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Merzouga Desert Extension from Marrakech itinerary

Day 1:

MARRAKECH / OUARZAZATE / DADES VALLEY

Breakfast. Departure to the High Atlas mountains. The route changes the landscape little by little, without hardly realizing it. From the strong green of the valleys, to the red ocher of the Col de Tizi N'Tichka until you reach Ouarzazate. Free time for lunch. Departure along the route of the kasbahs, until reaching Kelaa M'gouna (Valley of the Roses), a town famous for its rose water distillery. Taking this route by car is spectacular, with hundreds of kasbahs that the Berbers erected to defend themselves from invaders and that are dotted throughout the route, winding through impressive landscapes typical of the Sahara desert such as towns, forests and palm groves. Arrival at the Dades River valley. Dinner and accommodation.

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Day 2:

DADES VALLEY / TODRA GORGES / ERFOUD / MERZOUGA

Breakfast. Departure through the Dades Valley, one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of the trip, towards the Merzouga desert. This valley owes its name to the river that meanders nestled between its mountains, backed by ocher, terracotta and red cliffs. Along the way, you can see beautiful kasbahs, fortified mansions and mountains crossed by streams and canyons. The Dades Valley has a wild landscape, in winter with snow on one side and a semi-desert on the other. Its wild grandeur and otherworldly silence can only be matched by the Grand Canyon. The river forms a valley with spectacular rock formations along a winding path full of fruit trees, walnut trees, birch trees, almond trees and wheat fields. Stop en route for lunch. As we approach the desert, the road becomes increasingly harder and the towns we pass through become more and more authentic, until we enter the domains of the inhabitants of the desert, the Amazigh people, better known as Berbers. Arrival in Erfoud, the main pre-Saharan-style town of Tafilalet with an oasis that covers an area of about 5,000 hectares and has more than 300,000 date palms. Visit of a fossil extraction center, where you can appreciate the amount of aquatic life that existed in the Quaternary on what is now the Sahara Desert. Continuation to the Merzouga desert (Erg-Chebbi). Dinner and accommodation at the camp.

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Day 3:

MERZOUGA / RISSANI / ALNIF / AGDZ / OUARZAZATE

Breakfast. Departure to Rissani, an attractive small city both for its surroundings and its history, located in a palm grove 22 km from Erfoud. It has several monuments of interest, a very busy market and an area used as a donkey parking lot where these animals are also bought and sold. It is considered the heir to the mythical Sijilmasa, the first capital of Morocco and the origin of the country's royal family. Continuation towards Alnif, along the way you can see herds of wild dromedaries and an impressive semi-lunar landscape. Arrival in Agdz where a brief stop is made to enjoy the beauty of the Draa palm grove. Continuation to Ouarzazate. Dinner and accommodation.

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Day 4:

OUARZAZATE / AIT BEN HADDOU / MARRAKECH

Breakfast. Departure to visit the Taourirt Kasbah, once the residence of one of the most powerful governors in the region. Its simple adobe exterior is impressive, highlighting its grandeur. It has served as a set for several Hollywood productions. Continuation to the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the setting for the filming of films such as Gladiator, The Mummy, Star Wars and many others. Free time for lunch. Continuation to Marrakech.

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