The trips into the mountain ranges of Morocco continue! Last weekend I went to a Berber village in the High Atlas mountains near Marrakech. The village was on top of a mountain, meaning that just getting to it was part of the fun. It took us about two hours to navigate the winding path up the side of the mountain. It was worth the hike; when we got to the top, we were greeted by a man who is trying to develop the village up there by building the schoolhouse and improving how the families share resources for their crops. We also got to try his blackberry, fig, and rosehip jams, and to sit on the terrace in the afternoon and face this view:
When we walked up to the village’s reservoir, we could see all of their sloping barley fields and the village perched on the hill.
The views were also beautiful at night. We could see so many stars, and the birds chirped all through the evening.
The landscape in the south of Morocco is very different from that of the northern and coastal areas, as we saw on our drive back through Marrakech. There are more palms trees, and it becomes very hot and dry in the summer away from the coast.