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AI Brought a Travel Influencer to This Little-Known Oasis Outside Marrakech

by Matador Creators Jul 26, 2023

Letting AI plan your entire vacation might sound like a scary prospect, but it’s becoming more common than you’d think, especially with the advent of AI travel concierges like Matador Network’s GuideGeek. Travel influencer Michael Motamedi is taking things a step further, letting GuideGeek plan his family’s entire trip for six months. While in Morocco, one of the places GuideGeek brought him is often skipped by many visitors.

In the shadows of the Atlas Mountains, just a short drive from the bustling city of Marrakech, lies the serene and stunning Ourika Valley. Known for its picturesque landscapes, traditional Berber villages, and unique biodiversity, the valley offers a refreshing break from the city’s hustle and bustle, and is a perfect trip destination. The journey to the valley is as captivating as the destination itself. As you drive through the winding mountain roads, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of lush orchards, terraced fields, and vibrant wildflowers, a stark contrast to Marrakech’s arid landscape.

The valley is dotted with traditional Berber villages that have maintained their age-old customs and way of life. These villages, perched on the mountainsides, offer a glimpse into Morocco’s rich cultural heritage. You can explore the villages, interact with the friendly locals, and even visit a traditional Berber home.

One of the key attractions in the Ourika Valley is the Setti Fatma Waterfalls. A moderate hike up the mountains will lead you to these seven cascading waterfalls. The trail can be steep and slippery at places, but the breathtaking views at the top are well worth the effort. And for those interested in botany, the valley is also home to the Ourika Garden, a beautiful botanical garden showcasing the region’s diverse plant species. You can take a guided tour of the garden to learn about the various medicinal plants, aromatic herbs, and exotic flowers found in the valley.

You can follow the AI-driven adventures of Michael Motamedi by watching his YouTube show, No Fixed Address.

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