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    Main Square

    by mariquita Written Jul 6, 2003

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    The main Square is very famous and praised in all the tourist guides, but I found it was horrible. The architecture is totally uninteresting and the attractions were either adressed at the tourist or not understandable. the atmosphere was strange but not interesting.

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    Camel Ride

    by la0124 Written May 29, 2003

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    If you must then do so but remember to bargain. My friend wanted to do a camel ride and our "guide" took us to his friend who own such. It started at something like $50 dollars for an hour. My friend was able to haggle down to $15 an hour.

    Fun Alternatives: Tell them that you just want to ride the camel for 10-15 minutes to take pictures. Most often than not, they would agree to lower their price.

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    LE PALMERAIE of MarrakeshThis...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    LE PALMERAIE of Marrakesh
    This palm trees wood in the north of Marrakesh used to be a nice oasis to walk around in the evenings and see the sunsets. Now a lot of rich people have built houses all around and the place is like a normal luxury urbanization, with a few palms: paved streets, high walls...
    If you want to see a real oasis, you gotta go out of Marrakesh, a bit further!

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    It is important to remember...

    by brewjohnson Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It is important to remember when you are traveling in any part of Morocco (but especially around the square in Marrakesh) that there are hundreds of people out there who would love to swindle you out of your money. You may meet locals who take you under their wing. Be wary, some of these people are the real deal, but many are only trying to gain your confidence so they can pressure you into that big sale before you leave. It seems that just about anyone you meet has a brother, cousing, and uncle in the rug business. Just because someone has spent the past couple of days showing you their city, don't let them pressure you into buying something you don't want...trust me, they'll try.

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    It is an interesting country...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    It is an interesting country and perhaps some of us just don't understand all of these things. It all seems like a tourist trap to us.

    The tour guides are all wired into the scheme and the scheme is in your pocket or your handbag. It is a very elementary equation, you have what they want and they have what you don't need. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Ancient traditions always prevail .

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    Jun 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    When we were in Marakesh, we were overcharged at the food stalls. Be sure to count ur money, esp at food stall number 1. They are liars and cheaters. My friend who is from Senegal was discriminated against at the Hotel Amira et Vacances, so be aware that if you are African from Africa they will hate you even though u pay ur bill. In fact, I was apalled by how the Moroccans treat fellow Africans who are also Muslim. It is based upon their skin color and many Moroccans are racist toward black skinned Africans. Some of the scammers are also children who come up to you and start eating off of your plate! The henna women also try to cheat you and ask you to choose a design and then ask for a ridiculous amount of money. Dont pay it! Even after u agree upon the price, the design u choose is NOT the one she puts on your hand. I noticed the change but it was only 20 dirham, so I just paid and walked away. A man then came along and told me to give her more money. I told him to give her some of his money. He left me alone after that. I also tell them that I live in Morocco and I know the Moroccan price. Dont fall for their nonsensical bulls%$#@ of giving you "a democratic price". I firmly tell them I want the local Moroccan price. Some of these food vendors have no shame or decency. At one food stall in the square I was looking for my friend Abdul and his co worker told me he had died in a motorcycle accident. I was sad and upset so I ate there to talk about him. Well, the con artist told me this sad little story, I paid the bill and left. A few days later, I asked again about the death of my friend and he said, Abdul is not dead. There he is! I hugged my friend and asked the man why he lied and upset me. He said, business was very slow and he knew that if he told me Abdul was dead, I would spend my money at his stall. Can u believe this???? He thought it was funny. I found it cruel.

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    Apr 21, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    when I'm hassled in Marrakech....I usually say i live there and they stop immediately.

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