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Though you could easily spend the majority of your vacation wandering around Marrakech's medina or historic mosques, no visit to Morocco would be complete without exploring the country's desert. A variety of tour options are offered, including all-terrain drives, camel rides and hikes. The Ourika Valley, the Atlas Mountains, Ouzoud Falls and the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou (a UNESCO World Heritage-listed group of clay dwellings that once served as a trading post) are just some of the locales you may see during a desert tour.
For half- or full-day excursions from Marrakech, visitors recommend local companies like M & A Tours, Dunes & Desert Exploration and Arib Voyages, citing their friendly guides and tasty lunches (which are served at a local restaurant or in a Berber home) as highlights. Multiday tours are also available from traveler-approved operators, such as RoughTours Company and Moroccan Active Adventures. These trips generally cover a few meals and accommodations (either a tent at a camp or a room at a hotel) for some or all nights of the itinerary.
Desert tour prices vary by activity, company and trip duration but commonly start at 40 euros (about $50) per person and include hotel pick-ups and drop-offs. Additional charges may apply to enter attractions that are a part of tour itineraries. Due to Morocco's conservative culture, several tour operators recommend keeping your shoulders, chest, midriff and knees covered while on an excursion and throughout your stay. Most companies offer tours daily.