Marrakech to Ourika valley day trip

Marrakech to Ourika valley excursion


The Marrakech to Ourika Valley day trip is a popular excursion for those visiting Morocco. The Ourika Valley is located in the Atlas Mountains, approximately 30 kilometres south of Marrakech, and it offers stunning natural scenery, including waterfalls, lush green valleys, and traditional Berber villages. Join our day trip from Marrakech to the Ourika Valley and live a beautiful experience in Morocco.

Highlights of the Marrakech to Ourika day trip

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the foothills and into the High Atlas Mountains. Admire the changing landscapes as you leave the city behind.
  • Enjoy a lush and picturesque region known for its greenery, Berber villages, and the Ourika River.
  • Explore the banks of the Ourika River, surrounded by terraced fields, fruit orchards, and traditional Berber homes.
  • Embark on a hike to the Setti Fatma waterfalls. The trek takes you through scenic landscapes, and the waterfalls provide a refreshing sight.
  • Enjoy a traditional Berber meal at a local restaurant. This is an opportunity to savour authentic Moroccan flavours while surrounded by the natural beauty of the valley.

Suggested itinerary for the Marrakech to Ourika day trip

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Our Marrakech to Ourika Valley day trip starts from Marrakech: Your day will typically start with an early morning departure from Marrakech. The drive to the Ourika Valley takes about 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on traffic and your specific starting point in Marrakech. The Marrakech to Ourika day trip itself is quite scenic, taking you through the beautiful landscapes of the Atlas Mountains. You will pass by traditional Berber villages, lush valleys, and terraced farms.

Once you arrive in the Ourika Valley, you will have the opportunity to explore the area. The valley is known for its stunning waterfalls, picturesque villages, and the Setti Fatma trail. Some of the popular stops and activities in the valley include; Setti Fatma: A small village at the end of the road where you can take a hike to the Setti Fatma waterfalls. The hike typically takes around 1 hour and offers breathtaking views. After lunch and a day of exploration and relaxation in the Ourika Valley, you will head back to Marrakech in the late afternoon or early evening and our day trip from Marrakech to Ourika ends.

Included in the Marrakech to Ourika day trip

  • Pick up/drop off at your accommodation.
  • Private trip from Marrakech in a comfortable A/C vehicle.
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Guided excursion in Ourika valley.
  • Optional boat ride under the waterfalls.
  • A visit to one of the Argan oil cooperatives.

Booking Inquiries

Frequently asked questions:

Yes, a day trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley is a popular and feasible excursion. The valley is located approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Marrakech, making it easily accessible for a day visit.

Yes, Ourika Valley is often considered worth visiting for several reasons:

  1. Scenic Landscapes: Ourika Valley is nestled in the High Atlas Mountains, offering breathtaking scenery characterized by lush greenery, terraced fields, and the Ourika River. The picturesque landscapes make it a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

  2. Proximity to Marrakech: The valley is conveniently located near Marrakech, making it an easily accessible day trip. The journey from Marrakech to Ourika Valley takes approximately one to two hours, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of the mountains without an extended journey.

  3. Berber Villages: The valley is dotted with traditional Berber villages, providing an opportunity to experience the local culture and lifestyle. Visitors can explore the villages, interact with the friendly locals, and gain insights into Berber traditions.

  • Shared group tours can range from approximately $30 to $60 USD per person. This usually includes transportation to and from Essaouira.
  • Private tours with a dedicated driver or guide are generally more expensive. Prices can vary widely, starting from around $80 to $150 USD per person or more, depending on the level of customization, the quality of the vehicle, and additional inclusions.
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