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Country Life and Nature of the Rif Mountains

Rif Mountains HikingThe Rif Mountains in northern Morocco is a scenic and culturally rich area, easy and inexpensive to reach from Europe. We offer an 8-day program where we walk in the nature of Talassemtane National Park and participate in various Activities of the Berbers in the villages.
The people in this area call themselves Jbala, which means "mountain people". Most of them are Berber, members of the original inhabitants of North Africa, who adopted the Arabic language from the 10th century, but which is influenced by the Berber Amazigh language and Spanish.
They are engaged in agriculture, which is operated in a traditional way and on a small scale. In the program, we learn about Jbala families and get to know their daily lives and their handicrafts.
We also hike to natural sites such as the summit Jbel Lakkra and through the canyon of crystal clear river, Farda with the D'Akchour Falls and the Pont de Dieu rock formation.

Rif Mountains

Day 1
Pick up from Tangier or Fes airport and transfer to Chefchaouen. Accommodation with half boarding at Hotel Casa Hassan (or similar) in Chefchaouen.
Day 2
Early in the morning, we start our hike in the Talassemtane National Park for about 4 hours. Along the rocky path on Tissouka mountain, we have a wide view over the city of Chefchaouen and the foothills of the Oued Laou valley with its agriculturally cultivated areas. On the way, we see traditional mountain villages of the Rif. In Zaouiya Habtenne, our walk ends at Talassemtane Guesthouse, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, the guide will take us through the village and we observe the daily life in the village. All meals and accommodation overnight at Talassemtane Guesthouse.
Day 3
After breakfast, we attend cooking classes in the village, where we learn traditional bread baking and Tagine-style Jbala cooking. After lunch, we see a demonstration of how the traditional aromatic and medicinal herbs are distilled and we learn about the medicinal effects of these traditional healing products. Dinner and overnight at Talassemtane Guesthouse.
Day 4
After breakfast, we will walk through the park to Jbel Lakrra, the highest peak in the area with an altitude of 2159 m. The route takes us through unique geological formations, such as the caves Barod and el Mae. In this area, there are also many macaque monkeys. We have a picnic on the way. After about 7 hours we will be picked up by a vehicle and returned to the village of Zaouiya Habtenne where we eat and stay again at the Talassemtane Guesthouse.
Day 5
After breakfast, we drive about an hour in a village that is known for the pottery by Berber women. Aicha, an old woman who is keen to explain about their traditional pottery to visitors, demonstrates how she makes handicrafts made ​​of clay. We have lunch with her family. In the afternoon, we return to Zaouiya Habtenne. Dinner and overnight accommodation here.
Day 6
We check out after breakfast from the Talassemtane Guesthouse, and walk for about 6 hours, deeper into the Rif Mountains, until we reach the farmhouse of a Berber family. We have a picnic on the way. At the Berber house, we are greeted with tea and get insights about the agricultural activities of the Berbers. We eat at the farmhouse, and spend the night there.
Day 7
Morning walk to "Cascade D'Akchour". The scenery is breathtaking and the river water, crystal clear. On the Pont de Dieu, a canyon formation, through which the river Farda has flown, we take a picnic lunch and then continue through agricultural areas towards Douar Ouslaf and finally Akchour. There, we will be picked up and driven back to Chefchaouen, where we spend the night with half boarding at Hotel Casa Hassan (or similar).
Day 8
After breakfast, transfer to the airport at Tangier or Fes.

Country Life and Nature of the Rif Mountains

Duration: 8 Days
Language Requirements: German or English or French or Spanish
Location: Start at Airport of Tangier or Fes
Accommodation: See description
Price: In Tab "Rate"

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