Morocco, the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Arabia has some of the most diverse culture and geography in the world. As little as 15 miles of movement can reveal a completely new landscape. The cultural variety is equally rich. Fez Morocco second-largest city was founded in the 9th century and is home to the oldest university in the world. This city is regarded as the country’s cultural and spiritual center. Trip leader, Mohamed Ahjusshi shares his insider knowledge of Fez, the city he calls home. Africa’s Sahara Desert is the size of the United States. It is the biggest source of sand and dust in the entire world. Headscarves provide protection from the windblown sand. Camels are equipped with their own defenses. They have two rows of long eyelashes to keep the windblown sand out of their eyes. After a night with some of the brightest star seen from anywhere on earth, the sun rises in the east shining over 3000 miles of desert. Tents are made of woven camel wool, a homegrown commodity these nomads put to use in countless ways. These nomads are ethnic Tories, a series of snare frame drums called band ears provide the main percussive rhythm for their music. Tori women often release a special call or scream to express celebration. Unlike the fully nomadic tribes of the Sahara, semi-nomadic people live here in the middle Atlas Mountains. They lead their herds into these mountains each spring to graze for the season. The nearest market is a half hour drive away and provides a young woman’s family of seven with all the food supplies it needs. Tineghir Morocco is a prized oasis city providing a lush retreat from the arid ruggedness of the surrounding Atlas Mountains. For the locals of this emerald in the sand, the pattern of daily life is old! Centuries, even millennia. For most, the day begins before sunrise with a morning call to prayer, the first of five calls for the day ahead. Then, it’s after the market where locals will bargain for everyday necessities like grain, clothing and especially lifestyle. Once a week, this town’s live animal market is also a place to share stories and socialize. In these families, the men tend to the livestock, the women look after the family. For all families, traditional Moroccan cuisine served at lunch and dinner has changed little over time. Tagine is a local staple commonly eaten with a flatbread called hubs, while education antenna here has improved recently for many children in the rural areas. Access to school remains limited. Some young students in the region have long ways to travel to school. Marrakesh is the main square is arguably the busiest in Africa. The center of activity and trade in this city known for its color and social vibrancy. From the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the snowy peaks in the Atlas Mountains to the desert sands of the Sahara, Morocco is a land of stark contrasts — Each day a new discovery! At Gateway2Morocco, we customized Morocco Private Tours, Tailor Made Tours to Morocco, Jewish Heritage Tours, Family Tours, Casablanca Jewish Tours and Day Trips. Travel with the best on our escorted tours with Multilingual English Speaking Drivers and Expert Historical Guides. We specialize in Morocco. Take private Morocco tours and let yourself get lost in an ancient souk or sample new foods with a friendly local guide by your side.

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