Overview: Ourika Valley is a pleasant village where many walking paths and treks are located. The authentic mountain trek which leads to a cascade of 7 waterfalls is an absolute most do. Ourika is located 60km from Marrakech, in the foothills of the High Atlas. Due to its many Berber villages, waterfalls, and several attractions, it is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Marrakech. Ourika Day trip from Marrakech is picturesque, featuring a lush river valley with typical Berber huts made of baked clay and stones. Despite its proximity to Marrakech, Ourika is still considered relatively untouched by tourism and modern city life.
Temperatures are cooler in the shadow of snowcapped High Atlas peaks, and this blooming valley is a little more than 50km south of Marrakesh is the city’s escape hatch from the soaring summer heat. The valley is especially mood-altering from February to April, when almond and cherry orchards bloom manically and wildflowers run wild.
Sadly Ourika’s beauty and easy accessibility have lead to significant development, which now threatens to mar its mountain-valley vibe. At Oulmes, makeshift cafes and BBQ joints line the riverside strung together by flimsy rope bridges that allow day-trippers to cross the river, while at the end of the valley sits a summer resort and the well-worn trekking base of Setti Fatma.
Ourika Day trip from Marrakech will allow us to experience the beauty of the Ourika Valley and its beautiful landscapes of green meadows, 16th and 17th-century Berber villages and escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for the day. Ourika valley is a favorite weekend getaway for local people that is appreciated for its beautiful landscapes and waterfalls. It is one of the many typical valleys of the High Atlas Mountains known for its its fruit trees, tiny Berber huts, riverside restaurants, high green terraces, surrounding Atlas peaks, rocky village foothills and the 7 waterfalls that surround the village.
Departure by a 4WD car from Marrakech around 9 in the morning for 1 hour to Setti Fatma to feel the refreshing waters of the 7 waterfalls, driving through many berber villages and the valley of ourika with several stops along the road for pictures. Once we arrive to Setti Fatma, we will have our lunch and take a short break alongside some of the pretty trails, climbing up rock carvings to the first waterfall before we drive back to your accommodation in Marrakech.
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