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Morocco has a very varied landscape with mountains stretching from the Rif, through the middle atlas and on to the extraordinary contours of the 1000km long over 4000km tall high atlas. This land is perfect for trekking with the opportunities of following quiet mountain trails amid villages. Visit the sand dunes by camel ride at the gateway to the Sahara desert or the long sandy Atlantic beaches. There are many ecotourism projects growing which support communities in rural areas.

Find an eco tour in Morocco. A list of eco tour operators, travel agents and accommodation providers either based in or that can organise trips to Morocco. Each listing includes a full page description so click for more information.

Travel Agents, Tour Operators & Eco Accommodation in Morocco

Journey Beyond Travel - Morocco
Explore Morocco with Journey Beyond Travel to enjoy an amazing trip with the country's premier in-country, ecotour operator. With 20+ years combined experience, we tailor trips to your needs and budget. Cultural and/or active trips are our speciality. A percentage of every trip goes towards sustainable projects in the villages with which we work.

Dar Lazuli - Boutique Riad in Essaouira
Dar Lazuli is a 200 year old riad in Essaouira, lovingly renovated by local craftsmen using traditional techniques and materials to retain its original features in harmony with contemporary designs and comforts for a 21st Century visitor. We work with the Travel Foundation to encourage our guests to conserve energy and support and respect the local community. Dar Lazuli is sponsoring children from a local family through school and will keep guests updated on their progress.

Little Morocco
Eco Hotel set in the mid Atlas Mountains in Morocco overlooking a six mile lake restored in traditional methods. Kayaking, caves, trekking, relaxing Haman. 13 rooms from singles to Berber long room.

Kasbah Du Toubkal
The Kasbah du Toubkal, just 60km from Marrakech, situated at the foot of Jbel Toubkal - the highest peak in N.Africa. A Berber hospitality centre (hotel/auberge) for groups and individuals.

Dar Tassa
Dar Tassa, literally meaning the home of motherly love in Berber language. A sanctuary set in a serene, mountain setting located just over 40 minutes drive from Marrakech inside Toubkal National Park.

Travel agents that can arrange tailor made eco holidays to Morocco:

Yoga Travel
Yoga holidays in Egypt and Morocco. As well as daily yoga classes we feature scuba diving, horse riding, camel trekking - or just relaxing on the beach.<br /

A Closer Look Travel
Specializes in booking eco travel, community (real cultural connection) travel and volunteer travel. We have one of the largest databases (about 3,300) of worldwide sustainable travel opportunities in the US.

Explore Worldwide
Explore pioneers small, group adventure holidays around the world. Explore&rsquo;s responsible tourism policy is the cornerstone of the company&rsquo;s approach to tour operating.

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Travel with Respect

Clothing should be conservative; avoid skimpy clothing off the beach. Locals do not want to see your knees and armpits any more than you want to see someone in thong underwear walking around your neighborhood. Long sleeves and loose pants or a long skirt will be more comfortable in the heat anyway.Greetings among close friends and family (but rarely between men and women!) usually take the form of three pecks on the cheek. In other circumstances handshakes are the norm. Following the handshake by touching your heart with your right hand signifies respect and sincerity.Left hands are considered 'unclean' in Arabic cultures, as they may be used to handle bodily excretions. Avoid doing anything with your left hand, even if you are left-handed. Offering money with the left hand is especially insulting.Despite mixed feelings about the new king and his reign, Moroccans are required to show absolutely loyalty and devotion. Omnipresent photos adorn many shops and homes, and insulting the king is a criminal offense, punishable by imprisonment. Keep your anti-monarchy sentiments in check during your Moroccan travels.Avoid talking about these topics: Israel, Homosexuality if you don't want to be awkward.

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Travel Safe

All the usual common-sense travel safety applies:Avoid dark alleysTravel in a group whenever possibleKeep money and passports in a safety wallet or in a hotel safety deposit boxKeep backpacks and purses with you at all times. Make sure there is nothing important in outside or back pockets.Women will experience almost constant harassment if alone, but this is usually just cat-calls and (disturbingly) hisses. Don't feel the need to be polite--no Moroccan woman would put up with behaviour like that. Dark sunglasses make it easier to avoid eye contact. If someone won't leave you alone, look for families, a busy shop, or a local woman and don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are so inclined, you could wear a hijab (headscarf), but this is not necessary. Morocco can be a very liberal country and most Moroccan women do not wear headscarves. However, women should always dress conservatively (no low-cut tops, midriffs, or shorts) out of respect for the culture they are visiting. In cities, women can wear more revealing clothing but as a general rule they should follow the lead from local women. Locals will also assume that Moroccan women venturing into ville nouvelle nightclubs or bars alone are prostitutes in search of client&Atilde;&uml;le but foreign women entering such places will be not be so considered but will be thought of as approachable.Be careful about being drugged, especially as a solo traveler. The common and easy-to-make drug GHB only lasts 3 hours and is undetectable in the body after 7 hours, so if you are attacked take action immediately. Hustlers can be a big problem for people travelling to Morocco, and Tangier in particular. It's often difficult to walk down the street without being accosted by somebody offering to give you directions, sell you something, etc. Your best bet is to politely refuse their services and keep walking, as all they are after is money. There are some legitimate tour guides, but just know that your guide will receive a commission on anything you buy while you're with them, so don't let yourself be pressured into purchasing anything you don't want.Armed fighting in the disputed areas of the Western Sahara are less frequent now, but clashes between government forces and the Polisario Front still occur. Don't wander too far off the beaten path either, as this region is also heavily-mined.

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