Location, Geography, and Climate
Morocco is situated on the extreme northwestern corner of Africa and is bordered by Mauritania and Algeria, both to the south and east.
Morocco’s varied geography includes no less than four separate mountain ranges, in addition to lush river valleys, beautiful sandy coasts, and wide expanses of desert. The three most prominent mountain ranges, which run parallel to each other from the southwest to the northeast, are the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas, and the Anti-Atlas. The ascent of the country’s highest peak, Jebel Toukbal (13,665 ft./4,165 m.), is a spectacular and not particularly difficult High Atlas trek. The Moroccan coastline, which fronts onto both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, offers plenty of great beaches as well as a number of fascinating old coastal cities. In the southeast, Morocco’s mountain ranges yield inexorably to the desolate expanse of the Sahara. The rivers that flow down this side of the High Atlas support long, narrow, and lush river valleys that resemble linear oases.
The climate in Morocco is reliably dry, although small amounts of rain do fall between November and March. Temperature varies considerably by season and locale. While the southern and southeastern desert regions can reach extremely high temperatures during the hot summer months, the higher altitudes of the mountains are cool in summer evenings and freezing in winter. Most travelers find the early summer months to be the most comfortable time to visit, as rain is not a threat and temperatures are warm during the day and pleasantly cool at night.
|Area:||710,850 km² 172,487 sq mi|
|Credit Cards:||Master Card and Visa are the predominant cards within the tourist areas in Morocco.|
|Currency:||Moroccan dirham (MAD)|
|Departure Tax:||There is no departure tax when leaving Morocco.|
|Drives on the:||Right|
|Electricity:||220 – 240 V (European configuration)|
|Flag||Red with Green|
|Location:||The Atlantic to the west, the Mediterranean to the north, wonderful beaches, four mountain ranges with cascading waterfalls and plains to the threshold of the desert.|
|Official Language(s):||Arabic, Berber|
|Religion:||Islam is the official religion of Morocco, but it exists in perfect coexistence with the other religions (freedom to practice other religions of revelation is guaranteed by the constitution). The day is marked by five calls to prayer. The muezzin announces them from the top of his minaret. During the month of Ramadan, the Moroccans fast, refraining from eating and smoking from sunrise to sunset.|
|Time Zone:||WET (UTC+0)|
|Souvenirs:||Tagine (cooking pot), pottery, leather goods, ceramics, rugs, spices.|
|Tipping:||There are no rules to tipping unlike in North America. Some restaurants add a service charge to the bill, just check it before you leave anything. People often let you know, subtly or otherwise, when a tip is appropriate. Don’t forget waiters in cafes and restaurants, porters in hotels and terminals, toilet attendants, and taxi drivers.
· Driver/Guide: 1 week USD 125-150 per couple
· National Guide (when included): 1 week USD 200-250 per couple
· Group tour: Driver 1 week $13 per person up to 10 pax and $10 for more
· Group National Guide 1 week $25 per person up to 10 pax and 20 for more
· Camel ride: USD 5 per couple
· Local Guide Roman ruins: USD 10 per couple
· Local Guide Fes: USD 25 per couple
· Local Guide Marrakech: USD 25 per couple
Morocco Travel Information
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