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AI Took This Travel Influencer on a Cultural and Culinary Journey Through Marrakech

by Matador Creators Dec 11, 2023

Whether or not you completely trust artificial intelligence, there’s no doubt it’s making a splash in the travel industry. Some people are even relying on it exclusively to plan their trips, offloading the stress of decision-making to an AI chatbot. One traveler who’s doing this is Michael Motamedi, an influencer who decided to let GuideGeek, Matador Network’s AI travel assistant, plan his entire journey for six months.

That’s right. Motamedi is traveling the world with his wife and 18-month-old daughter relying solely on the guidance of GuideGeek. Most recently, he was in Marrakech, and fired up GuideGeek for some advice on what to do there. These are the three things it told him to experience while in the city.

Main Square Djemaa El Fna

The bustling central square of Marrakech, Djemaa El Fna offers a stimulating sensory experience. As you wander through this lively marketplace, you’ll encounter an eclectic mix of street performers, including snake charmers, henna tattoo artists, and traditional musicians. The air is filled with the enticing aromas of Moroccan cuisine coming from the numerous food stalls, where you can sample local delicacies like tagine, couscous, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Don’t forget to explore the surrounding labyrinth of narrow streets in the Medina, where you can shop for unique souvenirs, handcrafted items, and traditional Moroccan goods. As the sun sets, Djemaa El Fna truly comes alive, transforming into a hub of entertainment and cultural exchange that epitomizes the spirit of Marrakech.

Get a henna tattoo

Getting a henna tattoo is another Marrakech experience that shouldn’t be missed. In Jemaa el-Fnaa square, you’ll find numerous skilled henna artists displaying their intricate designs. As you navigate the lively market, be sure to take your time to browse through the various patterns available, ranging from traditional Moroccan motifs to more contemporary designs. Once you’ve chosen your desired design, it’s essential to negotiate a fair price with the artist before they start working on your skin. To ensure the best quality and lasting results, always opt for natural henna instead of the black variety, as the latter can cause allergic reactions. Finally, sit back and relax as the artist adorns your skin with a beautiful, temporary piece of art that will serve as a souvenir from your time in Marrakech.

Eat traditional Moroccan cuisine

Trying traditional Moroccan food is a must for any visitor. Start by heading to the bustling Medina, where you’ll find plenty of local eateries, street food vendors, and markets offering authentic Moroccan dishes. Be sure to sample iconic Moroccan staples like tagine, couscous, and pastilla, which are available at food stalls and traditional restaurants. For a more immersive experience, consider joining a guided food tour or taking a Moroccan cooking class to learn about the rich history of Moroccan cuisine. Don’t forget to visit a local spice market, where you can purchase fresh ingredients like saffron, cumin, and ras el hanout to recreate your favorite dishes back home.

Check out Motamedi’s TikTok to follow No Fixed Address, his AI-inspired journey.

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