Located in southwest Morocco, the Anti-Atlas Mountains are far off the beaten path and can deliver an unspoiled experience for travelers willing to make the journey. This range derives its name from its big, better-known northern neighbors, the High Atlas Mountains, where walking and trekking in Morocco was made popular; “Anti-Atlas” means “Lesser Atlas.”
This range is hardly lesser, however, except when it comes to a tourist population. Within the mountains, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the landscape and glimpses of Berber village life without a crush of other visitors. The Anti-Atlas range extends all the way to Ouarzazate, where many choose to begin tours of the Sahara Desert, so many itineraries combine mountain and desert. (more…)
For the most part, Morocco is a safe country, and the majority of travelers will never encounter any trouble. But, there are some specific cons that the country is known for. It’s always smart to be prepared and cautious especially in urban cities and in the souks where visitors are easily confused and overwhelmed. The tourist police force (Brigade Touristique) have cracked down on hustlers and con men, so the harassment isn’t as bad as it was a decade ago, but a few classic cons still exist.
I’m a seasoned long-term traveler, but on my trip to Marrakech during Ramadan, I fell prey to two con artists. Nothing but my pride was hurt and I didn’t lose any money, but I learned some lessons in street smarts for Morocco. (more…)