Mountain Biking – A Great Way to Explore Morocco
Mountain biking is an excellent way to explore Morocco – a land of vivid contrasts, exquisite beauty and rich cultural heritage. With scenery that includes magnificent jagged peaks, snow covered mountains, isolated oases, vast canyons complete with gushing waterfalls, lush green valleys and palm groves, wide open spaces and seemingly endless sand-dunes, Morocco is a feast for the senses. Added to the natural beauty of the country is the warm hospitality of its people, making Morocco a prime tourist destination.
Ever wondered where Timbuktu is? Follow part of the ancient trade route to this legendary city in the West African country of Mali as it winds through the lush Draa Valley of Morocco and over the untamed Jbel Sarhro plateau, before continuing with a thrilling descent into the high plains. The trail then moves on into the High Atlas Mountains, down to the Valley of the Thousand Kasbahs and finishing in the Valley of the Roses. All along the way you will come across remote Berber villages, where the modern world has made no impression and life continues in an uncomplicated fashion as it has for thousands of years – a truly enriching cultural experience.
Many dedicated cyclists travel to Morocco looking for a challenge, and they don’t need to look far to find it. The rugged central Atlas Mountains of Morocco have become a popular venue for mountain bikers to push their personal boundaries. Stretching from Imilchil through to North Africa’s highest peak (Toubkal), the 650 kilometer route winds its way along mule tracks and narrow roads, covering rugged terrain and varying gradients, providing a real test of expertise and stamina. Because of the heat factor, mountain biking tours generally don’t take place during the hot summer months.
These are just some of the many options available to adventurers thinking of mountain biking in Morocco. Depending on level of fitness and experience, mountain biking tours in Morocco can be tailor made as required – so why not consider this exciting way of explore this fascinating country.