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Diggin’ the Dunes of Marrakech Morocco

by agness / Saturday, 09 January 2016 / Published in Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco is an exotic destination known for its narrow maze of streets running through the Medina (the old fortified city) and busy souks near the crowded square of Jemaa El fna. Getting lost while exploring the area is a right of passage, bartering with vendors in the Souks (a maze of covered markets) is an adventure unto itself and visiting a Hammam (Turkish Bath) is something everyone should try at least once. Dining on Moroccan Cuisine or taking a cooking course is a must too. But there is another adventure to be had just outside Marrakech in the surrounding Desert.

We were picked up near the Saadian Tombs at 9:00 am sharp to be whisked out to the rock desert to begin our Quad Bike Tour. It was exciting to drive through the new city of Marrakech and see a different side of life as we made our way to the outskirts of town. People in suits were rushing to work, men and women were sitting at coffee shops reading books and looking at their smart phones and McDonalds and KFC’s signs stood out among the modern buildings. We had been in Marrakech for 2 days and hadn’t left the Medina; a place where time stands sill and life continues as it has for hundreds of years and this was a stark contrast to the every day life that we had been witnessing.

Adventure in Marrakech Morocco

It ended up being an amazing decision as we were placed in a Dune buggy. Dune buggy’s offer more safety and stability than a quad. When on a tour, you can drive faster and play harder than you can on a quad bike, so we ended up being separated from everyone and were taken on our own trip through the desert. When we asked if we messed them up by asking to ride together, they said no problem at all. Quad bikes are a little more dangerous than dune buggy’s so they have to take it easier. Since we were in a Dune Buggy that had roll bars and seat belts, we could let loose a little more and have more fun. Therefore, we went in a separate direction than our four other companions. Shh, don’t tell them but We were taking a more adventurous route.

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