• Trips to the desert: discover the secrets of Erg Chigaga

Trips to the Morocco desert

Traveling to the south of the country is like entering places that seemed to be over. The Draa Valley, with its large palm grove, is full of kasbahs, children running, walking or playing, who bring life to the area. In its great immensity, it breathes a warm air of tranquility that fills any visitor with peace. The small towns that we find on the way seem to be taken from an album of photos: Agdz, Zagora, Tamgroute and Tagounite.

In these villages the most traditional culture is still preserved. Its inhabitants welcome us in the most open and sincere way. Share a cup of tea, while we contemplate the ritual that is needed to savor the best that has been tasted. A tea full of bubbles, because, as tradition says: a tea without bubbles is like a tuareg without a turban.

Continuing the road, this brings us to its end, M'hamid el Ghizlane, which means "gazelle", there, about 24 kilometers from the border with Algeria, is the town where the asphalt ends and the track begins.

We expect more living landscapes, stone desert, dunes, an oasis, wells where to stop to refresh, etc., all this in a 3 or 4 hours route in 4x4 to the camp in which we stay, in the middle of the dunes of the Erg Chigaga. In the Erg, which is the way to define the sandy area of the desert, we find dunes 300 meters high. We can hike to the top, from where you can breathe a completely new air, as well as contemplate, under your feet, an incredible immensity of sand.

Once in the camp we will be waiting for the camels to take a walk with them. They will accompany us inside the dunes with the help of a nomad. In these moments, on top of a dromedary, we will feel more part of the place and we will remember how, in remote times many families traveled, with their dromedary places like this

Seeing the sunset in the heart of the desert, is a crucial moment of the day in the Sahara. See how the color of the sand changes and thousands of stars start to shine to illuminate the magical night.

The night in the Sahara is a spectacle. The people who are in the place, Moroccans, Tuaregs, Berbers, have been born next to the drums and, in their absence, the drums keep the water do the same function. They keep the rhythm to the blood and they do not need to rehearse so that there is a magnificent group. The improvisation is ideal to enjoy the night in the desert. A great show with the best of scenarios, the starry night sky. Each of these trips to the desert of Morocco is like being in a hotel with a thousand stars, but of real stars.

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