Getting Oriented

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Getting Oriented

The Great Oasis Valleys cover a huge area, in a sort of lopsided horseshoe from Ouarzazate, the largest town in the northwest corner, east past the magnificent Dadès and Todra gorges on the northern road, south to the dunes at Merzouga, and looping back west on the southern road, farther south, through the Draâ Valley to Zagora, M'Hamid, and the great expanse of desert that reaches all the way across Erg Chegaga to Foum Zguid. To miss any of these roads would be to miss some of Morocco's most characteristic immensity—wide-open spaces and tundralike desolation.

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