From Fes to Merzouga: A Day of Changing Scenary

On Day 4 in Morocco, we awoke early to leave our great riad in Fes. It was time to head to Merzouga dunes. I was dreading this day because I knew we were going to be stuck in the car for many hours. We began the day in lush green Northern Morocco, drove through the Middle Atlas Mountains where snow is common, and ended in the hot and dry Sahara desert. It was certainly a day of a lot of contrast.

Fes to Merzouga

Fes to Merzouga

Snow in the back, dry desert in the foreground

Snow in the back, dry desert in the foreground

An oasis in the desert with palm trees along a river

An oasis in the desert with palm trees along a river

Random desert gas station

Random desert gas station

The highlight of the drive was the monkeys of the Middle Atlas mountains. These monkeys come from the same ancestors as the monkeys in Gibraltar but the Moroccan variety is wild. They do know that they are popular with people so they wait by the road for people to stop and give them food. They’re top notch beggars.

Monkeys hanging out by the side of the road

Monkeys hanging out by the side of the road

Hungry monkey eating Moroccan bread

Hungry monkey eating Moroccan bread

Monkey closeup

Monkey closeup

As awesome as the monkeys were, we had to keep moving so we could get to the sand dunes in time to ride camels into the sunset.

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