BERBER VILLAGE HIKE
Updated: Mar 30
Visiting a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains through Kasbah Du Toubkal was remarkable. It was so amazing to step outside our bubble and see the way people live in Imlil. The drive up was a little scary alongside the mountains with basically only one lane and two way traffic, but didn't take too long from Marrakech to Imlil, probably about an hour.
Once we started the hike, we learned our guide spoke excellent English and was very informative about the culture. We learned about their way of life, means of travel, education and so much more.
Throughout the hike, we were able to stop and get some scenic photos of Mount Toubkal. Our guide was amazing, guiding me through the steep areas (so helpful because I was pregnant).
Side note: We were not aware this was going to be an all-out hike. I was wearing ankle boots and a dress with leggings underneath. I would definitely advise gym shoes and comfy layers for the varying temps. Throughout the hike the terrain is sandy, rocky, and every wet at times.
We stopped in the Kasbah Du Toubkal to have a three-course lunch and some tea. Of course the food was amazing. Probably the best couscous we had the entire trip!
Be warned that the locals know the tour routes and set up shop accordingly. Don't be afraid to say no! We said yes to just "stepping inside" and ended up purchasing a large doormat. Not because we wanted to, but because we bought into their pitch of helping the local economy. We were glad to do it, but wish we didn't feel so pressured to get anything.