Excursion in the country of Messguina in the Western High Atlas

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About Excursion in the country of Messguina in the Western High Atlas

Messguina: immediate hinterland of Agadir (5km) in the Western High Atlas and in the heart of the RBA. RBA: Arganneraie Biosphere Reserve, UNESCO World Heritage Site Tighanimine Women’s Cooperative: 1st Argan cooperative certified “Fairtrade” label. Beekeeping: traditional apiaries for honey extraction.

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Highlights

Mosque / Medresa of Aguerd: time of the Almoravid dynasty 11th century.    

Saadian Tombs:  16th century Tombs, older than  those of Marrakech

Activities

14 km  including 4 km of hiking  (easy level )

25 km  including 10 km of hiking (medium level)

9:00 AM: Guests leave their hotel in Agadir to join the road to Azrarag (Messguina country) via the argan forest on the first foothills of the Western High Atlas. This road was until the 19th century the trade route   of caravans coming from S ahara.

Several remains still bear witness to this period, for example the Mosque / Medersa of Aguerd and the ancient Saadian tombs.

Two hiking opportunities in this region: one of easy level (1h30 to 2 hours with low elevations ) and another of intermediate level (5 hours with low elevations also).

 

Easy hike:

Only 5 km from Agadir is the country of Messguina and more precisely. The hike starts in the village of Tighanimine ElBaz (the eagle villa) and more precisely from the Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge. Discover the ancient village in the company of an inhabitant. Hikers will enjoy spectacular views of the Western High Atlas Mountain and the UNESCO World  Heritage Areraie  Areraie Biosphere Reserve.  The various neighboring villages as well as the local vegetation of the wadi  of Tighanimine and  Berber customs and traditions  are all  points of interest. The visit of a women’s cooperative of argan oil extraction and traditional apiaries will also allow  to know the local products.

11:00 AM: Return to the Atlas Kasbah ecolodge and visit the garden and this building with its  unique traditional & ecological  architectural style  in the argan grove  biosphere  reserve.  Possibility of snack.

11:30 AM: Departure of the participants to Agadir.  11:50 am : Arrival at the hotel.

 

Hiking medium level:

9:20 AM: Arrival in TighanimineElBaz by car and then departure on a hike with a resident of the village.  Visit the ancient village of  TighanimineElBaz and its women’s cooperative of Argan.

Then direction Azraragen takingmountain houses with picturesque views to the village of Aguerd known by its old Mosque / Medersa (11th century) and its Saadian tombs  dating  from the 16th century and which were built before those of Marrakech.   Continue to Azrarag and lunch at the guest house Paradis nomads.

2:30 PM: Departure by hike to reach the  gorges – Azrarag  crossing a small green  valley  of  the Atlas. Possibility to continue to the water source and then return to the village of Aguerd.  After continuation to the village of TighanimineElBaz.

17:00 PM: Departure at the hotel in Agadir

17:20 PM : arrival at the hotel.