Ait Bouguemez – The happy valley in Morocco
There are so many things you can do while visiting Morocco. There are many options for how to spend your vacation in this beautiful country that offer several varied tours and activities. If you are into nature and hiking, visiting Ait Bougmez valley, the happy valley in Morocco should definitely be on your top list. Ait Bouguemez valley is situated in182km from Marrakech, It is a park of Geopark Mgoun that attracts mountain tourism for many activities that can offer.
From Marrakech, you can drive and discover Ouzoud waterfalls on your way, Imi n Ifri and the red valley of Ait Boulli. For the extended tours, there are opportunities to drive to the valley of roses or to Zaouit Ahnsal once you had a wonderful time in Ait Bouguemez valley. The recently paved road that crosses Tizi n Ait Imi made it possible to connect between these two amazing valleys in the High Atlas mountains.
Ait Bouguemez is the gateway to Atlas mountains, a popular destination for mountaineering expeditions. The breath-taking beauty of this valley far outweighs the tough conditions one might have to endure. While it’s beautiful all the year round, with apple trees, potatoes, corn, and wheat fields you can find it snow covered in the coldest months which is between December and March. The hospitality of locals has a warm effect on every visitor who is seeking a mountain adventure in Morocco.
Marrakech to Ait Bouguemez what to see?
- Ouzoud waterfalls: Is a popular tourist destination from Marrakech 150km northeast worth exploring on your way to Ait Bouguemez valley. The waterfalls offer a walking visit to the bottom of Oued Laabid with the stunning view of the 110meters waterfall. Often You can observe the Barbary apes wander around the shaded path.
- Imi N Ifri: Situated 6km from Demnate, this beautiful geologic formation of limestone and dolomites is worth discovering while you are on your way to Ait Bouguemez
- Ait Bouli: Besides the two sights above, the road to the valley has an amazing landscape of the red soil in Ait BoulLi, stopping to take some pictures would be great on such a mountain road.
Things to do in Ait Bouguemez valley:
1-Go hiking or walking :
Trekking in Morocco is a widely famous activity, especially in the Atlas mountains. Ait Bouguemz valley has offered mountain lovers some of the best itineraries especially for those who want to hike the Mgoun summit, the second highest peak in Morocco with 4068m altitude, or towards the Zaouit Ahnsal and Taghia gorges. in addition to long trekking trips, taking a walk to visit the Sidi Moussa Granary is a must, while you do some exercise, enjoying the fresh air, the view in Sidi Moussa towards the valley is amazingly beautiful and breathtaking.
Walking in the valley can be just to explore its amazing villages and fields, in a peaceful environment. You can discover more about the local market in Tabant every Sunday or visit a local house.
2-Visit the Dinosaur footprints in Ait Bougmez:
If you have enough time to walk in the valley, the Dinosaur footprints in Ait Bouguemez be a glimpse of the prehistory of the region. A walk for an hour or a drive for 20 minutes crossing the center of Tabant will lead you to these giant tracks of both carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs that are estimated to be about 185 million years old.
3-Bike in Ait Bougmez valley:
Biking is not a very famous activity in the valley, however, it’s great to bike through the Berber villages and fields while exercising your passion.
4- Homestay in the valley of Ait Bouguemez:
Homestay is a way to get more connected with local life, it allows you to share wonderful memories in every place you visit, learn about the lifestyle, and get involved in the daily activities with a family. You can do Homestay in the High Atlas mountains with Berber nomads on this region. During the summer months, The last nomads in Morocco camp on top of the valley and offer a very authentic experience for the travelers.
Where to stay in the valley of Ait Bouguemez:
For trekking in Ait Bouguemez, most of the guided trips offer camping options in different parts of the valley, especially if you decided to make it a full Mgoun trekking trip.
Guesthouses or “Gite d’etapes” are one of the best accommodations you will find in the valley, offering a warm bed with a hot shower and basic services. For hikers, it is a great way to spend a night while experiencing the lifestyle in this region and get ready for a trekking trip to Mgoun or Elsewhere. In general, it costs between 15 to 40 Euros per night. Some accommodations like Ecolodge Touda may offer some of the best services in the valley.
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