Todra Gorge recognized around the world as one of the most spectacular canyons. Situated in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in the Province of Ouarzazate, the Ksar of Aït Benhaddou is a striking example of Moroccan architecture. Todra Gorge dates back to the 12th century and a UNESCO World Heritage site with an impressive labyrinth of crumbling dwellings surrounded by earthen ramparts and towers. After exploring the ksar, climb to the top of the hill for spectacular views of the village.
The gorge itself is beautiful, but more fun is the carnival atmosphere. On a holiday or weekend, the gorge is busy with locals out enjoying picnics or just walking along the riverside. Teenagers are dancing and singing, children wading in the water, families picnicking and climbers (probably foreigners) scaling the cliffs. Oh, and lots of tourists.
Parking is a hassle. If you're on a guided trip, get dropped off at the start of the gorge, walk the 10 minutes or so along the gorge, then get picked up at the other end.
Most travelers catch their meals at their hotels. The best alternative is to pack a picnic. Otherwise, the right dining spots include Camping le Soleil and the restaurants in the small village of Aït Baha Tizgui.
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