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Morocco — known to ancients as the Farthest Land of the Setting Sun — conjures up exotic images of snake charmers, whirling dervishes and camel treks. While you might very well cross the desert on the back of a camel while you are here, such stereotypes capture only a small cross-section of this dramatically diverse country. From the rocky Mediterranean coast to the sandy Sahara Desert, from the rolling, forested hills of the Middle Atlas to the red, rocky peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco encompasses a vast variety of landscapes and cultures. What this means for the traveler is a virtually limitless choice of activities and destinations. ...

Morocco — known to ancients as the Farthest Land of the Setting Sun — conjures up exotic images of snake charmers, whirling dervishes and camel treks. While you might very well cross the desert on the back of a camel while you are here, such stereotypes capture only a small cross-section of this dramatically diverse country. From the rocky Mediterranean coast to the sandy Sahara Desert, from the rolling, forested hills of the Middle Atlas to the red, rocky peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco encompasses a vast variety of landscapes and cultures. What this means for the traveler is a virtually limitless choice of activities and destinations. Whether hiking between the remote Berber villages in the Atlas mountains, haggling for hand-woven carpets in a hidden souq or eating fresh-caught fish on a sandy beach, Morocco is a country that has something for everyone. It is not necessarily an easy place: it can be confusing, confrontational, even confounding. But for every challenge there is a return, a discovery that makes this mysterious country a rich and rewarding place to travel.

Mara Vorhees
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Mara Vorhees has written or contributed to many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including Brazil and Morocco.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northern Africa along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, bordering Algeria and the Western Sahara
  • Language: Arabic, Berber Dialects, French
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
  • Research: Morocco | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight