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BEFORE LEAVING

AIR SERVICE


Airplane tickets are not taken care of by Tamazirt Evasion. We adapt our tours as required by your travel times.

ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES


Valid passport is required, with validity at least 3 months from your entrance in the country.
No visa required for EU citizens (neither for Swiss and Canadians). Other nationalities must get information from the ambassade or consulate.
The maximal duration of a touristic stay is 90 days.

NB: think of making a copy of your passport that you can leave at the agency, in case of loss or robbery.

HEALTH


No particular risk. Morocco is a safe country, benefiting from all medical facilities.
Avoid water from the oueds (?) or street vendors. Bottled water is recommended.
Be careful with sunburn: do not forget your sunscreen and hat.

VACCINATION


No vaccination required by authorities for European travelers. However, an anti-cholera vaccination certificate may be required for visitors coming from areas where this disease is prevalent. Anti-malaria treatment is not necessary.

Recommended vaccinations
It is always better being protected against:

  • diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis
  • hepatitis A and B

and eventually:

  • typhoid and rabies

MONEY, CHANGE, BANK


National currency is Dirham. Dirhams are only available in Morocco. 1 euro is about 11 dirhams.

You can change money in every airport, bank or licensed establishments.

When changing currencies it is wise to ask for change and small notes. It is difficult to pay tips and small current expenses without them.

You can withdraw cash with your credit card. ATM machines are available in big Moroccan cities.
Credit cards are usually accepted in big hotels, shops and restaurants.

Banks open Monday to Thursday from 8.30 am to noon and from 2.30 pm to 4 pm. Friday is the great prayer day, banks close at 11.15 am and re-open at 2.45 pm. During the Ramadan period, they open from 8.30 am to 2 pm.

ELECTRICITY


220 V. Plugs and sockets are the same than those used in France (type C, E, F).

JET LAG


An hour less in winter and summer. UTC/GTM

TELECOMMUNICATION


Phone
The GSM network is very effective in Morocco.

Three phone operators (Inwi, Méditel and Maroc Télécom) share the Moroccan phone market and offer a broad coverage of the territory (except mountainous areas). Moroccan operators have agreements with the three French operators.
We recommend you to get information directly from your operator for phone call reception and international network fees charged.

Internet
You will find Internet cafés everywhere in Morocco, especially in towns.

LANGUAGES


Morocco official language is classical Arabic. In big cities most Moroccans also speak French.
Among other languages spoken in Morocco you will find Moroccan dialect and Berber.

PACKING LIST


According to season and planned tour we will provide you with a list of things you need. This list is not exhaustive but will give you some indication of what you need.

Clothes

  • Light walking trousers
  • Warm trousers for evenings (nights can be cold)
  • High-upper hiking shoes
  • Warm and comfortable socks
  • Light shoes such as sneakers or sandals for evenings
  • Short sleeved shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Pullover
  • Rainproof hooded jacket (Gore-Tex type)
  • Shorts or bermudas (long enough given that locals are Muslims)
  • Cap, hat
  • Swimming suit

Medical kit check list

We suggest:

  • A small individual first aid kit (bandages, unidose antiseptic, compresses, Band-Aids (plasters)
  • Broad spectrum antibiotics
  • Loperamide or diphenoxylate, ‘blockers’ for diarrhoea
  • Aspirin or paracetamol (acetaminophen in the USA) for pain or fever
  • Eye drops
  • High protection sunscreen
  • Lip balm

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In case of ongoing medical treatment do not forget to bring the quantity required for the entire stay.

Other equipment

  • Toiletry kit and towel. Avoid cotton bath towel, they are comfortable but don’t easily dry out. We recommend micro-fiber towels, light and quick to dry. You will find them in big sports shops.
  • Ear plugs
  • A good pair of sunglasses
  • 24/7 assistance phone number (compulsory)
  • Headlamp (for bivouacs)
  • Camera

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

GEOGRAPHY


  • The Rif Mountains and Mediterranean coast: The Rif montainous arc crosses North Morocco, dominates the Mediterranean coast and offers its high valleys, beaches and bright white cities set against mountain slopes. Leaving behind the cities of the coast, as Tanger and its turbid nostalgia of past cosmopolitanism, comes the real Rif: Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Taza… A traditional Berber conservatory, populated by ancestral sedentary tribes greatly attached to their culture.
  • The Atlantic coast (including Agadir): Since pre-medieval times the Atlantic coast has received influences of the external world. In its fortified harbours, Muslims, Jews and Christians had a productive dialogue for centuries. Discover the white Essaouira filled with Gnawa traditions from the heart of Africa, and Casablanca, an emblematic city of a modern and open-to-the-world Morocco. The Atlantic coast is full of stunning places.
  • Southern Morocco: south of High Atlas, Mother Nature has shaped dazzling landscapes evoking the encounter of mountain and desert: amazing foldings of the Jebel Sarhro, beautiful Dadès and Todra canyons…The fragile earth fortresses, kasbahs and ksours, remind us of a tumultuous past. Today’s life is concentrated along the oueds (riverbeds)- Dadès, Drâa and Ziz- around small meticulously looked-after cultivated parcels under the shade of palm trees.

CLIMATE


The mild weather of Morocco allows to appreciate the country’s diversity and wealth all year long. The climate of the coasts is mild (10° to 23°).

  • Spring: the mildness of Moroccan spring suits most of the tours. The beautiful light of this season is perfectly convenient for all tours.
  • Summer: In summer, the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts are very enjoyable. The Atlas and its multiple trekking possibilities offers a welcome freshness in this time of strong heat.
  • Autumn: autumn is a good time for all the tours (except from the Toubkal). In autumn you will fully enjoy the coast and its beaches without the summer overcrowding.
  • Winter: winter is the best season to visit the south of Morocco. Nights are cold but it is always sunny during the day.

Areas

  • In the Rif and Middle Atlas, summer months are dry but winter rainfalls are the strongest of the country. The rainy season lasts from November to January, sometimes even until April.
  • In the inland areas, climate changes according to altitude. Summers are hot and dry. When the Sahara desert winds blow (eastern winds, sirocco or chergui) temperature can reach 40°C. These winds, carrying sand and dust from the desert, essentially blow during spring. At this time of the year, average temperatures are between 22°C and 24°C. Winters are cold and rainy with frequent frost and snow. Average temperature is then around 13°C to 14°C and may exceptionally fall down to -20°C.
  • Saharan and pre-Saharan Morocco has a dry desert climate. Even in winter, weather is dry and hot during the day but turns very cold at night