Canyoning and Forests Multi-Adventure

A 9-day expedition adventuring through the green and fertile Middle Atlas Mountains


9 Days (land only)

from Marrakech to Fez
waterfalls+forests

$1,024

from $1,003

Activities:  

Activity Level

(moderate)
Travel through the Middle Atlas Mountains and explore its rich, fertile prairies and many waterfalls and rivers. There’s a reason why it’s called the “Moroccan Mongolia”! Discover a less-known region of Morocco while trekking and canyoning in the stunning Ouzoud waterfalls. Enjoy a unique cedar forest and abundant water in this off-the-beaten-path region, and camp out by one of the biggest lakes in Morocco.


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You can arrive at anytime to Marrakech airport where you will be picked up. Marrakech is a bustling mercantile city that will also be your last stop at the end of your adventure. Its iconic Jamaa Fna square is still busy with storytellers, snake charmers, artisan markets, and all sorts of shopping stalls. The first stop after landing in Morocco will be at your traditional riad in the centre of the medina, or the city's old town. A riad is a traditional building in southern Morocco, a large two-story house built around a courtyard. In the evening, once all the group members have arrived, you'll gather at the riad with your guide to discuss your upcoming adventure.
After breakfast, a guided tour of the city’s medina will teach us about its different neighbourhoods, organized by traditional guilds such as carpenters or blacksmiths. Learn about its history and the workings of a busy old town. There will be time to shop and have lunch in the city. Afterwards, we’ll head straight towards the Ouzoud Falls, 150km northeast. These waterfalls are quite an impressive sight, and a popular destination because of their beauty. When we arrive to Ouzoud, we’ll do a little trekking around the area to get familiar with the environment.
The day’s main adventure will be canyoning around the Ouzoud Falls, a descent that will consist of six rappels down through a range of waterfalls. Afterwards, we’ll explore the canyons by doing aquatic trekking along the area. At the end of the day we’ll drive to Bin El Ouidane, one of the largest lakes in the region, where we will set up base for the night. After a long and active day, enjoying the lake and relaxing by its shore will be the perfect end to our adventure.
Early in the morning, we’ll start our day by doing some trekking in the area and having lunch outdoors. We’ll get to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the majestic rocky formations of La Cathèdrale, a massive rock wall that stands tall and prominent, dominating the landscape and reminding of a cathedral. It’s common to see Barbary macaques around, the only species of macaque outside of Asia. This is also the area where we we’ll spend the night, in a traditional gîte right by the river, next to an impressive rocky formation.
On this day, we’ll go on a fascinating road trip towards Aguelmane Azigza National Park, following remote roads among green valleys and rocky plains. This park is rich in wildlife and has a stunning secluded lake. We’ll make several stops to admire this beautiful natural area in the Middle Atlas. After lunch, we’ll arrive to our lodging by the river in the middle of the national park. The day will be complete with some visits to nearby villages. We’ll learn about agriculture and crafts produced by the people in this region.
This is a day to enjoy the beauty of Aguelmane Azigza National Park. The whole day we’ll be spent trekking through nature, walking by lakes such as Lac Azigza or Lac Ouiouane, stopping by waterfalls like the Sources Oum er-Rbia, and exploring green high-altitude valleys. Gradually, the vegetation gets thicker among rivers and forests with indigenous species. Most lakes and plateaus here are over 1600 metres above sea level, so this region is often called the “Moroccan Mongolia”. We’ll end our day by returning to our riverside accommodation and resting before our next trekking day.
We’ll spend the day trekking in a cedar forest that hosts unique animal species and a rich flora, in addition to the massive cedar trees that populate it throughout. North of Azrou, the Cèdre Gouraud Forest is home to the Atlas Cedar and several indigenous butterflies, but their most noticeable inhabitant is the cheeky Barbary macaque. We’ll enjoy a relaxed walking day around this famous and diverse natural spot. At the end of the day, we’ll head to our lodging, a traditional Moroccan gîte high up on these mountains.
Only one hour away from the Cèdre Gouraud Forest is the city of Fez. This is Morocco’s cultural centre as well as the imperial city, which used to be the capital of the Idrisid dynasty. Fez has the oldest university in the world, the University of al-Qarawiyyin, and a pedestrian old town worth exploring in detail. We’ll do a guided tour of its medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander throughout its different neighbourhoods. Learn about traditional guilds, and about the artisanal leather tanneries. Have fun exploring this interesting city on your own as well, and end the day relaxing at a riad in the medina.
This final day of the tour is a free day to get to know Fez a bit further. There will be transfers to the airport arranged according to flight schedules, and plenty to explore in the city if you have time before your departure!
  • Abseil 100m down impressive falls and canyons in the Ouzoud area and enjoy canyoning around its beautiful water.
  • Visit Bin El Ouidane, one of the largest lakes in the Middle-Atlas.
  • Trek around the Bin El Ouidane lake and towards the amazing rock formations of La Cathèdrale.
  • Discover the source of the Oum Errabia river, Morocco’s second longest river.
  • Enjoy the Aguelmane Azigza National Park, its lakes and high-altitude landscapes.
  • Visit a world-unique cedar forest with rich biodiversity and a cheeky population of Barbary macaques.
  • Discover the magic of Marrakech and Fez, two imperial cities with fascinating history.

What's Included

  • 8 breakfast, 4 lunch, 6 dinners.
  • 2 nights Riad in Marrakech and Fez, 2 nights in a guesthouse in Ouzoud and Bin El Ouidane, 1 night mountain gîte in La Cathèdrale, 2 nights in family house in Aguelmane Azigza, 1 night mountain gîte in Ifrane.
  • Gear, safety equipment, expert guide and training for all levels on canyoning and aquatic trek.
  • Guided tour with local guide in Marrakech and Fes
  • Local mountain guides and tour leader.
  • All transports between destination and from/to activities in a Rug&Rock minibus with air-con.
  • Financial protection in accordance with The Package Travel regulation

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Meals other than stated
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Allow £5-10 for each meal not included.
Date
Price
Status

2017

11 Nov - 19 Nov
$1,003
 
Available

2018

03 Apr - 11 Apr
$1,003
 
Available
10 Nov - 18 Nov
$1,003
 
Available





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