Beyond Rick’s Cafe: The Real Morocco
If the first things that pop into your head when you think of Morocco are the words, “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid,” and a black and white cafe set, you’re not alone. You do, however, need an updated picture of Morocco. This North African country is so much more than the monochromatic getaway from the 1942 film. Modern Morocco welcomes visitors to explore its timeless deserts and wander through the bustling marketplaces. Sure, you could pop into the recreation of Rick’s Cafe, but why not see what else the country has to offer?
If there’s one thing that can be said about Morocco, it’s that the region is home to some of the world’s liveliest cities. Major hubs of trade such as Casablanca, Fez, and Marrakech will give travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture. You could spend days trekking through the vendor-lined streets and talking to the friendly locals. The shop owners will invite you to try their finest dishes and sample the best Moroccan beverages. When you need some solitude, you could slip into one of the many ancient mosques that serve as an anchor to the past in the ever-modernizing cities.
Situated at the northwestern tip of the Sahara Desert, Morocco boasts some of the most scenic parts of the world-renowned landscape. You can rent a camel for the day and lose yourself in the vastness of the sprawling region. The sand dunes will humble you in the world while giving you memories you will never forget. What’s even more impressive is that this dry area was once a large system of rivers, and if it were still full today, it would be the world’s 12th largest drainage basin. Read more on that below.
Visitors of Morocco will also have the opportunity to look upon the High Atlas Mountains. In this area, there are hundreds of tiny, secluded villages, where the country’s richest traditions are kept. Try your hand at hiking the plethora of trails along this geographical wonder and see for yourself what hidden experiences wait for you high above the ground.
Tours in Morocco is so much more than people realize, but the only way to fully appreciate its beauty is to visit for yourself!
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