My name is Mustapha. I was born and raised in Imlil Valley, a Berber village located in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. The peace and the wonderful landscapes had an incredible impact on my personality. As I am generally in contact with nature, I consider myself passionate about hiking, as it enriches my inspiration to walk in the desert, the mountains and pass through the Berber villages. It's the best way to go deep and have time for my beautiful inner peace, which made me super creative. I love to paint, sculpt and photograph. I am absolutely in love with Marrakech because this city is part of me so I enjoy going there whenever I can. I have been organizing trips for many years, and I will be very happy that you can share with me your point of view on my region.
1 Tour of Mustapha
Mustapha was a very soft-spoken guide with a wonderful sense of humour. We opted for the tour with a visit to the Berber market. Although everything was interesting - camel ride, argan oil co-operative, market, hike, and lunch - it was all a bit rushed. The camel ride was a bit different in that participants could dress in robes and head scarf for photo opportunities. Bottled water was provided and there were toilet opportunities. The walk is more of a hike and not for the faint-hearted. Definitely good footwear is required as many paths are steep, uneven, and single track. Very glad we went when the temperatures were in the low 20s. The views are amazing. There was ample evidence of the earthquake damage along the tour route, with considerable reconstruction (road was a bit bumpy at times, but was open for traffic). Mustapha was very good at narration (on mini-bus at stops) and answering questions. The meal at his home was fantastic. Food was excellent and the conversation over the table with the other walkers from around the world was entertaining. The only criticism we have is the 'walking' speed - it did not match that of the walkers. The very fit persons could keep up with Mustapha, but the less experienced trailed far behind so that no resting was possible when they caught up with the front of the group who had time to recover before progressing onward. This was both in the market (no time for shopping or photos as continually moving) and on the mountain hike (no time for photos along the walk, but did have a couple of stops along the way - such as the waterfall). Additionally, promises to point out the synagogue and mosque in the ancient town as well as the highest Atlas mountain was omitted - or perhaps was only done to the walkers at the head of the queue. Nevertheless, it definitely is a worthwhile experience not to be missed. Mustapha's knowledge of the inhabitants and countryside was extensive.
Our adventure with Mustapha was nothing short of extraordinary! Picked up from the hotel, we embarked on a journey towards the majestic Atlas Mountains. En route, we marveled at one of the oldest UNESCO-protected villages—a captivating start to an unforgettable day. Upon reaching our destination, a delightful and moderately challenging hike awaited, requiring only comfortable footwear. The path led us to a stunning waterfall, where we captured picturesque moments and indulged in the flavors of local cuisine, expertly prepared by Mustapha's family. The return journey treated us to a camel ride, complete with professional photos and the delightful taste of Moroccan tea. Mustapha ensured a seamless drop-off at our starting point. The mountain views were awe-inspiring, and the natural beauty left us breathless. The camel ride was a perfect blend of adventure and comfort, leaving us without any post-ride soreness. Undoubtedly, one of the best—if not the best—experiences you can have at this price point and beyond. The culinary delights added a touch of exquisite perfection to an already exceptional day. Highly recommended!
Mustapha was personable and thoughtful throughout the experience. Pre-trip, he answered my custom questions within a day. As the trip begins, it quickly became clear he's NOT out for quick money and pushy in anyway unlike many other guides in Morocco. He shares much knowledge with a dose of humor. I felt connected with the local culture and with my fellow travelers as much as one can in a few hours. Stopping at the Berber market (Tuesdays or Saturdays) and the Argan oil collective were unique even from the traditional souks. The highlight of the trip is definitely lunch at his family's with tagine, couscous, salad, and desert made by his mother. For a guided trip into the Atlas Mountains away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, Mustapha and his tour is without question, one of the best.
This was a fantastic tour. He was very knowledgeable, easily approachable and fun would highly recommend going you will be blown away thanks Robert canada
It was a really nice Tour! I highly recommend it. Nice Tour Guides, really good Experience!