You are on a time budget, but desperately want to go to Africa to check another continent off the bucket list. What do you do in Morocco if you only have two days?
Take a day trip to Marrakech. You can rent a taxi driver for the day so that you don’t have to worry about how you’re getting back to your hotel, hostel, or Airbnb. In Marrakech you can do an hour-long camel ride with a pit stop a local woman’s house where she will serve you Moroccan tea and crepes. You won’t be in the Sahara Desert as that takes more than two days to fully experience. However, you will be in a desert like area. It will be more like orange sand with rocks in it. Forget what the ground looks like, you can walk up and hug your camel and it won’t matter what part of the desert you’re in. Camels will try to snip at you if you interfere while they are eating, my friend learned the hard way. If you don’t bother them when they are eating, they are very kind animals that love ear scratches.
After camel riding, you can rent ATVs for one hour and cruise the backroads and barren landscape of Marrakech. If you’re an adrenaline junkie and enjoy going fast and making sharp turns, then this is for you. You’ll get helmets and some warm up time to feel comfortable, but after that you better keep with the guide and enjoy the ride.
Once you’ve accomplished your riding and driving for the day, head over to a local Moroccan restaurant and order couscous and tajine. You better go with a big appetite because the portions are served family style and they could feed a small village.
On your second day in Morocco, head to Rabat-- a city on the costal line. On your way to the coast you can pass through the Kasbah of the Udayas. The Kasbah was used as a defensive tactic back during war times. It is a collection of buildings without windows, where the leader would reside. You can now walk through and admire the building, local botanical gardens, and grab locally made sugar cane juice. There will be little shops spread out to purchase small souvenirs, or if you would like a henna tattoo there will be women waiting to design your hand or arm. Something to be cautious about—sometimes the ladies doing henna will grab your arm as you walk through the Kasbah and they will start drawing henna on your arm without permission. They do this so that you must pay for it, even if you did not want it. If you do not this to happen, keep your arms by your sides and do not stand around in front of them.
Then, head over to the Marrakech markets and stroll through the tiny shops of local teas, spices, clothing, jewelry, and food. My favorite finds from the market are a silver ring that I purchased for $6 and a pashmina scarf. The scarves come in nearly every color and style and the intricate detail in each one is immaculate.
If you walk along the coast you can find two-hour surfing lessons for $15. So, grab your wetsuit and run into the water with your board (it’ll probably be more of a walk because running with a surf board is a lot harder than the movies make it seem). You can attempt to surf like me or maybe you are more experienced, and you can ride the waves with your instructor. If you just want the board and wetsuit, that is cool too because your price will be less expensive.
After surfing, grab some Moroccan tea to warm up and some food before heading to the airport. Your time will fly by in this country because there is so many things to do and two days truly isn’t enough. If you’re anything like me, the second you leave you will begin planning your next adventure to Morocco to spend more time and explore the ins and outs of the beautiful cities and deserts.
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