous valleys in the Atlas Mountains. Explore the lovely waterfalls in Ourika Valley, see traditional Berber villages made of adobe and stone in Oukaimeden Valley, and delight in the fruit orchards of Asni Valley. Discover more captivating scenery by continuing on to beautiful Takerkoust Lake and the limestone Kik Plateau.
After morning pickup from your Marrakech hotel or riad, travel with your small group in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle or minivan through the majestic Atlas Mountains. Admire towering snow-topped peaks on your 1-hour drive to Ourika Valley. This lush valley’s waterfalls are a lovely counterpoint to the surrounding landscape and the guided visit will help you to fully explore the waterfalls. Afterward, continue to a local women’s cooperative to watch women extracting Argan oil (a famous Moroccan oil) and visit a bioaromatic garden filled with decorative and medical plants.
Continue on to the second valley of your trip, Oukaimeden Valley. Follow a secluded mountain road at an elevation of 5,900 feet (1,800 meters), passing traditional Berber villages with houses made of adobe and stone. For lunch (own expense), visit a local restaurant or take the amazing opportunity to have an authentic experience of the Berber culture by savoring a lunch of Moroccan salad or soup, Berber tagine with couscous, dessert and drinks with a local family.
Afterward, head toward the Asni Valley, nestled high in the Atlas Mountains. Marvel at Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in northern Africa at 13,665 feet (4,165 meters). Have your camera ready to take pictures of the acres of apple, walnut, peach and almond trees in Asni Valley.
At this point, head back to Marrakech or, if you’ve chosen the extended option, continue your journey into the Moroccan countryside for another hour. Travel to Takerkoust Lake, a serene sapphire-blue artificial lake popular with locals. Then, pass wheat fields and villages on your way to the Kik Plateau, a distinctive limestone outcropping in the Atlas Mountains that offers wonderful views of the lush valleys below. Return to Marrakech and conclude your thrilling journey through Morocco’s countryside with drop-off at your hotel or riad in the evening.
- Day trip to three scenic valleys from Marrakech with the option to also visit Takerkoust Lake and the Kik Plateau
- Get away from the hustle-bustle of Marrkech to the stunning Atlas Mountains and witness traditional Moroccan life
- Admire the many waterfalls in Ourika Valley and see native women extract Argan oil
- See traditional Berber villages in Oukaimeden Valley and take the opportunity to dine with a local family
- Pass acres of almond, peach and walnut trees in Asni Valley
- Extend your adventure with a visit to idyllic Takerkoust Lake and the distinctive Kik Plateau
- Small-group tour limited to 7 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide
Why we Chose This Tour
Taking a day to explore the stunning scenery of the Atlas Mountains is a highlight of any trip to Marrakech. You get to see how different life is in the villages of the valleys and what a truly beautiful country Morocco is!
- Transport by air-conditioned 4×4 or minivan
- Guided visit to the Ourika Valley waterfalls
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A minimum of two people are required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is only one person booked onto the tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- Good walking shoes are recommended especially for the waterfalls
- If you choose to have lunch with a Berber family, the cost will be approximately 14 euros per person
- A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended.