Trees of Morocco

goats in tree moroccoEveryone has different reasons for traveling Morocco. Some are simply interested in touring the popular sites and cities like Casablanca or Rabat, places they’ve read about in their travel guides. They may make the rounds of the museums, historical landmarks, ancient ruins and bustling markets, or they may want to enjoy some of the local entertainment or experience the culture on different levels.

Still, others are attracted to the natural beauty of the country or a particular region. Those who wish to see the country’s flora and fauna to express their eco-tourist inclinations have plenty of options in Morocco.

You can start by appreciating the trees of this North African nation. It’s possible to find all sorts of trees that are common to most countries in the world but there are a handful of species indigenous to this land. (more…)

Ecotourism in Morocco

ecotourism ecotravel moroccoEcotourism is a serious buzzword in travel these days but what does it actually mean to travel eco-responsibly and to experience an eco tour in Morocco?

According to the International Ecotourism Society, “ecotourism is responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well being of local people.”

Based on this definition, ecotourism isn’t just about visiting beautiful natural areas; it is about making a positive impact to the area traveled.

As you prepare for your time on a trip in Morocco, here are five ways you can ensure that your trip will benefit the environment and its local people.

1. Respect the Environment

Morocco, with its mountains, valleys, gorges, deserts, plains, beaches and forests, is a land of immense and diverse natural beauty.  The land is perfect for trekking trips but it is important to follow Leave No Trace ethics to respect both the land and the people that live there.

Always remember that if you pack it in you need to pack it out.  Consider bringing your own water filter and bottle to reduce the need for plastic water bottles, which only contributes to waste problems in Morocco.  If you need to wash yourself, clothes or dishes make sure you are at least 200 feet away from rivers or lakes and use only biodegradable soap.  Every small act of conversation goes a long way in preserving Morocco’s unique ecosystems. (more…)