Mountain Bike Morocco -FAQ

Morocco is a perfect destination for Mountain Biking. Starting from Marrakech, our tours brings you to experience fascinating landscapes and people including the spectacular Mountains of the High Atlas and the nomads of the highlands, the breathtaking Gorgers of the Dades Valley and the legendary Draa Valley with its ksour and characteristic Berber villages.

Q: What are the formalities for entering Morocco?

All visitors to Morocco require a valid passport but visitors from the following countries do not need to obtain visas before arrival: Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus (except Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), Czech Republic, Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela. For tourists from countries that need a visa to enter Morocco, the Moroccan Embassy is usually the first port of call. The visas are usually valid for 3 months and take around 5-6 working days to process. Tourists can stay for up to 90 days and visa extensions can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. (You may find it easier to duck into the Spanish-controlled Ceuta or Melilla and then re-enter Morocco for a new stamp).

Q: What is the best time to travel to Morocco?

Morocco is a fine destination for traveling all year round. Even the warmer summer season is a fine time for traveling, because the air will be warm and dry. In the heat of the day you may look for some shade, but in the morning you may very well participate in an excursion, while during the afternoon you may enjoy a medina and buy nice souvenirs.

Q: What is the local currency in Morocco?

The Moroccan currency unit is the Dirham. You will get it only once in Morocco by means of travelers, currency exchange or international credit cards. You will find a lot of exchange offices and ATM's in bigger cities such as Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Essaouira. For your information: 1 Euro = 11 Dirhams. When withdrawing at a local ATM, we advise you to ask your bank how much commission you will be charged. Normally it is fixed, so it is better for you to withdraw the necessary amount for your extras and shopping in one or two times to economize the costs.

Q: What language is spoken?

Moroccan Arabic is a dialect of Maghreb Arabic. The language is fairly different from the Arabic traditionally spoken in the Middle East and is also slightly influenced by French or Spanish, depending on where in the country you are. This dialect is also related to Spanish, as Spanish was heavily influenced by Arabic from Morocco before the expulsion of 1492. Berber, or the Amazigh language, is spoken by Morocco's Berber population. In the mountain regions of the north the dialect is Tarifit, the central region the dialect is Tamazight, and in the south of the country the dialect is Tachelheet. French is still widely understood in Morocco, and it is the most useful non-Arabic language to know.

Q: Do you employ local people wherever possible?

We employ local people whenever possible (muleteers, drivers, guides, guest house owners in the mountains, etc). By booking with us you also help support the local economy with cash, spreads the wealth from private home to local shopkeeper in the village and beyond.

Q: Where do we eat our meals and what kind of food is available?

During your trek all meals will be prepared for you. If you stay in a local gite, the family running the gite will prepare a delicious Moroccan meal for you. All food will be prepared by an experienced cook.

Q: What happens in case of emergency?

Our Company is prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a bike trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Morocco for case of emergency.

Q: Can we change the itinerary?

Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of bike trips completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. On occasion local weather conditions may require the biking route to be altered to ensure your safety.

Q: Do you arrange private treks?

Yes, we can tailor-make any kind of bike trip for you.

Q: Shopping?

In the Souq, Moroccan traditional markets, offer a large choice of hand crafts goods: Moroccan slippers, Lanterns, carpets ... In most traditional shops, prices are not displayed, so It is normal to haggle. It can be a pleasant moment sharing a cup of tea while discussing the price.

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