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Nina Zara from Safari Junkie visited Dades Valley in January. We had a wonderful time, and I am glad to say she fell in love with my home village and the Dades Valley area.
For everyone looking for real Morocco, Dades Valley is a must visit. Groves of olive and fig trees, silent kasbah ruins from the past, Berber architecture and friendly people. From what I have seen in two weeks in Morocco, Dades Valley is one of the most picturesque places I have seen. One could easily say, Dades valley is a small but utterly spectacular version of the Grand Canyon! Its sheer mountain walls and fantastic geological rock formations add to its uniqueness and splendour, especially when the sun is shining and the sky is clear blue.
Welcome back anytime Nina!
There is probably abundace of guides, but I always recommend people that I personally met and the tours that I attend. I was guided by Ilias, Berber local guide, specialised in mountain trekking in Boulmalne Dades region who knows literally every stone in the canyon. Ilias took over all organisation since my arrival to Boumalne Dades and made sure my stay was basically perfect. I enjoyed warm berber hospitality through out my short stay, he made sure I was safe in the canyon, carried my heavy camera and other stuff we packed for the canyon trek. I learned about the history of the Dades region, the berber lifestyle, the culture and was fed with home cooked tagines that could not compare to any restaurant tagine I tried before.
Take a look at her blog post with nice images.