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Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)
Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

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The Basics

A popular day trip destination from Marrakech, the Ourika Valley is often visited as part of a full-day tour of the Atlas Mountains. Combine it with a thrilling drive along the Kik Plateau and a stop at Lake Takerkoust, or take an Atlas Mountains Four Valleys tour and visit the Ourika, Oukaïmeden, Sidi Fares, and Asni valleys.

Alternatively, savor your visit on a hiking or mountain biking tour, explore the Berber village of Setti Fatma, trek to the Setti Fatma Falls, or visit in winter to enjoy the ski resort of Oukaïmeden.

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From Marrakech : Day trip to Ourika Valley Atlas Mountains
From Marrakech : Day trip to Ourika Valley Atlas Mountains
$17.90 per adult
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Great day trip
Hasan was a great guide, very knowledgeable. We were in a small group and stopped at an Argan Oil co-operative on the way - no pressure to buy. Ourika Valley and the mountain hike was great - need to be in good physical shape for some parts. Amazing views. Lunch was a set price menu - more expensive than you’d usually pay - 120 dirhams each. Stopped briefly at a Berber house on the way back. Great day out and nice to be away from the busyness of Marrakech for a while.
KazzieB69, Apr 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Marrakech

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Lovely day trip into the mountains!
Rob_C, Feb 2020
From Marrakech : Day trip to Ourika Valley Atlas Mountains
We had a lovely experience on this day trip. Pick up was prompt and both our driver and guide were friendly and welcoming throughout. The highlight was definitely the hike up to see the waterfalls. Although a little strenuous at times, it was well worth it. We also quite enjoyed the visit to the argan oil collective.
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Enjoyable trip!
efi4life77, Jan 2020
Ourika Valley Day Trip From Marrakech
Enjoyable experience - helpful and friendly guides (both the driver and the guide at ourika)! Beautiful location - worthwhile trip!
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Amazing tour
Diogo M, Nov 2019
Group shared day tour to Ourika valley & Atlas Mountains
Amazing tour. The waterfalls are beautiful and view is breathtaking. I had plenty of fun while hiking to the waterfalls
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Good day trip
laither, Nov 2019
From Marrakech : Day trip to Ourika Valley Atlas Mountains
Well organised Picked up on time at the right meeting point. Friendly driver & guide. If the weather was wormer I would give 5 stars. Still enjoyed it.
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Ourika Valley trip with older parents
Tasnima_B, Feb 2020
Guided Ourika Valley Day Trip from Marrakech
Great experience! The driver was on time and very kind. We stopped at an Argon Oil Cooperative where another young man told us about the plants they use to create all natural medicines. Then we got back into the car and drove to the mountains where we met another guide who took us up the mountain. Considering I took my aging parents with me, the guide helped us up and down the mountain, constantly holding ours hands to help us. The view was beautiful and we finished off the trip with a lunch with our young driver who then drove us back to the hotel. It was Great!
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A Great Day out
dorh230, Oct 2019
From Marrakech : Day trip to Ourika Valley Atlas Mountains
We really enjoyed this day trip to the mountains. The collection was prompt and all the timings were accurate. Our first stop was at an Argon oil Cooperative, which was actually much more interesting than we had expected. We arrived at the start of the climb to the waterfall and followed Hassan our guide. The climb was fairly steep, and we were older than the rest of the group by decades, but Hassan was always there to give us a helping hand, literally, and we made it up to the waterfall, and the view was well worth the climb. We came down a different route to the river where we were taken to a restaurant by the river. Some of the tables and chairs were actually in the water so you could eat with your feet in the river. The waiters wore wellies! After lunch we were taken to a typical Berber house. We arrived back in Marrakech and were dropped near our Riad. We had a really interesting day, thanks really to Hassan.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Pack sunscreen, a hat, good walking shoes, and plenty of water, especially if you plan on walking to the falls.

  • The Ourika Valley is a great place to buy argan oil, and tours often include a visit to an argan oil collective.

  • There are many shops, restaurants, and food vendors located in and around the Ourika Valley.

  • Many of the lookout points and natural wonders of the Ourika Valley are reached by hiking, making access for wheelchair users limited.

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How to Get There

The Ourika Valley is located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Marrakech, in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Buses run from Marrakech to the main town of Setti Fatma in high season. You can also hire a taxi for the day or join a guided tour.

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When to Get There

Time your visit for a Monday, when the local market (souk) of Tnin Ourika sprawls through the village and a mix of locals and tourists haggle for goods, sip sweet Moroccan mint tea, and catch up on gossip. The prettiest time to visit is in spring (February to April), when the valley is speckled with colorful wildflowers and the surrounding cherry and almond orchards are in full bloom.

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Highlights of the Ourika Valley

For many visitors, the Ourika Valley’s principal attraction is its traditional Berber settlements. The village of Setti Fatma maintains a traditional way of life, tending to its communal saffron farm and organic herb farm, producing handicrafts to sell, and serving traditional tajines and breads in local restaurants. At the heart of the valley are the dramatic Setti Fatma falls, which flow into the Ourika River and offer a thrilling scramble for adventurous travelers.

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