Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

28 October to 10 November 2005.
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Aït Ourir and the walks from Tighdouine

Both days we did our picnic shopping in the
main street of Tighdouine.

The Land Rover of the photo above
is replaced by a donkey.

We shop from a fruit stall.

Bread is casually displayed in the bread shop.

The Springs walk

As we set off we encountered this leech.
Green with yellow markings - not the usual black.

The outwards route by-passes the Oued Zat springs.
We use a road going up a grey bank.

A brief stop near a well.

Today we added a little extra to the route.
In doing so we found a superb lunch spot.

Looking back as we left it.

We continued the walk through villages.

Getting a good view of local architecture...

... and building practices.

Local agriculture.

Local logistics.

Local commerce.
(The animal market)

The Hairpin walk

This goes out along a dirt road.
Then returns via seguias and footpaths.

The route goes through some small villages.

Here is a mini-hamam.

Nearby a collection of traditional water vessels.

If you look closely,
even a mantis or two.

Visit to Marrakech

Everyone in this group decided to visit Marrakech on the last day.

I have always asked for our tour to start at the Tanneries.
These lie just inside the East wall of the old city at the Bab Debbarh.

The visit can be an eye-opener.
Especially to an European user of leather goods!

A little further along our walk
the Medersa (or Medrassa) provides a real contrast.

It was a school for scholars of the Koran.
Now it is run as a museum and the new Medrassa
is elsewhere.

After a walk through the souk, a spice-shop visit is relaxing.
Maybe even very relaxing.

Especially if you opt for a massage.

Finally we pass though the Djema al Fna and
make our way to lunch.
At the Riad Omar in this case.

Supporting Cast

The guide & the leader.
Abdul Zak and Gordon.

Guide in Ourika Valley: Abdelselim.

Guide in Dades Valley: Mohammed.

An unknown lady.
Who let Vivienne take her photo.

And Maria Berrada.
Who makes the Moroccan operation work.

I did not take a group photo for this trip, but if you want to remember names
there is a list available

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