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Morocco car route: Marrakech and the central High

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First day of a road trip through the Berber Morocco
Marrakech - Ourika Valley - Tizi N'Tickka - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Hadu
200 km (approx.)
Approximate 3 hours without counting the stops

The mythical Marrakech, the South Gate of Morocco, was the starting point of a great route by car that would take us through the center and south of the country for eight days. We rented a car before the trip and it was a pleasant surprise to find a superior model for the same price.

The extensive mountain range of the High

During the first day of route we had planned to escape from the city of Marrakech, cross the mountainous profile of the Atlas by a step at a height of more than 2,000 meters and continue through the Ourika valley until we reach the town of Ait Ben Hadu, place where one of the most impressive kasbas in the country.

To start the route it took us a bit to find the escape route from the center of Marrakech. The signs and signs on the road shine by their absence. It took us a good half hour to find the exit road towards Ouarzazate. After asking a few locals who each time seemed to indicate different directions, we finally found the right path behind the bustling capital of the Berbers. We celebrate it by eating a good tagine in one of the countless places on the middle of the road where you eat cheaply and also, far from what most would think, wonderfully.

Crossing the great Atlas

We continue the route that after arid landscapes is winding through the steep walls of the Central Atlas. The palm grove and the green give way to a stage of sand and rocks, wasteland. The road is perched on a spectacular route with the Tizi N'Tickka pass at 2,250 meters as the highest point of the route. A must stop to enjoy the panoramic views that surround us in this desolate and inert setting. The only exception in the barren landscape of mountains extending from north to south was the layers of perennial snow on the summits of the Atlas.

This area is very dear among walkers. Along the Djebel Saghro mountain range Multiple variants are opened to make ascents to the Altas peaks such as the Amalou n'Mansour at more than 2,700 meters high. Between deep canyons and ravines, privileged views of the two valleys surrounding the mountains, the Drâa and the Tafilalet, are obtained. Of course, to make hiking in this area of ​​Morocco it is necessary to be completely self-sufficient.

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