Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Day at the Ouzoud Waterfalls

The day after we got back to Marrakech from our desert camping tour, Kerridwen, Zaira, Arturo, and I set off again. This time, we visited the Ouzoud Waterfalls.

The second-tallest waterfalls in Africa (after Victoria Falls), the Ouzoud Waterfalls are simply a marvel. The hikes are intense, the mist is cooling, wild monkeys are jumping, and rainbows are everywhere. It feels so freeing, exploring natural in its raw element. Trips like these make me yearn for more adventure in my life, and they leave me feeling empowered and inspired.

Here's a short video I put together of this day trip:

Hopping around the various waterfalls and pools was fun, but it was incredible to take a boat ride through the grand falls' mist! I've never visited Niagara Falls, but I imagine that this was similar to (but on a much smaller scale than) the Maid of the Mist.

Without a doubt, feeding the monkeys was the highlight of the trip. How often does one get to meet monkeys in the wild? They were cute and hilarious, and surprisingly didn't act as thieves. The only thing they stole was a piece of bread from one woman's purse!

Like the desert trip, we used Marrakech Rouge Hostels as our tour company. Again, lunch was ridiculously overpriced--100 dh--and we were expected to tip the tour guide 20-30 dirham and pay 10 dirham for the boat ride, equaling 13-14€ in hidden fees. Regardless, this trip was much better organized and easily worth the money we spent!

Let me know if you've been here or are planning on visiting in the near future. And if you go, make sure to take lots of monkey photos for me! ;)

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