Cascades d’Ouzoud Tourist Attractions
The Cascades d’Ouzoud is without doubt one of the greatest spectacles of natural beauty in Morocco: amazing waterfalls, magnificent natural pools and awesome wooded lush surroundings. Here you can hike, walk, swim or take a few days and camp to get intimate with nature.
So let’s begin our journey and explore the Cascades d’Ouzoud and its surrounding area.
The Ouzoud Waterfalls are a complex network of plunges that cascade into one another through a series of drops. The view from the top is powerful: the water drops spectacularly some 110 metres into the canyon of the river below.
To reach the falls, walk past the Riad Cascades d’Ouzoud towards the edge of the precipice. Here, you can follow a network of paths winding down to the valley and the great basins below. Along the way down there are several cafes, all fairly basic, but offering shady sports for tents.
At the bottom of the falls, there are some fabulous icy pools where you can swim or simply cool down. There are a few boats that can bring you out into the pools for the mere charm of it – you can actually just walk yourself the short distance to the other side where the basins are.
The Barbary Apes
Barbary apes, a species of tailless monkeys, inhabit the area around the waterfalls and can be occasionally spotted under the pomegranate and olive trees.
Your best of a sighting is at the basins below the cascades, just before dusk. If you’re lucky enough, the apes will come out to drink in the river to drench their thirst.
The “Mexican Village”
If you are down for the day, you can follow the course of the river to explore the awesome surroundings.
A short memorable hike is to follow the paths by the lower pools to the picturesque Berber village of Tanaghmelt, also known as the “Mexican Village”.
This is a remarkable village connected by semi-underground passages. To get there, head for the path by the lower pools, beyond which it goes up to the left past a farmhouse and up to the top of the plain. Follow this path west for a about a kilometre until you see the village – sited on the slopes of a wooded hill.