High Atlas Mountains

High Atlas Mountains

While Morocco is a country of incredible diversity, from the sea to the desert, it’s the mountains that take pride of place, accounting for over a quarter of the country’s total surface area! When you think of mountains, one name immediately springs to mind: the Atlas, named after the sacred place where the eponymous giant was condemned by Zeus to support the vault of heaven. This spectacular plateau of the world is well worth exploring. We invite you to venture into these breathtaking landscapes and contemplate the beauty of this mythical barrier that separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Sahara Desert!

From Marrakech, you have easy access to the magnificent High Atlas. Nearby, you can spend a day in the Orica Valley.

To the north of the Atlas massif, you’ll have the opportunity to drive along small roads offering spectacular scenery. If you’re looking for an authentic experience, this is the ideal time to discover charming little Berber villages, where the houses cling to the sides of the mountains. You can immerse yourself in local craftsmanship by visiting a Berber market or exploring a women’s argan oil cooperative.

Spend some time admiring the beauty of the landscape, meeting the friendly locals and immersing yourself in Berber culture. The Orica valley is also full of impressive natural sites, such as waterfalls and botanical gardens, which are well worth a visit.

By planning this day trip from Marrakech, you can discover the hidden treasures of the High Atlas and enjoy an enriching experience exploring Berber villages, soaking up local crafts and getting up close to the surrounding nature.

To get the most out of this excursion, we strongly recommend you travel by air-conditioned car, accompanied by a guide if possible. The Orica valley, where the waterfalls are located, is easily accessible from Marrakech and offers magnificent scenery along the way.

Once there, be prepared for a short hike to reach the waterfalls. Make sure you’re equipped with your best walking shoes for a comfortable and safe experience. The trails can be a little steep, but the effort is well worth it when you reach the waterfalls and enjoy their natural beauty.

Don’t forget to bring water and snacks, as it can be refreshing to picnic near the waterfalls while admiring the surrounding landscape. It’s an ideal place to cool off on hot Marrakech days and recharge your batteries in the midst of nature.