The main Moroccan dish most people are familiar with is couscous.
Beef is the most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco, usually eaten in tagine, a shallow clay dish, with a wide variety of vegetables. Chicken is also very commonly used in tagines or roasted. They also use additional ingredients such as plums, boiled eggs, and lemon.
Tagine has a unique taste of popular spices such as saffron, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cilantro, as well as ground red pepper.
Vegetarian meals are quite limited to vegetarian couscous and tagine or omelets. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets.
You will be staying in hotels, riads, guesthouses, and a desert camp.
Accommodations are double occupancy. Solo travelers will be paired with someone of the same gender.
You can request a friend to be your roommate upon checkout. If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
A traditional Moroccan riad is a home with multiple stories that centers around an open-air courtyard that contains a fountain. Riads were once the estates of the wealthiest citizens, merchants, and courtiers. The building is in the shape of a rectangle with different rooms on each of the four sides.
In the modern era, most riads have been converted to boutique hotels and guesthouses.
Moderate: This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities.
Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.
Of course! This is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. We can also help you set up other optional activities if you'd rather do that.
Please be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of your trip.
You’ll be in private, comfortable, and air-conditioned vehicles throughout your entire trip.
Early spring and autumn are probably the best time to visit Morocco and especially the Sahara desert as temperatures are more pleasant. Whatever time you decide to travel to the Sahara, be sure to pack extra layers to protect your skin and face from the sun and the sand. Temperatures can drop significantly, even in the warmer months, and layers will also help to keep you warm.
The lighter the better! If you only have a rolling suitcase that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag, like a large backpack, that would be better. We take all forms of transportation and some accommodations don’t have elevators. You'll also want a daypack for your personal gear, food, and drinks for the day.
Yes, laundry is available in most hotels at an additional cost. Ask your Trip Leader for more information.
Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, and shops. However, smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash.
We recommend you don't drink tap water in Morocco, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. Bottled water is widely available in Morocco. Don’t forget to pack motion sickness tablets and diarrhea blockers in your first aid kit.
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