Folks, a favorite roving integrate usually got behind from their latest trip. Have we been following their swell around a world?
They usually got behind from Morocco!
Morocco is severely cool. From a thespian Atlas Mountains to a prohibited Sahara desert—not to discuss a colorful cities—this nation is a must-see on any traveler’s bucket list. Let’s see how Darek and Ilona’s weeklong outing panned out!
1.) What desirous we and Darek to revisit Morocco?
Ilona: The colors and a architecture! I’ve desired Arabic design given we visited Alhambra Castle in Spain. Then, we saw a garland of cinema from my friends who visited Morocco and we desired how colorful a nation seemed to be. It’s been on a bucket list ever since!
Darek: The people, a sharp food, and a Atlas Mountains.
2.) What were we many vehement about before arriving?
Ilona: we consider Chefchaouen, a blue city. When we was doing investigate progressing about what to see in Morocco, we found Chefchaouen, and after saying a Google Images formula we knew we had to see this place. It looked amazing. Fes was a other place that we was extraordinary about. we found an essay that pronounced Fes is identical to what Marrakech used to be like, years ago before a tourists came. So we wanted to see pure, genuine Morocco.
Darek: The hiking! The prominence of this outing was a travel adult to Toubkal, a tip rise in North Africa during 13,671 feet. we was also looking brazen to pushing in Morocco. A lot of people told me not to lease a car, since drivers there are so crazy and they don’t conform any trade laws. So, of course, after alighting in Casablanca we rented a tiny European automobile with a primer shifter. So that was another fun thing that we was looking brazen to!
3.) Can we give us a discerning overview of your itinerary?
Ilona: We landed in Casablanca on Saturday. From there, we gathering true to Marrakech with a stop in El Jadida, an aged Portuguese pier city.
We stayed in Marrakech for 2 nights. On Sunday, we hired a cab motorist to uncover us a city, that was a good idea. He was a cab motorist and a beam in one, and it usually cost $30 for him to uncover us around for half a day!
Then, on Monday, we started hiking. We hiked to a Refugio—a hut—in a mountains, and afterwards went on to strech a tip of Toubkal on Tuesday, before streamer behind to Marrakech.
We spent one some-more night in Marrakech, afterwards gathering to Fes on Wednesday, and kept relocating to Chefchaouen on Thursday. We arrived during night, and a roads were so bad that what should have been a 3 hour outing indeed took seven.
Friday was my birthday! We spent a initial partial of a day in Chefchaouen and afterwards gathering to Casablanca. We partied in Casablanca until Sunday, when it was time to fly behind home. Whew!
(This sounds like an overwhelming trip, am we right?)
4.) What was it like to travel to a tip rise in North Africa?
Ilona: Tough and challenging.
Darek: It was like heaven. Lack of oxygen, canned food, waking adult during 3:30 am, rain—
Ilona: This is what we call heaven?!
(I’m with you, Ilona!)
Darek: We smiled all a approach up. we consider it’s heaven. It was tough and strenuous, yet after dual days of hiking, when we can finally lay down during a tip with a appetite bar in your left palm and an appetite splash in your right, meaningful that there’s zero above we for thousands of miles—it’s like heaven. Thank integrity for a mules who carried a lot of a things!
Ilona: And a perspective is amazing.
5.) Of a cities we visited, that was your favorite?
Ilona: we desired Chefchaouen. we know a name is so tough to pronounce—it sounds unequivocally French—for me it’s like “chauffeur.” Anyway, this city is like a dream. After a hassles of Marrakech and Fes, it was unequivocally relaxing. People are good to you, they don’t worry you, and they aren’t constantly perplexing to sell we something as if you’re usually a walking wallet. It was lovely. Plus, a plcae is great. The city is surrounded by a Rif Mountains. Amazing!
Darek: we determine with Ilona. “Chauffeur” wins a competition. At a commencement we desired Marrakech. Even yet it was bustling and dirty, it was unequivocally Arabic, and we favourite that. But after walking around in Chefchaouen we altered my mind. “Chauffeur” even kick Imlil for me, a place where we hiked adult to Toubkal.
6.) What was your favorite knowledge in Morocco?
Ilona: Staying during a Moroccan riad! Riads are normal Moroccan houses or palaces with a executive courtyard. We listened that they’re identical to a bed and breakfast and that we should stay there during slightest once. we totally agree! We had an extraordinary experience. We stayed in riads in Marrakech and Fes, and a owners welcomed us as if we were family. They greeted us with Berber whiskey (mint tea), let us select a room—they even baked breakfast and cooking for us whenever we were prepared to eat. The staff was super accessible was always prepared to assistance us during any time.
Darek: Getting to correlate with a people. We didn’t have any languages in common—even yet they pronounce 3 other languages, Arabic, Berbera and French—but they unequivocally went a additional mile to promulgate with us.
7.) What was a biggest plea we experienced?
Darek: The travel to a tip rise in North Africa was zero compared to a expostulate to Chefchaouen. we used to be a veteran driver. we won a few automobile races, yet that didn’t even ready me for a highway we took from Fes to Chefchaouen. According to Google Maps, a expostulate should have taken about 3 hours.
Instead, a 130 miles we gathering took 7 hours—not since of complicated traffic, yet since of all a pot holes and blank pavement. we was propitious to switch my rigging from 1 to 2 during some tools and to expostulate during 12 mph instead of 6mph. we was many fearful of losing my wheals or violation suspension. There was zero around—our dungeon phone didn’t have accepting and a internal people looked during us like they’d never seen tourists before.
Ilona: Did we see a movie, American Sniper? The highway and a towns we were flitting were like a stage from that movie. Can we suppose it?
Darek: But now it’s usually like a good adventure. And a impulse we had a drink in Chefchaouen, we forgot about all a problems and usually remembered a good landscape that we saw on a approach there.
8.) What recommendation would we give to other travelers formulation to revisit Morocco?
Ilona: As I’m certain we noticed, we was unequivocally tender by Chefchaouen, so unequivocally go there. Stay in a riad and knowledge a best liberality ever. Also, keep an eye on your wallet! Whatever we wish to buy during a market, order a cost during slightest by 3 when we haggle, and be prepared to have some additional change in your pocket. Sooner or after you’ll have to compensate somebody for display we a approach or assisting we out. But don’t get me wrong—it’s a good country—just watch out for a scams!
Darek: Be prepared for a miss of infrastructure. we was awaiting Morocco to be identical to a southern European nation before we landed, yet we was so wrong. Morocco is still unequivocally behind Europe in terms of infrastructure. The supervision unequivocally needs to deposit some-more income in creation a nation some-more tourist-friendly.
We saw monuments that were several centuries aged that were sealed and surrounded by piles of garbage. There are so many people in a streets perplexing to sell their services to acquire some income to feed their families—with usually a small bid and planning, those monuments could be remade into traveller attractions and a source of income for a Moroccan people.
Ilona: But maybe afterwards it would remove a whole beauty. Because Morocco is as it is. It’s not Europe, it’s not a US, it’s not even unequivocally Africa—Morocco is Morocco with all a con and beauty and that’s what creates this nation so smashing and unique. The best approach to find out? Go revisit for yourself!
Darek and Ilona’s Morocco outing sounds flattering amazing, am we right? They visited roughly all of a vital cities, hiked to a tip of North Africa’s tallest peak, and had some critical adventures on a road.
Have we ever visited Morocco? Is it on your bucket list? What would we do if we had a possibility to visit? Let us know in a comments!