MOROCCO - Sahara Desert Yoga Trip
8 days 7 nights
Start in Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou, Agdz, Erg Chegaga Erg Chegaga, Taroudant, Marrakech
Daniela Holzer (Nella Yoga) Morocco Shiny Days a yoga Energy happening in the Sahara desert.
We invite you to an exciting adventure in the beautiful Morocco / Erg Chegaga.
This retreat is a mix of desert tour, yoga, a little meditation, lots of nature, camel trekking, camping
and a lot of fun. You come happy and fulfilled home!
Day 1: Marrakech
Pick up at the airport in Marrakech and drop off at the privat riad
Freshen up and rest
Go out and visit Marrakech on your own
Dinner and accommodation a beautiful riad in the Medina
Day 2: Marrakech - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Agdz
The driver will collect you at your accommodation at 8 a.m. Leave Marrakech behind to take on the Atlas Mountains and its dense forests through one of the most winding and dramatic routes in Morocco. Arriva at the Tizi n Tichka pass at 2200 meters high to enter the Great South.
Stop and visit UNESCO world site Ait Benhaddou to later skirt through Ouarzazate and then cross the gorges and reach 1700 meters high, from where the panorama of the legendary Draa Valley unfolds. Arrive at Agdz, from there, it is worth visiting the Black people village and the ksar of Tamnougalt.
Arrive at the hotel in the early evening. Now its time for meditation, we will do it before or after dinner. Dinner and accommodation at a Kasbah/Hotel.
Day 3: Zagora - Tamegroute - Mhamid - Erg Chigaga (4-hour drive)
After breakfast, a dusty off-road will take you to local prehistoric rock engravings in Foum Chenna before you continue your way to Zagora to discover the nearby village of Amezrou and its Jewish heritage, the old adobe synagogue and the silver jewelry craft.
Further on, the stoves of Tamegroute cast the emerald glaze so easily identified on mosque tiles, dishes, and pots across Morocco. The nearby Nassiria library holds a 10-century old gold- engraved Koran and various treaties on astronomy, medicine and Arab poetry among other gems. Before leaving the tarmac behind and take on the Sahara, we recommend visiting a traditional ksour and having lunch in Mhamid.
From Mhamid, across various types of desert, you will reach the dunes of Erg Chigaga, the last bit by camel. You can join your first desert yoga flow! The dinner and accommodation will be in a double private boutique tent with ensuite shower and toilets.
-Day 4: Erg Chigaga
Morning flow will weak you up. Today is more of a relaxing day, after breakfast, your driver will take you to visit some of the local nomads in order to see their style of life and get to interact with them while drinking a cup of tea that they will be happy to share with you.
Moreover, visit the sacred oasis of Oum Laalag then go back to have lunch in the camp and ride the camels in the afternoon to go up the highest dunes in order to watch a marvelous sunset. The dinner and accommodation are as per the previous night.
-Day 5: Erg Chigaga
Vinyasa in the morning! Today, after breakfast, you will be going on a camel trekking for the entire day including a picnic lunch in the shade of a tree in the middle of the desert. Also, you can join today special Yin yoga plus yoga Nidda. The dinner and accommodation as previously
Day 6: Erg Chigaga - Foum Zguid - Tazenakht - Taroudant (5-hour drive)
Wake up to admire the sunrise and stroll around the dunes. Later on, you will take on the hamada (rocky desert) and cross the dry lake Iriki. Have tea with the nomads, pry out fossils, and later join the tarmac again at Foum Zguid. Enjoy a tasty lunch by the pool at Bab Rimal or opt for the more formal choice of a kefta in the village.
Take the route west and soon reach the village of Tazenakht, very famous for it a huge selection of Berber rugs and it is the destinations of different merchants who sell rugs in different other Moroccan cities. Arrive Taroudant at the end of the afternoon, the Hatha yoga session is waiting for you. The dinner and accommodation will be in a beautiful hotel at the Medina or the Palme groove nearby.
Day 7: Taroudant - Agadir - Marrakech
After breakfast, enjoy a caleche ride around the city walls and/or browse the souks for the best argan oil or honey in Morocco. Make a stop in the Bach town of Agadir and continue along the highway to arrive Marrakech at the end of the afternoon. End of the tour, dinner and accommodation in Riad