The road Marrakech - Ouarzazate is extraordinary, and if this is your first contact with Morocco then you will be enchanted by the beauty and harsh landscapes.
Before coming to pass of Tizi-n-Tichka, I advise you to stop / lunch in the small village of Telouet, twenty kilometers (round trip) from the road. The former home of the pasha of Marrakech is to visit, and if you spend a Thursday, you will be entitled to the traditional market.
From Telouet, is back on your steps, cross the Col (attention to violent wind and cold, you are at 2260 m) and descend into the valley. If you have a good 4x4, that the road is not completely fucked, if you like thrills and you have a minimum of 4 hours before you, then you can consider joining Ait Benhaddou and the plain ....An abundance of hiking from Telouet!
The visit to the village of Ait Benhaddou is imperative! This is certainly one of the most authentic casbahs of southern Morocco. This construction (Ksar) made of mud, earth, straw and reeds, fell into disrepair, but the contrast of colors is striking. Make Moroccan friends
Ouarzazate is considered the gateway to the South. It's become over the years a centre inevitable tourism hub for travellers in transit, to the deep south by Zagora and Mhamid, Dades Valley (Valley of casbahs miles) with Boulmane Dades (Dades Gorge) And Tinerghir (gorges Todrah), or in the direction of Taroudant and Agadir. Many things to see in the old city (the casbah of Taourit) in and around (the casbah of Tiffoultoute in an exceptional), not to mention the oasis of Fint (15km from Ouarzazate).
At the start of Ouarzazate, you might consider a loop with:Ouarzazate - Boulmane Dades - Tineghir - Erfoud (Merzouga dune) - Rissani - Tazarine - N'Kob and join Zagora by the Drâa valley, with an excursion to Mhamid, the end of the bout, which gets lost in Drâa sand (with bivouac - night under the stars in the desert ...).
It takes more than a week to enjoy these places and its inhabitants. But Morocco is a completely different from the Atlantic coast or major imperial cities. It is a mountain Morocco (Boulmane east to 1600 m and it can be cold, there should be a big pull for visits in the gorges and trousers for light Mhamid). Make Moroccan friendsAround Zagora, a lot of opportunities for hiking (4x4, by foot, camel!)Just to write, I have the impression retrieve ôdeurs and sounds of the desert ....