We had an amazing time in Morocco!
Our arrival was delayed by a day waiting for clearance from Port Authorities, which allowed us time for our first swim call while we were waiting in the harbour! This was a really fun experience for everyone.
The next morning we headed off bright and early on our excursion out to the desert. We arrived a day after Eid Kbir, so a lot of the shops were closed in the morning on the way out, however we were still able to stop for a quick coffee and snack in Taroudant. Our next stop was next to some argan trees, where we learned how unique argan products and oil is, and that Morocco is the only region in the world where the argan trees grow. We also stopped at a rug co-operative and were welcomed to enjoy a picnic lunch. They taught us about the process and culture of handmade rugs, and a number of us purchased items to bring home.
Just outside of the town of Zagora we stopped for tea on top of an old Kasbah. It was great to learn a little bit of the history of the Kasbah, and provided a wonderful view of the surrounding town. That evening we stayed in a hotel in Zagora, getting a good night's rest and cooling down in the hotel pool.
On our second morning, we headed off towards the desert making a couple of stops along the way. Our first stop was in a smaller town outside of Zagora, where we toured the outside of a mosque and learned about pottery production in the region. We were able to purchase some handmade pottery directly from the source before continuing our journey to the desert.
After a wonderful lunch, complete with tagine, we hopped on our camels and started the trek to our camp. Upon arrival at our camp site, we were greeted by a Berber music and dance group, with 15 beautiful tents surrounded by sand dunes. The experience was lovely. We climbed up the highest dune to enjoy the sunset before dinner. Following dinner we enjoyed more music and dancing. The night ended with a bonfire and some acoustic guitar.
The next morning we got back on our camels for the trek back to the ship. We had a few stops along the way to Taouline, stopping in Agdz for lunch and eating some fresh dates from the tree. Our hotel provided us with a nice view of the Atlas mountains while we enjoyed a tagine couscous dinner.
The following day, we had a walk through the saffron fields, learning about the production of the spice. In the afternoon, we journeyed to Taroudant and spent the afternoon practicing our bartering skills at the Souks and sampling fresh orange juice.
It was a wonderful, jam-packed week full of new memories and experiences. We can safely say we have enjoyed many types of transport on our journey so far - flight, sail, taxis and camels!