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Over the High Atlas

Tizi In Tichka pass 2260m

sunny 26 °C

Xaluca dades

Xaluca dades


Stuffed ourselves with breakfast to get us off to a good start. Late start made later by us going on Moroccan time this morning.
We head out through the valley of roses, an oasis which is famous for its roses and all sorts of rose products. It is an oasis valley and all the little plots are surrounded by hedges of roses giving it the appearance of a green patchwork held together by pink stitches.
On to and through Ouazarzate. We cruise past the film studios and see some of the sets, Egyptian, Greek and Roman. Also be good for Arizona Bad Lands and Chinese steppes. Not exciting enough to stop though. Where we do go is Sidi Ben abbouliah, an ancient Kasbah built centuries ago by one family – it used to be the seat of the extended family. Remnants of the family have moved back in as it is a great monument of what these places used to be like. The family has also installed shops should you feel so inclined to purchase anything... After a good wander around and being blown by the wind, we head back out. On our way again and off to the fantastic journey over the High Atlas.
At Sid Ben Abbouleh

At Sid Ben Abbouleh

Sid Ben Abbouleh

Sid Ben Abbouleh

In Sid Ben Abbouleh

In Sid Ben Abbouleh


The high Atlas road keeps on presenting new vistas as each corner is turned. As in the middle Atlas, the formations are fantastic and a wonder to look at. G is not doing too much looking as the road is making him a bit travel sick. We have given him a tablet to try and help.
We head over the top through the Tizi Tchika pass at 2260m, much higher than we go skiing in Australia. Lotfi says this road is usually treacherous in winter and often closed. Thanks to some incompetent driving ahead of us (a tour minibus pulling over for a photo op when it was hard enough passing already) we nearly got to see an accident first hand. We stop at a panorama point where you can see the road stretching out below us, winding down into the valley. Just the realisation of how close it is to go so far down is amazing. As at all panorama points, there are plenty of people willing to sell us stuff. G is interested in some of the quartz eggs, and we bargain with the salesman to 20DM. I think he saw us coming.
Off the high Atlas into Marrakech

Off the high Atlas into Marrakech

High Atlas Road

High Atlas Road


The road is fast and winding and getting stuck behind some belching traffic does not help – the fumes do not agree with the less hardy Australians. Again a stop at a panoramic point gives some relief, as all the slow trucks get past us again and the shop keeper makes a motza.
Off again and into the final stretch into Marrakech. Yokhima Morocco have also sorted us out a place to stay tonight since we were not that organised. As his final help to us, Lotfi sees us squared away before fond farewells are given.
Goodbye to Lotfi

Goodbye to Lotfi

We are in Dar Sofia, and a great little out of the way place it is, although easy to reach as cars can get quite close. Settled in we head down to the bright lights and hustle and bustle of Djem Al Fnaa Square.
Djem El Fnaa

Djem El Fnaa

Fruits in Djem El Fnaa

Fruits in Djem El Fnaa


First things first – we have an orange juice before dinner – and at 50 cents it is great, although possibly a bit watered down. Soon after we are touted and go in for a meal at one of the stalls. It is nothing special but it is quick and relatively cheap. Back home and off to sleep.

Posted by lostagain 11:14 Archived in Morocco

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