Todra Gorge takes a while to get to but is well worth the journey. If you have time, stay the night, wait for the moon to come up as the sun goes down and see the gorgeous colours of the red-hued cliffs across the remains of the day.
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Tea Time at Todra Gorge
I watched carefully as the little Berber boy held the picture in his hands. He stared at it intently, trying to put it in perspective. Then it hit him - the boy he was staring at in the picture was him and he squealed in delight - which in turn brought a smile to my lips.
Hiking in Todra Gorge in Morocco not only provides spectacular views and a challenging hike, but it can also provide an opportunity to actually see what the Berber life is all about in Morocco.
The Berber life in the mountains was certainly a rough one. During our hike we were invited in to a local Berber family tent and offered mint tea. They kept goats, wove rugs to sell, lived in tents in the summer and in caves in the winter and always slept on the ground – there was no furniture – only rugs…the rugs served at a couch and bed. Life was simple. As I looked around I saw no mirrors, no plumbing, no bathrooms. Yet the family welcomed us in from hiking and eagerly provided us tea.
As we descended back into the gorge, we had a spectacular view of the Palmeries on the valley floor. Basically, your whole surroundings were rock and dirt, and then at the valley floor there was this swath of pure green. The whole Todra Gorge area had diverted the water from the Wadi Todra (river) into little viaducts and had planted lush green fields of vegetables and herbs surrounded by tons of palm trees. It was a true oasis in the desolate landscape. The contrasting colors were astounding.