Costa Rica Traverse

The trip was an amazing experience. As expected it was physically tough but worth every drop of sweat and mud (no blood fortunately). For me personally, I found the heat hard to adjust to. I expected us to benefit from the shade of the rainforest more than we did and I guess going from a Scottish winter to an equatorial country didn't help. Having said that it didn't detract from my enjoyment, just made it harder work. We were also lucky because all 13 of us got on very well and it was a good mix of people. A special mention has to go to the guides and Danny in particular. I remember when we did the Cycling in the Andes that the guides were good but Danny was excellent. As well as being extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable about adventure stuff he was passionate about Costa Rica, it's environment and future. He had a great sense of humour and as if all that weren't enough he and his team were superb cooks. Although this wasn't everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday I came home envigorated and motivated with stacks of energy - apart from having to negotiate Terminal 5 on it's second day of chaos! I've already been on your website looking for the next potential challenge, if only work didn't get in the way.


J Dunthorne | UK
 
 

High Atlas Trek

A superb introduction to the mountains and traditions of Morocco, this trip combines a trek in the High Atlas Mountains with visits to the medinas and palaces of Marrakesh. Explore the narrow alleyways of the souqs and admire exquisite architecture in one of the country's most impressive imperial cities. Outside the bustle of Marrakesh we walk through traditional Berber villages, following trails to alpine pastures set beneath the impressive backdrop of the peaks of the High Atlas mountain range. We learn to respect the simplicity of life in these mountain villages and are awed by spectacular scenery. An ascent of Jebal Toubkal (4167m), the highest mountain in Morocco, is something to aim for on our trek. Not to be under-estimated, reaching the summit is a great achievement and a fitting highlight to round out this adventure.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Marrakesh
DAY 2 Visit medinas, palaces and gardens in Marrakesh
DAY 3 At leisure in Marrakesh
DAY 4 Drive to Azzadene Valley, commence trek
DAYS 5/8 Trek through Berber villages
DAY 9 Ascend Mt Toubkal (4167m)
DAY 10 Complete trek at Imlil, drive to Marrakesh
DAY 11 Trip concludes Marrakesh

traveller reviews

We have to give 100% full marks to Abdoul our guide. He was very accomplished. Once he got to know us all, he was very warm and friendly. He was much fitter than we were, of course, and he adjusted the higher route programme to a less demanding route to the summit via Umlil, which was appreciated. BTW, we all thought that the second day was VERY long, and as we were camping, we could have stopped earlier. We all thought that the programme for that day should be changed. The food was MAGNIFICENT. We felt that our muleteers and cook were superb, too. They all worked in quite primitive conditions to make our trek interesting and successful, and how they managed to cook in the conditions they have is beyond us! Top marks to the cook and muleteers. Very pleasant and happy people to be with. I am not sure that Casablanca had much to offer, but Essaoira was superb. We had a great riad there and we loved the visits we made that enabled us to understand the co-operatives and their aims. This was a memorable trip. We NZers are all reuniting in October, and have already swapped photos and notes. I personally appreciated getting to know something of the Berber culture. Thank you - heaps of unforgettable memories of this trek.

Dianne B New Zealand

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Trip Code: HAT
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  11 days
Activities:  Trekking
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