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Ait Benhaddou Day trip

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  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Category: Day Trips & Excursions
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Marrakech

A day trip from Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou is a wonderful plan to spend the day out of the big city.

Price Includes

  • English Speaking Guide
  • Pickup from your hotel, riad, or accommodation in Marrakech.
  • Drop off at your hotel, riad or accommodation in Marrakech
  • Lunch in Essauira

Price Excludes

  • Water and Refreshments
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Entrance Fees
  • Personal Equipment
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
Itinerary

Day 1Marrakech to Aït Benhaddou

The trip starts at 08:00 when your driver knocks on the door of the riad you’re staying on. Usually the alleys are too small for the car to reach the depths of the Medina. Once you’re in the car, you can put on music of your choice with a USB thumb or an AUX cord, or just enjoy the random playlists specific to each driver. After a dozen kilometers, as you start to go up at the beginning of the mountain chain, you start to notice a couple of berber villages perched in the mountains in an astonishing camouflage making them one with nature.

villagers are usually self-sufficient, they rely on agriculture and livestock, and maybe sell a sheep or a goat at the weekly market to buy tea, sugar, clothes and pay the electricity bills. The land provides wheat, a variety of vegetables, fruits and oils. The livestock provides meat. People consume only sick or weak animals that will not survive unless it is a really special occasion, a dear guest or a religious ceremony. A little stop at one of the many terraces to stretch your legs and maybe grab a cup of coffee to fully wake up, then continue the road crossing the Tizi n Tichka Pass (2160m) of the High Atlas to reach the ancient village of Ait Benhaddou.

You will probably hear the name “Ksar” often, it has two meanings in Morocco; 1: A great and luxurious palace, or an assembly of Kasbahs usually surrounded by a protective wall which is the case here in Ksar Ait Benhaddou. The fortified village was declared amongst Morocco’s eight world heritage sites by the Unesco and it is well preserved. The ksar is situated in the Ounila valley. Aït Benhaddou Was a station for the caravanes in old times, transporting gold, silver, salt, spices and slaves from the depths of the African Sahara across Morocco and to Europe. The merchants either exchange their goods here and return, or pause and rest before continuing their trip to Marrakech. The salty mines are still active in the area and you could notice salt on the sides of the ounila river before reaching the village.

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FAQ

What sort of Experience do your guides have?

All our guides are locals and all registered with Minister of tourisme , they are all certified by the only guide training center in Morocco which is Centre de Formation aux Metiers de Montagne, they all speak English, French, Spanish and German.

How do we make payment?

We require a 30% deposit to secure the booking, and the rest can be paid in person. Payments can be made online while booking (Paypal or Card), via western union, or via bank transfer. Information about online payment and your booking can be found in your dashboard on the top right after logging in.

Your deposit or full payment can be transferred to this bank account:

Full name : NID ALI Hassan

Agence : Attijari WAFA  Bank 
CODE BANQUE :007

CODE VILLE : 475
Account Number : 0010051000302460
CLE RIB : 94

CODE SWIFT : BCMAMAMC
Bank adress: 612, LOT KAIRAOUANE – TAHANAAOUTE

RIB ( IBAN number) : MA 64 007 475 0010051000302460 94

Our Western Union details are as follows:

Full name : NID ALI Hassan
Douar Ait Souka , Imlil

Country : Morocco

Our PayPal address is:

PayPal : toubkalascentservice@gmail.com

The minimum 30% deposit should be paid in either in MAD, Euros or sterlings, or can be paid via a bank transfer at least a week ahead before departure .

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