Travel to Southern Morocco – Episode 468

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This episode of the Amateur Traveler talks about the recent Amateur Traveler trip to southern Morocco.

9 of the 10 people who joined me on this trip also join me for the podcast to share the good and bad of the trip. This trip was the South Morocco Discovery trip from Intrepid Travel.

From the crowds of Marrakesh to a gite (family-run accommodation) in the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains. From the walled city of Ait-Ben-Haddu to the dunes of the Sahara desert, this tour showed many different facets of Morocco.

We visited 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites, rode 9 camels, got caught in 1 thunderstorm (on camels), stormed across the desert in 3 4x4s, bought 0 carpets (but lots of other things), saw one herd of “flying goats”, had one great official guide and a number of volunteer ones, visited at least 4 walled cities and numerous markets, drank one batch of bad tea, visited one family of nomads, and generally had a great time.

We learn about courtship and death. We laughed at haggling techniques and questionable sugar cane vendors. We got to places where they couldn’t even imagine our lives, nor I suspect we theirs. We hiked, we biked, we rode, we squatted, we climbed and we shopped.

We missed you on this trip but hope you can join us on the next.

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Show Notes

Photos of Southern Morocco
Marrakesh, Morocco
South Morocco Discovery Overview Tour
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Draa Valley
The Tree-Climbing Goats of Morocco
Taroudant, Morocco
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Intrepid Promo code

Intrepid Promo code: 11991
Book: May 23-June 23, 2015
Travel: May 23, 2015 – May 31, 2016
Discount: 10% off all Morocco trips, NO 3rd party sell-ins, NO agent sales, includes private tours

Terms and Conditions:

  1. To receive a 10% discount quote promotion code 11991 at time of booking, or enter promo code online for Morocco trips.
  2. Recipient must confirm travel by paying in full at the time of booking or with a $250 non-refundable deposit no later than 60 days prior to travel. No extensions available.
  3. Travel must be booked by 23 June 2015
  4. The offer is subject to availability and confirmation by Intrepid at time of booking.
  5. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or special offers. Valid on new bookings only and cannot be applied to existing bookings.
  6. Offer applies to published itinerary price and excludes extra items such as airfare, trip kitties, travel insurance, extra accommodation, single supplements and visas.
  7. Discount applies to Intrepid Group land-only bookings. Excludes airfare, trip kitties, travel insurance, extra accommodation, single supplements and visas.
  8. Trip price and itineraries are subject to change at any time, including after booking. If there is a significant price change to a trip, travelers will receive a new invoice with the new price. The discount will be applied to the new price.
  9. Select trips must meet minimum passenger requirements prior to confirmation of your booking. Please inquire at time of booking.
  10. Standard booking conditions apply.
  11. Offer excludes Short Breaks, Urban Adventures, Antarctica and trips less than $300.
  12. Offer available to US/CA residents only.
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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

One Response to “Travel to Southern Morocco – Episode 468”

Kirk Beiser


That was a great podcast. I remember you posting about this trip and it sounded awesome. In the end it was awesome. Maybe sometime I will be able to take a trip with your group.

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