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  • Oasi
  • Itinerario culturale
    Culture tour
  • Pernottamento presso famiglie locali
    Homestay accommodation
  • Architettura e monumenti
    Monuments and architecture
  • Gastronomia e tipicità locali
    Food and local products

General description

An experiential journey through the history and the cultural identity of Southern Morocco, learning the ancient earth and straw building techniques and diving deep into the ancient traditions of the Berber tribes of the Central High Atlas.

A six-day trip that perfectly blends together the pleasure of discovery, the charm of southern Morocco landscapes and the opportunity to learn ancient craft techniques, in a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Following the example of local craftsmen and accompanied by expert guides, we’ll plunge our hands into the secrets of a world still capable to live in a perfect balance with nature, creating artifacts and monuments of exceptional refinement and beauty through the art of wisely mixing and working available natural resources. The magnificent Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou will be the starting point of this slow, in depth experience through the berber culture involving all the senses, through hands on workshops, practical examples, meetings, guided tours and excursions along the Atlas mountains and the famous route of One Thousand Kasbahs.

Travel proposals also suitable for associations, schools and universities.

Other details

Included services:

Reception and accompaniment - Transport by 4x4 or minibus – 5 nights in hotel / riad / guest house or with host family – Accommodation on full board basis - Adobe building workshop - Traditional music night – Entrance fees to monuments and architectural sites - 1 professional guide throughout the duration of the trip - 24h24 Assistance

Extra services not included:

Airplane tickets - Drinks - Tips for staff – Optional activities – Travel health and cancellation insurance (upon request, Direction Sud will help you identify the most suitable for your needs). Direction Sud guarantees no hidden costs or other extra fees.

Stages of the trip

6 days / 5 nights

Ait Ben Haddou – Ounila Valley – Telouet – Ouarzazate – Oasis of Skoura – Draa Valley
Starting from Marrakech, we’ll reach Ait Ben Haddou driving through the central High Atlas mountains and the Tizi n 'Tichla pass. On the first day, the guided visit of the majestic Ksar will give us the unique opportunity to dive into the history and traditions of the Great South, having a first glance of the ancient earth and straw techniques. Over the following days, the journey will include on-site experiential workshops and guided visits to famous historic monuments and architectural sites, as the beautiful palace of Taorirte in Ouarzazate, the Taznakht Kasbah and the traditional berber villages in the Ounila valley, the ancient Glaoui Palace in the wide green valley of Telouet, the kasbah of Amridil in the oasis of Skoura and the countless fortified villages hidden in the lush palm grove of the Draa valley. During the practical sessions, we’ll learn the techniques for the preparation of adobe (earth and straw building material) and participate in the construction/restoration of real portions of buildings. The multilingual staff of Direction Sud will ensure the transmission of knowledge and traditional techniques between local craftsman and participants.