Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains is a mountain range which stretches across northwestern Africa extending about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The highest peak is Jebel Toubkal, with an elevation of 4,167 meters (13,671 ft) in southwestern Morocco. The Atlas ranges separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. The population of the Atlas Mountains is mainly Berbers. (Source Wikipedia)

I never been a real mountain person, but this mountain range with it’s great diversity in Berber tribes is something worth while visiting even if you are not a mountain guy like me. Most interesting was a visit to the weekly market where all the male members of the regional tribes are going. Besides the usual open market shopping, they also have the medical doctor, dentist, hair dresser, shoe maker and tailor at hand, and basically resolve everything.

Going deeper into the mountains, the countless little villages occupied by the different Berber people, change in colors depending on the color of the mountain soil. I have seen villages in every color between deep dark earthy red until light grey. These small communities are usual occupied by a few families only. During out trek we crossed many of them, mostly showing empty, as the residents do not like to show themselves.

If you go, make sure you have a guide that shows you of the beaten path. Ask me for my favorite.

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