|Michael's tip: First Time|
|Trekking in the ravines just north of Tinerhir is one of the coolest things to do in the unbelievable Moroccan scenery. Above all it's the experiences you collect in Morocco's natural surroundings what makes this country such a worth-while destination. In the High Atlas mountains you may grasp the breathtaking scenery the first day, the second day go ski in Oukaimeden and the third day rumble round in the hectic Marrakech. Also look at images from this country in Minaret Moroccan Vision .|
|One of the obvious touristic views are the sand dunes at Merzouga in the southeastern corner of Morocco. The area can be reached by landrover leaving from Erfoud or Rissani. A precious thing about this region is the very dry air, which is equally sensitive towards your respiratory organ as its temperature is dependent on the shining of the sun. The air responds immediately and the difference in temperature between day and night really hits you.|
|With point of departure in Agadir or Inezgane you take the SATAS-bus in direction towards Tan-Tan. To go by bus in the South is something entirely different from doing it in the
North. The northern companies go fast, they stick to the time table, the luggage is put inside the bus (not on the roof) and the passengers keep up a somewhat European attitude. When
travelling in the South, the journey will take its time and the people are easy-going.
The coach is passing the silver town Tiznit and if you don't want to go off here, maybe it's about time when you enter "the gate to the Sahara" - Goulimine (Guelmim). The town gives a touristic Arabian camel market and one decent hotel. From Goulimine you can reach the lovely beach Plage Blanche. If you don't want to proceed further south, there is a bus to the old Spanish town Sidi Ifni, and from there you can go on by grand taxi to the hippie paradise Mirhleft in order to finally return to Tiznit.
"Welcome! Where are you from? Today is special day..." The first meeting with Morocco is always one and the same: a youngster is approaching you when you've passed the customs in Tanger or
left the boat in Ceuta. Skillfully switching between greeting phrases, tokens of friendship, local information and questions wrapped up in a shower-bath of servility, he is using the time
to find out which languages you speak, what the purpose of your journey is, how much experience you do have of Morocco and what you would like to do for the moment. In a few minutes he will
decide whether to leave you in order to welcome another newly arrived tourist or cling on to you. His objectives are to get you into a hotel or a carpet dealer shop, or get you into a
grand-taxi, all places where he gets provision, or he wants to show you the town for some money. He's one of the faux-guides - private guides - that makes himself a living on
These private guides (- there are official guides too -) are frankly a part of every trip to Morocco. They cannot be avoided, but they can be dealt with - more or less successfully so. There are several strategies that can be used and which one you choose depends of course on what kind of person you are yourself and upon the particular situation. It is highly recommended though, that you before leaving the ferry-boat in Tanger consider different approaches that you might use. Else the chance is apparent that you'll spend a lot of money on things and services you don't need.
Naturally you won't run into the private guides everywhere. At Agadir, for example, the police keep them under control, and Casablanca seems to be too much of a big world metropolis to let these persons get a foothold. Their favourite places are instead Tanger, Tetouan, Fèz, Marrakech, Ouarzazate and other places where tourists are frequently emerging. But, please do not draw any conclusions about the entire Moroccan people on basis of the experiences you will have with les faux-guides!
|Michael's tip: First time|