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We took our day trip to Ouzoud Falls with IGoMorocco and the tour cost approximately €21 per person. Considering the 3-hour drive each way and the 2-hour guided tour itself, this was a decent price.
Roundtrip Transportation from Marrakech
We were picked up in the main square which was a 10-minute walk straight through the medina from our riad. As I previously mentioned, it was 3 hours each way in a comfortable, air-conditioned mini-bus. On the way there and on the way back, we stopped for 15-20 minutes at convenience stores to get drinks, snacks and use the restroom.
However, we were not dropped off at the same place. The driver dropped everyone else off at the front door to their hotels. Since our riad is right on the edge of the medina this made it a little harder for a front door drop-off. But, he dropped us off even further away than where he picked us up. So we returned at 6pm and then had a 15-minute walk back to our riad.
Falls From Above
We started at the top looking down on the Falls. I remember thinking they looked just like they did in photos that I had seen.
I was excited to see the rainbow as this is one of the reasons I wanted to see the Falls. Do you see it? 🙂
We walked around behind the falls…
and got a great view of them from this overlook!
In addition to the rainbows, I was looking forward to seeing the monkeys that live around the Falls.
Isn’t this hilarious? I had seen a random monkey jump straight onto people’s heads as they walked past so I thought I would be on the lookout. However, one caught me off guard while I was taking a photo and the next thing I knew he was on my head and shoulders and then gone again!
A similar thing happened to me in Perú so I guess monkeys like me?
Don’t we all have days where we feel like this? One monkey in this photo has the other one trained well!
Falls From Below
After leaving the monkeys, we made our way to the bottom of the Falls where they came into our view completely. To me, it was a very unique backdrop as it is different from any other waterfall backdrop I have seen in the past.
At the end of our tour, before lunch, we had the option to take a boat ride out to see the Falls up close…
or go swimming. I wasn’t interested in doing either, but for those who are, on this tour, we only had 15 minutes to do either activity. It wound up being more like 20-25 minutes, but even if I had been interested, that wasn’t enough time for me to bother (especially for swimming).
Instead, I enjoyed my time wandering around getting photos of my favorite summer flower and watching and listening to the Falls!
We arrived at noon which was the hottest and probably busiest time of day, but because of the amount of time it takes to get there and back, it’s not exactly avoidable.
On arrival, we were met by a guide which, in my opinion, you don’t need and I don’t recommend if you are able to get there independently. It was cheaper for us to do this organized tour with the guide because we needed the transportation.
However, the guide was extra. So, if you are renting a car, then I would definitely recommend exploring on your own. Basically, the only reason I don’t recommend the guide is personal preference as I tend to like to explore places on my own timeframe.
Time for lunch was included on the tour, but the cost of lunch was not. We were taken to a restaurant on the property and given a choice of two entrees. The cost of lunch was around 10 USD per person which is a moderately priced lunch in Morocco.
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Where To Stay
After our day trip, we relaxed in our beautiful riad, the Riad Dar Anika! For those who aren’t familiar with the term “riad”, it’s a traditional Moroccan house that has a central courtyard open to the sky. They typically are multi-story and have fountains in the courtyard. I absolutely love the concept and I loved our first riad…
Riad Dar Anika
Welcome to the Riad Dar Anika! Marrakech was our first stop in Morocco and after clearing customs, we were picked up and taken to this beautiful, luxury boutique riad located at the entrance to the old souk in the medina.
When we walked in, were guided through a beautiful courtyard and into a welcoming room where we sat on a plush couch.
As they checked us in, they served us mint tea with milk and snacks such as dates and cookies. Our first Moroccan mint tea! In case you are wondering, yes, it was absolutely fantastic.
Mint tea is one of my favorite things to drink so I was definitely looking forward to having it all around Morocco!
Isn’t the pool beautiful? The room in the back, middle of the photo is the hospitality or “check-in” room.
Gorgeous flowers were found throughout, but I particularly loved these. Their colors were beautiful and they smelled heavenly!
When we walked into our room, we were met with the most charming surprise. The room had so much personality!
There was Moroccan decor with flowers carefully placed in a pattern on the bed…
Arabic danced around the walls, an inviting fruit basket was on the table and the light fixture captured my attention immediately!
In the corner was the cutest sitting area. It was my favorite part of the room!
Not only was our bottle of water in a hot pink (my favorite color) holder, but there were more snacks arranged on different plates and all the mirrors made it look like they multiplied for miles. Really cool visual!
And then we walked into this bathroom. The vanity and sink were just beautiful. I loved, once again, all the fresh roses and rose petals everywhere!
It just had an elegant feel and there were even towel sculptures-see the swan in the background?
The shower was quite roomy and had a stained-glass window.
Even the toiletries came in the cutest containers. I love different, unique and creative ideas like this!
Breakfast was included and it was AMAZING. It was our first Moroccan breakfast experience and I remember thinking, if this is a typical breakfast in Morocco, then I will be looking forward to breakfast every, single morning!
Once again, gorgeous flowers were on the table. I couldn’t help but think these orange flowers highlighted another awesome staple in Morocco. Freshly squeezed orange juice. It is delicious!! There is nothing else in it but juice straight from the orange. OJ will never be the same now!
And then there are these. Moroccan Crepes. With honey. And sometimes we made honey butter. Yes, please!!! Homemade, light, fluffy and completely amazing!
Can you see why we loved breakfast in Morocco?
Rest of the Riad
On one side there’s a rooftop terrace to relax on
and on the other side, grab a drink with a friend while you look out over Marrakech.
Everywhere I looked, there were the cutest sitting areas tucked away on every floor of the riad…
and areas like this where you could overlook the pretty courtyard!
Even the stairs were gorgeous!
After you get in from a day of exploring, head up to the roof where the restaurant comes alive for dinner.
Riad Dar Anika definitely lived up to its description of “luxury boutique” and it truly was a fun place to stay!
I highly recommend a day trip to Ouzoud Falls if you have the time. Most people do an organized tour like we did mainly for the transportation. If you decide to go this route, IGoMorocco is a good tour company although there were the couple of things I mentioned I would have preferred to have gone differently.
If you are looking for a place to stay, Riad Dar Anika is very charming with friendly staff and beautiful rooms. It’s also very convenient to the medina!
I’m just getting started with Morocco and I have so much more to share with you so stay tuned! Have you been to Morocco? Where was your favorite place? 🙂
‘Til next time…