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Exploring the Atlas Mountains, North Africa

March 25, 2014
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We have so much to share with you – so much in fact that it’s hard to know where to start! As you may or may not know we recently went on the most amazing trip… to… Morocco, with our friends. It was our first ever time visiting Morocco and we were crazy excited. Like literally, so excited that we could hardly sleep. You may have seen the very brief post that we published A few days back when we were sat in the most quaint and picturesque riad. Before we start talking about our amazing time in Marrakesh, We actually wanted to share an amazing, and much more nature orientated experience we had. Visiting the Atlas mountain range! 🙂

We have to admit that we didn’t know too much about the Atlas Mountains  range when we first decided to explore Northern Africa. How could we have not known! spanning some 1600 miles across Northern Africa, from; Morocco to Algeria and Tunisia – it is most spectacular mountain range we have ever seen! We decided we would trek through the Atlas Mountains but hire a 4×4 SUV to explore some of the more remote areas of Morocco that would have taken days to walk! If you get the chance to actually visit Morocco definitely go to that Atlas Mountains, it is a lifetime experience that you cannot miss.

We started off our journey from Marrakesh early in the morning. After filling our tummies full of freshly brewed mint tea in the crisp morning sun first! Priorities, right? 🙂Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (1) Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (2) Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (3)Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (5) Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (6) Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (7) Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (8)Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (10) Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (11) Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains adventure trekking in Morocco on The White List (12)

it was a four hour drive deep into the valleys and mountaintops where we met quite a few locals who welcome us with open arms! The area  we specifically visited was the high Atlas range of the mountains. This is in the south-western area of Morocco. what was strange though especially coming from the UK, was changing between unbelievably warm temperatures to unbelievably cold and snowy environments. In the space of three hours. It was crazy – we are not used to that in London!

Going through the valleys we came across so many isolated towns and one where we found a family run cafe that served the most delicious Moroccan Tagines  you can ever imagine. Filled with  vegetables, spices and saffron that we couldn’t stop eating!

The town where we found this most amazing cafe was Imlil, a small picturesque settlement high in altitude which overlooked the valleys and hamlets of High Atlas below. Imlil sat at the summit of Toubkal, the highest Mountain in all of North Africa. It was truly breathtaking. Have a little look at some of our pictures below , we wanted to share some of the scenery and the delicious mint tea that we had. That’s the one thing that we’re missing much right now the mint tea – thankfully we bought a teapot! Phew, crisis averted!

Lookout for a few more more Moroccan posts, as we have so much more to share with you from; snakes and monkeys, to to leather and mosques 🙂

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