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Who are we
Flight InformationFrom London: Ryanair, Easyjet and Atlas Blue offer inexpensive flights from London to Fes and Marrakech. These are just a few of many possibilities. Naturally, you can find what works best for you. You can also connect in Casablanca with a flight to Fes or Marrakech. (Note – airlines often write Fes as Fez.)
For groups is there the possibility that we can arrange a transfer via minibus from Casablanca to Fes or Marrakech. Figure on approximately € 200 / £ 135 for Casablanca – Fes (one way) and € 100 / £ 67 for Casablanca Marrakech (one way).
LandscapeMorocco has several different mountain ranges and 12 peaks higher than 13,000 feet (4.000 mtr). The mountain ranges run east-west. The most important ones are (from north to south) the Rif Mountains, the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas and the Anti Atlas. South of the High Atlas are the Sarhgo Mountains. Our mountain bike trips are chiefly in the Middle and High Atlas, and for a short distance in the Sargho Mountains.
Middle Atlas: this area is still full of nomads. Their goat hair tents (khaimas) are a familiar sight in the pastures of the Middle Atlas, especially in the late spring through the early autumn. The Middle Atlas was originally volcanic ranges and is known for its many mountain lakes. A large part is covered with splendid cedar forests and live oaks. The Middle Atlas is a thinly populated area.
High Atlas: a rugged mountain world with isolated valleys and villages. The north slope is covered with live oaks and pine trees, the south slope is eroded. These mountains are especially known for their impressive cliffs, the splendid oases and the beautiful color contrasts from the jagged walls.
Saghro Mountains: a volcanic range with impressive rock formations.
PassportYour passport must be valid for at least 6 months as of the day that you leave Morocco!!!
VaccinationsConsult your local doctor. In the USA check with the Center for Disease Control. The following vaccinations are recommended: DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, and polio), typhoid, and hepatitis A.
TelephoneThere is not always coverage for your cell phone during the mountain bike trip. We provide a satellite phone for emergencies. In the event of an emergency, travelers can be reached at 0031-612398575 (English language). The best and cheapest way to call from Morocco is via the so-called teleboutiques.
TemperatureThere is a saying “Morocco is a cold land with a hot sun.” This is true. The weather is often quite pleasant during the day, but as soon as the sun goes down the temperature drops quickly. Therefore bring warm clothing and a warm sleeping bag.
AccomodationsThe first and last nights you stay in a 3 or 4 star hotel. During the mountain bike trip you sleep in tents or with local residents.
Food and WaterDuring your trip a Berber cook prepares your breakfast, an extensive (often warm) lunch, and dinner. For snacks, bring plenty of muesli and energy bars along. Mineral water can often be bought in villages. Never drink from a well without purifying the water. Bring disinfectant gel to clean your hands after a sanitary stop, and before eating. Never eat unpackaged ice.
Money and TipsBecause salaries are very low, workers expect tips when they give service. This also applies to the driver of the support vehicle and the cook. At the end of the trip we take a collection out of which the tips are paid. Figure on approximately €10 / £7 per traveler. The Moroccan unit of money is the Dirham, which is worth about € 0,10 / £ 0.067. In the big cities there are adequate numbers of automatic teller machines. You can withdraw a maximum of 4000 Dirham per day. Euros can be exchanged for Dirham in all banks and most hotels.
ClothingBear in mind that Morocco is an Islamic land. Although women in the cities wear western clothing, the people in the mountains are not used to being around women dressed in this manner. We prefer that you don’t wear sleeveless or halter tops in the mountains.
Things to bring• Bike clothing both for warm and cold weather conditions
• Warm clothes
• Daypack for water en snacks
• Muesli / energy bars
• Warm sleeping bag
• Sleeping mattress
• Toilet paper
• Suntan oil
• Anti-diarrhea medication
• Disinfectant gel