Tips for Custom Tours to Morocco That Will Leave You Spellbound
Morocco is a stunning destination for world travelers. The breezy coastline, the exotic crowds in the medina, the historical places and the hiking options over the rugged Atlas Mountains weave a story of their own that leave you enchanted and mesmerized. No matter what kind of a traveler you are – a backpacking hiker, a happy-to-be-lost-in-the-crowd explorer or someone who enjoys the calm and quiet beach, Morocco serves its guest with an enchanting range of attractions. You can choose to either be lost in your dreams or explore the beautiful reality that the nation has to offer.
Here are five tips of things to do when you are planning a custom tour of Morocco.
Tune into the local culture
Getting absorbed in a vibrant street and witnessing the flavor of a foreign country has its own charm. Nothing is more delightful than having a chat with the locals while you are touring the streets or countryside. Exchanging a smile or a friendly chat with the locals or the vendors has its own beautiful moments. What makes Morocco more inviting is the incredible hospitability of its people. They are always ready to welcome you or show you around places. These friendly folks will ease your path or may even invite you to their places for a marvelous authentic cuisine or the traditional mint tea. In addition, the towns and cities offer amazing street foods, traditional shopping centers and much more.
Plan a couple of days for the local tour to see the beautiful culture.
Discover the beauty of the Sahara
Who can even miss the magical Sahara desert when in Morocco? A camel ride along the undulated dunes of the desert is a dream come true. A visit to the desert in the morning or after the sun goes down will give you an experience to cherish forever. You can learn to ride camels with the help of the trainers and experience the feel of a nomad. You may opt to spend the night out in the desert and lull away to beautiful dreams gazing at the mesmerizing stars. Waking up to a glorious morning sunrise and have a nomadic breakfast.
Explore the desert in the morning or in the evening when the sun is not that hot.
Explore the Atlas Mountains
The perfect addition to your Morocco vacation is the adventurous hike to the Atlas Mountains. Running in a northeasterly-southwesterly direction, the mountain range provides a surreal landscape and views that are available only for the lucky few. The hour-long hikes will take you to rocky heights from where you can see the landscape stretching far into the distance below you. Carry proper equipment such as water, snacks, a first aid kit, energy drinks and other necessities required during hiking. Remember to wear comfortable hiking shoes if you plan to clamber over rocks or walking shoes if you are staying on the beaten paths. Take your binoculars and cameras if you wish to make this adventure more memorable.
If this is your first time in the country, do not go off on your own. Take a local guide who will show you the paths and the places to see.
Learn about prehistoric Morocco
The country has various places like the Dades Gorge and the Todra Gorge, and the incredible fortified mud-brick city of AïtBenhaddou. Visit these fascinating places and see how men stayed in the country in the centuries past. There are quite a few sites where you can see the art and dwellings of prehistoric men. You can also walk the way of the dinosaurs and explore their fossilized remains.
Take the help of a local guide who will show you the interesting places.
Gaze at the majestic architecture
The country has been at the crossroads of civilization for centuries. Explore the medieval palaces and monuments that abound in Morocco. The influence of different cultures and architectural styles has given the buildings a unique style that is not seen elsewhere in the world. The imperial cities of Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat have an interesting array of buildings and architecture that make them a source of eternal wonder.
Ask about the building and the architecture of the places you visit. Each place will have its own story to tell.