Oureka Valley, Marrakesh
Doing the Ourika Valley and Quad Bikes are a definite must in Marrakech, this way you have fun and enjoy the scenic surroundings around you.
Ourika valley with views of the Atlas mountains and Quads with the views of the Palamaraie grove plantations!
A trip to the Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains is a real visual treat and a great way to escape the madness of the city for a day/few hours!
We booked a trip with TTHP Maroc-Excursion, a company recommended by our riad. The guide/driver was excellent; a great driver on some bumpy, tricky roads; spoke excellent English and was a very friendly guy. I'd highly recommend using this company.
But whoever you book with, don't miss this trip. It really is beautiful!
Located in the magical Ourika valley at the foot of the Atlas mountains just one hour transfer from the centre of Marrakech city. This river has both an upper, middle and lower section. It is a half day rafting trip on each section or the sections can be combined to offer a full day rafting trip. This means that adventure seekers of all abilities will find a river trip that is suitable to their age and ability. Included are all equipment and collect and return from the centre of Marrakech . The Ourika river is grade 2-4 plus. The upper and middle sections provide steep and technical rafting!
The Ourika Valley is a very popular tourist destination for both visitors and Moroccans. The stunning back drop of the often snow covered Atlas mountains along with the steep sided gorge with the Ourika river running its length make this a must visit destination for those in Marrakech who want to get out of the hustle and the heat. Rafting trips here are a bit of a spectator sport and you will have all the local children and villagers clapping and cheering you as you pass down the river.
If you like to go around Marrakesh, Ourika is a good choice. You take a petit taxi for the grand taxi stop which is outside of the city. You find the taxi for Ourika and begin to bargain. 250 dh. is ok for roudtrip and then begin to climb the Atlas Mountains. When you reach Ourika, you must climb the waterfalls(Cataract) with childrens guidance for 5-15 dh. You feel the cool and begin to return.
The Oureka Valley is about 1 hour from Marrakech (by taxi). Good place to escape from the heat of the city.