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High Atlas Travel Guide

Cascades d'Ouzoud

No trip to the Atlas would be complete without a stop at these impressive falls, which are approachable from the S508 via the 1811. You will most likely hear the roaring water before you get your first glimpse, especially in late spring when the melting snow swells the rivers. The cascades, which are a popular destination for holidaying Moroccan families, as well as foreigners, are rarely seen without a

rainbow halo. On the way back down, wild Barbary apes play in the trees—avoid feeding them as they can get aggressive. Locals say the apes fall into three categories: those liking olives, those liking tourists, and those disliking both and preferring to hide in holiday season. If you are lucky, you might spot the youngsters swinging through the phone lines.

There are a number of pop-up snack places, which are not always the most reliable in terms of hygiene; and while the colorful boats that sashay towards the gushing torrent may look attractive, they may not be the most secure. Remember that swimming in the basin carved out of the rock at the base of the falls is strictly forbidden.

Downstream, past the Ouzoud falls on the 1811 road, is the Berber hillside village of Tanaghmelt. Nicknamed "the Mexican village," the small community is connected by a web of narrow alleyways and semi-underground passages. You may also wish to continue up the 1811 (toward the P24) to see the river gorges of the Oued-el-Abid.

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