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About My Trip to Morocco

From the bustling streets of Casablanca to the star-studded silence of the Sahara, my Moroccan adventure had it all! I started with a city tour, marveling at the grandeur of the Hassan II Mosque. 

Then, a train ride whisked me to Marrakech, where I got lost (in the best way) wandering the vibrant Medina. But the real magic happened in the Sahara. I trekked across the golden dunes on a camel, which was an unforgettable experience. The highlight? Spending a night under a million Moroccan stars at a cozy Berber camp. 

It was an unforgettable journey – a kaleidoscope of cityscapes, rich culture, and breathtaking desert beauty.

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Getting To/Around Morocco

I flew Royal Air Maroc from Washington Dulles to Casablanca. This article shows my experience with the airline, including the check-in process, boarding, meals, and arrival at Casablanca International Airport. The food was good, the entertainment worked, and there was plenty of legroom. Overall, I had a positive experience with Royal Air Maroc, although the boarding process was very chaotic. I recommend researching transportation options at Casablanca Airport before you fly.

I traveled by train from Casablanca to Marrakech in Morocco. It was not a luxurious experience, but it was a safe and affordable way to get between the two cities. The train ride was about three hours. I recommend booking a first-class ticket, which cost me 32 euros. Here are some of the things to expect when riding the train from Casablanca to Marrakech:

  • The trains are old, hot, stuffy, and not very comfortable.
  • There is limited luggage storage on the train.
  • Be prepared for unofficial tour guides to approach you and try to sell you their services.


I visited Casablanca, Morocco and debated whether to explore on my own or take a tour. Since I was short on time and wanted to see the main sights, I decided to take a tour. I ended up booking a six-hour tour that was priced very reasonably.

The tour included the Hassan II Mosque, Rick’s Cafe, the Old Medina, and the Casablanca Boardwalk. It was a great way to see everything in a short amount of time, and I would recommend taking a tour if you are short on time as well.

During my visit to Morocco, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca emerged as a must-see. This awe-inspiring structure boasts the title of the world’s second-largest mosque and is adorned with intricate Islamic art.

As a non-Muslim traveler, I could only visit the mosque as part of a guided tour. Fortunately, tours are offered multiple times a day, although availability is limited during Ramadan. It’s crucial to plan your visit accordingly and consult the official schedule beforehand.

Additionally, respectful attire is essential when entering the mosque. Ensure your shoulders and knees are covered to comply with local customs.

Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert

Wow, the Sahara Desert was an unforgettable adventure! I took a 3-day 2-night tour of the Sahara from Marrakech.

The journey itself was a long one. We spent a good chunk of time – like 10 hours each way! – traveling by van. The upside? The tours break it up with interesting stops, including a stop at a traditional Berber village, which was incredible – the people were so welcoming!

We also stopped at Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been the filming location of many Hollywood Blockbusters.

The highlight of this trip was riding a camel across those massive sand dunes that felt like something out of a movie! We ended the day at a Berber camp, which was amazing. There was a big campfire where we all gathered, shared stories, and listened to traditional music under a sky full of stars. It was such a special experience!

Overall, while the long drives were a bit of a test, they were definitely worth it for the beauty and magic of the Sahara Desert.

I trekked through the Sahara near Erg Chebbi, spending the night under the stars in a Berber camp. Witnessing the fiery sunsets and the golden sunrises with the dunes as a backdrop was the highlight of my trip.

The Berber hosts were incredibly welcoming, treating us to a magical bonfire filled with traditional drums and songs. Riding camels through the vast desert landscape was a unique experience, and I was grateful that my camel was well-balanced! We didn’t fall even one time!

I spent some time in Marrakech recently, and I decided to immerse myself in the heart of the city by staying in the Medina, the old Islamic capital and the oldest part of Marrakech. It was a sensory overload in the best way possible – bustling crowds, winding alleyways, and the intoxicating aroma of spices filled the air. While navigating the Medina’s streets could be tricky at times, and my legs definitely got a workout, the experience was absolutely unforgettable.

I recently went to Morocco and bought a Berber carpet! It was fascinating to learn about the Berber people, who are indigenous to North Africa and have their own distinct culture, language, and flag. While I was in Morocco, I also learned about the tradition of Berber carpets, which are handmade and sold in villages by Berber women.

Buying a Berber Carpet is a unique experience, as bargaining is expected. I recommend setting a budget before purchasing and sticking to that budget. If you stick to your price, you will likely secure a good deal on your Berber Carpet.