I’ll start the blog with a quote that best describes this unbelievable experience. “If you want something you’ve never had You must be willing to do something you’ve never done” by Thomas Jefferson. This experience was all about challenging myself, testing my limits and facing my fears, but most importantly, learning the art of trusting the flow of life.
I haven’t done anything quite like this before. So it was a first for me.
The 2nd day had us drive 1 hour south of Marrakech to a small town called Imlil. Located in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, it is a famous tourist destination where the trekking trail to the highest peak of the Atlas Mountains known as Mount Toubkal originates.
All the way from Marrakech to Mount Toubkal our guide Ibrahim showed us great places for taking photos. This is just one of them.
On our way to the famous Mount Toubkal, we stopped at an Argan oil Cooperative located in the town of Asni. For those who don’t know, Argan oil Cooperatives produce high-quality hand-processed products made of biological Argan oil. It is an initiative to support Berber women and provide them with a good income, health care, literacy classes and a valued role in the local community. There are a good many such cooperatives spread around the Atlas region.
I don’t quite remember the name of the cooperative we had been to, but it was a very interesting experience. Besides indulging in a shopping spree and buying some healthy and organic skincare products and souvenirs for the family and friends, I had a chance to taste the different oils produced by the lovely women working there, and even try to go through the production steps myself.
How is Argan oil made in Morocco?
The process of producing Argan oil is very complex. Argan trees grow only in the south-west of Morocco. When Argan fruits ripen (this happens from May to July), they are hand-picked from the ground and the
Following the argan oil cooperative, we had a closer look at the Berbers way of life in the High Atlas Mountains.
Ibrahim brought us to his village Ait Souka where we met his family and enjoyed a tasty lunch. I have already said it in a previous post, Moroccan food is delicious.
He told us the history of Berbers (they call themselves
After lunch, we started the trek up the Mount Toubkal, yet we stopped at the Imlil Cascades for some fresh orange juice. I must say I haven’t seen anything more beautiful in my life.
It was getting late, and we needed to be on time for the camel ride in Marrakech. That was another 1-hour ride back to Marrakech.
Let me tell you this, riding a camel into the sunset at the outskirts of the Red City is pure magic.
How to ride a camel?
Camel riding, however, is nothing like riding a horse. First, you need to approach it slowly from the side, straddle your legs to mount the camel while it is still sitting on the ground and hold the saddle as it starts to stand up. You will need to lean backwards as it stands up first on its back legs and then lean a bit forward as it gets up on its front legs too. A camel’s walk is very different from that of a horse. Be prepared for the side-to-side gait and keep your balance while riding the camel by holding firmly onto the saddle. Other than that, listen close to the guide. They know their camels best. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
The day ended with a tasty dinner in Jamaa el Fna square in Marrakech. We had fun and stayed until late that night. I can’t imagine a better end of the day in Morocco!