Three breathtaking adventures from Marrakesh

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Three breathtaking adventures from Marrakesh

Adventure awaits near Marrakesh. Play Lawrence of Arabia in the dunes, admire the slopes of the Atlas Mountains from a hot air balloon and paddle across a fascinating lake.

Three breathtaking adventures from Marrakesh

Palm grove by bike

Looking for adventure while you are in Marrakesh? Put on your trainers and remember to bring your sunscreen. A “Dunes & Desert” driver will pick you up from your riad, a traditional Moroccan house, to take you to your departure point in the palm grove.

When you meet your guide, be sure to let him know your fitness level so he can adapt the route to your abilities. Kitted out with your helmet and mountain bike, you are all set to discover the remarkable palm grove. It is a fascinating place, with 150,000 palms planted during the Almoravid era. Here and there, you will catch a glimpse of celebrity-owned villas from behind high red walls. You will see desert zones, dried-up river beds and tiny villages with traditional rammed earth homes. After four hours of exotic wandering, a car will bring you back to your hotel while you think about your journey.

Dunes & Desert
Palm grove half-day excursion
+212 (0) 529 804 642
www.dunesdeserts.com/activit%C3%A9/palmeraie-villages-typiques/

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Three breathtaking adventures from Marrakesh

The Atlas Mountains from above

In search of an amazing experience in the heart of the Moroccan mountains? Get some air on board a hot air balloon. Your “Top Morocco Travel” guide will come get you from your hotel in the wee hours of the morning. After a 40-minute drive from the centre of Marrakesh, you will arrive at a vast area just outside the city. Share a traditional mint tea with your guide while the balloon slowly inflates. When everything is ready, step into the basket and prepare for the adrenaline rush as the balloon rises high into the sky to reveal a magical panorama over the region of Marrakesh. After these initial sunrise views, your guide will bring the balloon down a bit for a better look at the Atlas Mountains and its small traditional villages. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you admire the valley where time seems to stand still. Ochre ksours, fortified Berber villages, appear from behind rocky cliffs. After a stunning one-hour flight over the mountains, you will touch down in an isolated village. There, a traditional breakfast awaits you. On the menu: a soup made with fine semolina served with figs or dates depending on the season. It will be an unforgettable immersion in the local culture.

Top Morocco Travel
Avenue Ibn Batouta
Imm Eddahbi
40020 Marrakech
Maroc
+212 (0)671 677 232

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Three breathtaking adventures from Marrakesh

Kayaking on a surprising artificial lake

Less than an hour's drive south of Marrakesh is another memorable activity. When you arrive in the village of Lalla Takerkoust, you will see the incredible lake of the same name. This beautiful stretch of water surrounded by lunar-like landscapes calls out to be explored. Choose Tawadatrekking, one of the kayak clubs along the banks. Your guide will give you a rundown of safety precautions before you settle in to your kayak for two hours of calm paddling across the lake's tranquil surface. The orange-tinted silhouettes of the arid hills are sketched out all around while all you hear is the quiet lapping of water against your kayak. The region of Marrakesh has never been so enchanting.

Tawadatrekking
Lac Lalla Takerkoust
Province al Haouz
40000 Marrakech
Maroc
+212 6 61 92 98 28
www.tawadatrekking.com/rafting-maroc/lac-takerkoust/