Adventure and the Atlas Mountains

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Depending on the time of year and whether you’re in the Low or High Atlas Mountains, you can hike, trek, or even ski. If you’re intrigued by the notion of skiing in Africa, wait till you find out that some places offer both ski lifts and donkey rides to get to start of the runs. You can find amazing waterfalls as well as one of the highest peaks in Africa, Jebel Toubkal, at nearly 14,000 feet.


The Atlas Mountains are located in the Maghreb—the area of Northern African comprising Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Mauritania. It stretches nearly 1,600 miles through three countries. The range’s highest peak, Toubkal, stands at a staggering 13,671 feed. If you’re on holiday in Morocco and up for a bit of adventure, make the trek down to the country’s southern portion of the Atlas Mountains; this gigantic peak is located in Toubkal National Park, which is an excellent vacation destination.


The Atlas Mountains are most notably for separating the coastlines—both Mediterranean and Atlantic—from the Sahara Desert. As a result, the climate varies greatly depending on your location within a country like Morocco. Some of these peaks are snow-covered, while some appear to be similar to sand dunes. If you’re on an adventure holiday, consider visiting Oukaimeden, Morocco’s most noteworthy ski resort. Just fifty miles east of Marrakech, this resort has 20 runs and a single chairlift. Looking for a unique experience? You can also ride a donkey to the top of the mountain.


The Atlas Mountains are also rich in natural resources. Here, you can find deposits of iron ore, lead ore, copper, silver, mercury, rock salt, phosphate, marble, anthracite coal, and natural gas. A surprising tourism boom has sprung up around this industry, and visitors come from all over the world to hunt for amethyst, copper, and silver. Some mines offer tours to the unprepared tourists, while other locations are reserved for professional gem miners.


No matter the size and scope of your Moroccan holiday, incorporating the Atlas Mountains is never difficult. Perfect for adventuring and sightseeing, consider an outdoor adventure while planning your trip.

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