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Atlas Mountains Tickets & Tours

Explore Berber country during an exciting and adventurous Atlas Mountains tour!  Many visitors forget that the beautiful Atlas Mountains can provide a welcome respite from the heat during your Marrakech trip.  But, an Atlas Mountains day trip from Marrakech can be just what the doctor ordered when you want to escape the baked streets of the city.  You can find everything from a single-day trek to a two-week trek in the Atlas Mountains.  Whether you wish to ski, climb the summit, or do a little canyoning, you’re sure to find an Atlas Mountains trip that’s right for you.  Why not try visiting the The Ourika Valley – A Day in the Atlas Mountains, which puts you right in the middle of a Berber village, where you can enjoy some mint tea with locals?  Or, take a chance on A Day in the Atlas Mountains with Souk Visits, and peruse the local Berber bazaars.  And, if you really want to challenge yourself, then the 11-day Atlas Mountains Adventure is what to do in Marrakech.  So, grab your gear and come find out why spotting a Barbary Stag, Cuvier’s gazelle, Atlas mountain viper, and other indigenous animals is one of the most popular things to do in the Atlas Mountains!

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Our tips for Atlas Mountains

  • You’ll hear all kinds of sounds during the night, including village dogs trained to bark at the slightest threat.Pack some earplugs to get the rest you need to finish the trek.
  • You might find some of the accommodations to be a little rustic.In particular, some of the pillows on offer provide little in the way of softness; so, consider packing an inflatable one.
  • Your Atlas Mountains trip might make use of mules to carry supplies.Make sure you have the essentials on your person (i.e. sunscreen, water) because the mules sometimes take a different route.
  •  Insider Tip – Do you have dry, sensitive skin?  That’s O.K.!  Although the dry and sometimes dusty Atlas Mountains can really aggravate conditions like rhinitis, dermatitis, etc., a little petroleum jelly can make all the difference in the world!

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Atlas Mountains is in March/April or October/November.  During these months, you’ll experience the best combination of relatively mild heat and minimal precipitation.  The height of summer can be rather hot, though it’s still much cooler in the Atlas Mountains than in Marrakech.  Winter can be quite cold and dry in the Atlas Mountains and some visitors have difficulty with allergies during this time.  And, if you’d like to do a little skiing in the Atlas Mountains, you’ll soon find out that the season is rather short.  January and February represent you best shots at carving a little powder.  Canyoning in the Atlas Mountains is best during the months of May, October, and November, when the rivers are at their fullest.  Those wishing to summit Toubkal should plan their Atlas Mountains vacation between April and September, when conditions are optimal. 

Getting there

Most adventurers on an Atlas Mountains sightseeing tour embark on a single-day or multi-day trek through the wilderness.  And, the vast majority of those treks include transportation from Marrakech in a 4x4 or other all-terrain vehicle.  If you don’t plan ahead and fail to book a tour that includes transportation, you will find that locals get around the Atlas Mountains by hopping in the back of the odd camionette (pickup truck), van, or other trucks found on the road.  The pistes, or dirt roads require a 4-wheel drive SUV or something comparable.  Taxis can sometimes be an option, but finding one for your return trip to Marrakech can be impossible, so it’s better to book an Atlas Mountains tour that includes round-trip transportation.  Once you find yourself in the Atlas Mountains, you’ll most likely be doing a lot of trekking to get from one village to another, meeting friendly, local Berbers along the way.

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