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'''Ouarzazate''' is a city in [[Morocco]]. It is the main hub of activity on the Saharan side of the Atlas Mountains in the southern part of the country.
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'''Ouarzazate''' is a city in [[Morocco]]. It is the largest town and main hub of activity on the Saharan side of the Atlas Mountains. Its name comes from a Berber phrase meaning "without noise" or "without confusion". Ouarzazate was once a crossing point for African traders seeking to reach northern cities in Morocco and Europe. During the French period, Ouarzazate expanded considerably as a garrison town and administrative centre.  
  
 
== Hitching out ==
 
== Hitching out ==
  
=== East toward Skoura, the Dades and Todra gorges, and [[Errachida]] ===
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=== East toward Skoura, the Dades and Todra gorges, and Errachida ===
  
 
Walk northwest on Avenue Mohammed V, which becomes the N10. Once you reach the edge of the city you will come to a Shell station and will see the airport to your left. This is the best spot to hitch from.
 
Walk northwest on Avenue Mohammed V, which becomes the N10. Once you reach the edge of the city you will come to a Shell station and will see the airport to your left. This is the best spot to hitch from.
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Most traffic heading west on the N9 will be going directly to Marrakech, although it is a long drive.  
 
Most traffic heading west on the N9 will be going directly to Marrakech, although it is a long drive.  
 
If you are heading for Ait Benhaddou, get dropped off at the turn-off in Tazentout. It is well worth the detour to continue through Ait Benhaddou to see the Ounila River valley, and re-join the main road to Marrakech at the edge of the mountains.
 
If you are heading for Ait Benhaddou, get dropped off at the turn-off in Tazentout. It is well worth the detour to continue through Ait Benhaddou to see the Ounila River valley, and re-join the main road to Marrakech at the edge of the mountains.
 
  
 
== Hitching in ==
 
== Hitching in ==

Revision as of 20:14, 12 May 2012

<map lat='30.929920145286' lng='-6.9073989868133' zoom='12' view='5' float='right'/> Ouarzazate is a city in Morocco. It is the largest town and main hub of activity on the Saharan side of the Atlas Mountains. Its name comes from a Berber phrase meaning "without noise" or "without confusion". Ouarzazate was once a crossing point for African traders seeking to reach northern cities in Morocco and Europe. During the French period, Ouarzazate expanded considerably as a garrison town and administrative centre.

Hitching out

East toward Skoura, the Dades and Todra gorges, and Errachida

Walk northwest on Avenue Mohammed V, which becomes the N10. Once you reach the edge of the city you will come to a Shell station and will see the airport to your left. This is the best spot to hitch from.

West toward Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou

Most traffic heading west on the N9 will be going directly to Marrakech, although it is a long drive. If you are heading for Ait Benhaddou, get dropped off at the turn-off in Tazentout. It is well worth the detour to continue through Ait Benhaddou to see the Ounila River valley, and re-join the main road to Marrakech at the edge of the mountains.

Hitching in

Places to avoid

Accommodation and Sleep

Camping

For wild camping, head west along the main road for two or three kilometers, then begin to look for cover in the trees and fields on your left. Farm workers will be out there until dusk, so this should only be done after then. It shouldn't be a problem if you are discovered, just take care not to crush crops.

Other useful info