Tony Muir called in January to arrange a Springtime adventure in Morocco for him and his adult daughter. She had limited vacation time so they picked our Exotic Morocco trip. Tony decided to stay on a few more days at a Berber guest house in the Atlas Mountains outside Marrakech for some more hiking among villages under the snow-capped mountain peaks.
In her trip evaluation Sara recounted, "My dad chose the trip, but we both wanted lots of culture and local flavor, in addition to the adventures that hiking and cameling in the desert supplied. We also wanted to see a lot of Morocco in just a short time, so the trip by car was a necessity."
"I really loved my time in the desert, riding camels both at sunset and sunrise. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The desert camp accommodations were outstanding. The weather was perfect, the camel was easy to ride, and our native guide was quite entertaining."
They loved the Roman ruins both at Volubilis and especially Chellah in Rabat, which they definitely advise not to miss. Above all else, our foremost goal in our 'Wild Style' of travel in Morocco is to create opportunities to get into rural areas to hike, explore on foot and experience daily life in the Sahara, the deserts and palmeries of the Dades Valley, and in the souks and alleyways of the ancient medinas of Fez and Marrakech.
Tony's favorite experience was, "Walking in the oases in the deserts and valleys with local guides who led us through family farmlands explaining their way of life, we got to observe daily life. The views were breathtaking, and it was great to see various plants and how local, small farms can be so efficient. We were there on the souk [market] day in Rissani, which was definitely the least touristy place we went."
"Kamal did an amazing job. He is knowledgeable, warm, kind and really good at his job. He was always on time, always making sure we were happy and taken care of. He would inquire about our other local guides and tours to make sure they were to our liking. Ali, who took us around Fez, was also knowledgeable and quite a character; he gave good insight into the Moroccan way of life."
We're pleased that they appreciated the meals and accommodations so much because we've worked hard over the past year to find all the coolest Moorish-style boutique riads and Kasbahs that give travelers a personal sense of true Moroccan hospitality and design. We also avoid hotel buffet meals in favor of prepared Moroccan specialties and getting out to try lots of different Moroccan dishes which was a big hit with Sara and Tony:
"I have never stayed in a better place than Riad Laaroussa. I felt like I was part of the family and I would go back there in a heartbeat. Riad Laaroussa in Fez was one of my favorite things about the entire trip. The staff was amazing, the rooms were gorgeous, the food was delicious. We were treated like family, and even got to spend some time in the kitchen with the cooks to learn about local cooking. Villa Mandarine was also exquisite and beautiful."
"Meals were a perfect mix of “street food” and fancy dishes. I felt that we really got an idea for the local fare and ate it at almost every meal, which I think is a rare thing to find when traveling."
Want to know more about our Wildland Adventures in Morocco? Ask the Morocco Program Director how we can design an adventure for you.