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  On our way to Paradis Valley
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  • On our way to Paradis Valley - Morocco
      On our way to Paradis Valley
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  • Paradise Valley close to the Falls of Immouzzer - Morocco
  • Paradise Valley close to the Falls of Immouzzer - Morocco
  • Paradise Valley close to the Falls of Immouzzer - Morocco
  • Paradise Valley close to the Falls of Immouzzer - Morocco
 

From Agadir we visited Paradise Valley. The Paradise Valley is situated north of Agadir in the foothills of the High Atlas. It's a 1-2 hours drive by car from Agadir on the way to the waterfalls of Immouzer des Ida Outanane (picture 1).

The Paradise Valley or Taghrat Ankrim in Amazighe, the local language of the Berbers, is a 7km long green and narrow Valley along the Ankrim river. In the sixties this valley was a popular gathering place of the hippies from abroad. They live here ´in paradise´ and cultivated the ground. Nowadays you can still see the date palms and cultivated grounds with fruit trees like olive, figs, bananas and oranges. After the hippies abandoned the area some locals took over.

The Paradise Valley is signposted from the road. Look for the sign with ´Taghrat, Vallée du Paradis, sentier pédestre´ (footpath). Youngsters are waiting there offering to guide you around. At the parking lot is a board with information about the 2,7 long trail telling that the trail is a USAID´s Morocco Rural Tourism project in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism (picture 2).

Aziz, our guiding friend who knows the area allready from the time the hippies still lived in the valley, guided us to the other side of the valley into the shade of the date palms. We made a lovely short walk druing 1-2 hours, first in the shade of the palmtrees, along the narrow river towards the well. Here are lovely places for a swim )picture 3). On our way back to the car we had to climb half way the mountain slope (picture 4). There we had to walk in the sun along narrow mountain paths. So for this walk you need good shoes, water and something to cover your head. The views at the valley from here were great (picture 5).

For more information look at my Agadir page.

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  • Written Apr 13, 2008
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