Sahara Desert and Berber Village Tour

 I traveled to Morocco in September 2011 to participate in a gorgeous 8 day Feng Shui and Yoga retreat in Marrakech. I knew that following the retreat and having traveled across the world to this land rich in culture, food, people, custom and prayer, that it would not be complete without a journey deep into the Sahara. ?Alecia and Travel Exploration were recommended to me and I knew from my first email conversation with Alecia, that we would be guided with utmost care, expertise and an intimate experience into the mountain and desert lands. Alecia is extraordinarily patient, thorough, kind and well versed in the travel industry both from an American background as well as a uniquely personal and well-traveled knowledge of Morocco. I had a comfort knowing that my expectation of 4 stars would match her recommendations and she was an absolute pleasure to work with through every detail. ?Our guide and driver, Tahar, immediately felt part of our family and his warm nature, excellent English, driving, experience and wonderful personality won us over in the first day. I couldn't recommend him more highly. The beauty of our 3 night/4 day journey led us high into the Atlas mountains, over valley's of lush green tropics and through sand colored Kasbah's, hearing wonderful stories of history and folklore by learned village guides. We visited Argan Cooperatives run solely by Berber village women, ate wonderful meals overlooking the majestic mountain scenery and vibrant blue sky, spent overnights in a beautiful Riad, sipping wine while swimming in the most refreshing pool at the end of hot days, and indulged with Alecia's family & friends who treated us as their own, entertaining, preparing a feast and painting our ankles & wrists in Henna designs. Arriving in the Sahara, the camel trek deep into the dunes was nothing less than spectacular as night fell and the only illumination was a million stars above. Young Berber guides cooked, drummed and settled us into our comfortable tents. The sunrise was one of the most beautiful sights of the journey with the sun floating up, over dark mounds of sand until light hit and the dunes were aglow with shades of pink, orange & yellow. I couldn't shoot enough photos on the morning trek, camera in one hand and the other holding tight to the swaying camels' cadence. The colors and shapes and morning light, the vast expanse and quietude, couldn't help but force a deep realized inhales of all that this earth offers. ?It was an experience far from the lives we know and truly etched in our hearts. ?Thank you Alecia and all of the extraordinary people we met through our journey.

Review by Romi Lane & Family, New York
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