The Atlas mountains and waterfalls
Lake Lalla Takerkoust
A trip to Lake Lalla Takerkoust, 40 Km from Marrakech, makes for a refreshing outing, and you can explore the surrounding countryside on foot, by quad, or by cross car. Savour the local cuisine at one of inns along the lakeshore, while enjoing the superb views the afford. 20 Km futher on, the the Berber Village of Amizmiz is well worth visting, its potteries and its Tuesday souk.
The Ourika Valley
Ourika valley 30 Km south of Marrakech, the Ourika Valley lies the first foothills of the High Atlas, a beautiful expanseof luxuriant green, its adobe villages clinging the mountainsides. the « Jardin du Safran » in the village of Tnine-Ourika is saffron farm open to visitors, while a little further on, the Bio-aromaticGardens grow 45 varieties aromatic and medicinal plants, whiche you are invited to taste as well as to smell. The road stops at Setti-Fatma, at the end of the valley, but the more adventurous can continue on foot to the seven waterfalls that await their discovery.
The Ouzoud Waterfalls
rainbow Morocco’s most famous waterfalls are well worth thr 150 Km drive from Marrakech. Once past the village of Ouzoud and its multitude of open-air food stalls, you carry on downwards, along a well-maintained road bordered with olive trees, until you come to the foot of the falls themselves. Some 110 meters high, their waters tumble from one level to next, their fine spray adorning the scene with a permanent rainbow halo. You can enjoy observing the antics of the local rhesus monkeys.