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    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 29, 2004

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    As one of several fortified ksours along the road, the one of Aït Youl is among the largest.
    Protected by the mountains, and protecting the fertile fields along the river, it was naturally turned into a fortified dwelling.

    A��t Youl

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    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 29, 2004

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    It is clear that the most dramatic part of the Dades Valley is along the normal road before you reach Aït Oudinar. Some places the mountains turn and twist into formations not seen many other places, but even better is it that the intense red colour does not fade.

    Strange Rock Formation

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    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 29, 2004

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    The drive through the Dades Valley will not lead you to any landmarks, but there is a mind-bending drama in catching how life conditions change quickly as you and your vehicle slowly rise in altitude, and as the valley gets more and more narrow.

    A small town

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    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 29, 2004

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    Favorite thing: HOTELS AND ALTERNATIVES
    Just one hotel right before the steep climb into the mountain, where the asphalt stops, and most cars turn around. Beyond this hotel, the local population is used to visitors in need of room for the night, so simply by asking around, you will be told who will let you use their guest room until cockcrow.

    RESTAURANTS AND ALTERNATIVES
    Just like you will have to do with accommodation, eating should be done improvised. Buying food is possible — every major village has some kind of grocery store. Your only proper meal is done at the hotel right before the climb into the mountains.

    SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES
    Forget about your car, and walk through Dades until you reach the area of the Todra. Trained walkers should be able to do this easily in a day, as it is no more than 60- 70 km. Hitch hiking is possible for parts of the journey.

    CHANGE MONEY
    No banks. The nearest ones are in Ouarzazate and Tinerhir. You cannot rely upon Boumalne.

    TRANSPORT
    No regular transport, so your own vehicle, your feet or a rented taxi is what you need to enter the Dades. The last is arranged in Boumalne du Dades.

    IMPORTANT
    Driving can be dangerous outside summer. Crossing the mountain is done only in 4x4s.

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    by amsterdam_vallon Written Feb 29, 2004

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    Favorite thing: HOTELS AND ALTERNATIVES
    Fair selection on hotels, but little for travellers looking for comfort and elegance. The most expensive hotel is reportedly not worth the money, wbile the cheaper options are.

    RESTAURANTS AND ALTERNATIVES
    Better than for the hotels. Restaurants in the hotels, as well as a couple of independent, but basic, ones in town centre.

    NIGHTLIFE
    Nothing organized, tour groups will have to entertain themselves.

    CHANGE MONEY
    At last check, no banks. Stock up on dirhams in Ouarzazate (west) and Er Rachidia (east).

    TRANSPORT
    Buses and grand taxis to Ouarzazate (west) or Tinerhir (east) and beyond.
    In order to get up to the Todra Gorge, you will have to arrange for your own transport (hiring a car or a taxi — in both cases you will only get some 25 km deep (arond Aït Oudinar) before the road forces you to turn around. If you plan to go beyond this, you need to travel with a tour group or cough up the money needed to rent a 4x4 car and preferrably a driver, and perhaps even a local guide (roads are bad and there are many unposted junctions up in the mountain).
    If you want to head into the Sarhro Mountains, note that the roads are to bad for most normal vehicles. Renting your own 4x4 or joining a guided tour is the best for most. You could convince a taxi driver to take you some of the road, and then walk into the mountains on your own. If you do, you should be well experienced with hiking in mountains, equipped with a good map, a compass, provisions and a sleeping bag — or bring a guide and follow his instructions.

    Boumalne du Dades

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