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Morrocco, Ourika Valley – Setti Fatma Watefalls

Published: 13.8.2022
Ourika Valley is about 30 km from Marrakesh, literally on the high Atlas. A river of the same name flows through it, creating a narrow valley between the high mountains and a narrow valley on both banks.

If you come from the western deserted and vast plains, the entrance to the valley will be an unforgettable experience. Suddenly there are colors, smells, sounds and above all people. People who invite you to the parking lot in front of their house, to family restaurants whose colorful plastic chairs and tables are spread out literally everywhere, even in the trough of the ubiquitous river, into small souvenir stalls. An interesting natural monument has become such a great Morocco-style business.

the first waterfall   the edge Ourika valley   second waterfall

Just at the end of this valley, there is the village of Setti Fatma, which is ideal to go if you want to see the waterfalls that regulate the flow of Ourica in the hills. The waterfalls come across one of the many wooden bridges across the river. It doesn't really matter which way you go, all of them leading to theb maze of buildings over which the waterfalls are located. It is quite easy to get lost here, which is used by the locals, who will join you completely blatantly and want to take you up for a fee. However, their services do not need to be used at all, we soon found out that we could not go wrong, just go upstream. Guides will drag you through all the souvenir stores.

a vista over Setti Fatma village

Despite our off-season visit, the first waterfall was quite crowded, and as usual, thereOurika valley was refreshment in the middle of the road. Fortunately, here the guides turned the rest of the visitors down, saying that it was all, so we could go to the other waterfalls, which should be as nice as the first one. And indeed it was. The road to the forgotten waterfalls was somewhat more gritty and almost untroubled, but we were rewarded with views of the Ourika Valley and at its end with the entrance to a completely remote, covered plateau, where the largest waterfall ran. Thanks to the calm that ruled in this place, we also got a look at the undisturbed monkey colony that inhabits the opposite rocks. You can go down the shorter path that leads directly above the village and opens up completely new views of the valley.

ape colony at the second waterfall

The whole trip to the waterfalls took us about 3 hours with lunch, which we honestly brought up. It is a short, but quite steep hike, so I recommend equipping with good footwear and especially in the summer months a sufficient supply of fluids.

apes playing with cables

GPS: 31°13'39.9"N 7°40'20.6"W

Text and photos: Barbara Nováková

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