Local Traditions, Marrakesh
On a trip out of Marrakesh to Essaouria we went through an area which is home to goats that climb trees (allegedly). A goat may well have climbed an argan tree in the past in order to eat the fruit or even escape from some perceived threat, but the tree-climbing goats are now so famous, they have no need to go to the effort of actually climbing.
I am not sure who is the more exploited – the goats, who are unceremoniously thrust up into the trees by the goatherds, or the tourists, who present a captive market for the lucrative photo-opportunities as their tour buses halt by the roadside.
I do not think that the goats suffer as a result of the practice. They just looked very bored.
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Why are you laughing? You will also end riding a camel, so why laugh?
Don't ask me where and how - you will stumble on it, so... bargain!
First of all: Don't drink this water!!
Water sellers are friendly guys. If you want to take a photo of them, chaffer the price in advance! € 0.50 is adequate!