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Bring your tour of Morocco to new heights with a trip to High Atlas mountains

Morocco tours offer you the chance to explore the country's famous bazaars, legendary royal cities and imperial history, but they also bring you face to face with many natural highlights, especially the High Atlas mountains. Spread throughout the middle of the country, the mountain range is far removed from the bustling hubs of cities such as Casablanca and Fes, but its stunning views and idyllic atmosphere are hard to beat.

The highlights begin even before you've started to climb, as Ait Benhaddou stands at the base of the mountain range. The iconic earthen buildings are part of a famous fortified city, and have become some of the most recognizable figures in Morocco. The castle dates as far back as the early 17th century, and many parts of it are still in use today. The extraordinary landmark is the perfect way to start your travels through the High Atlas mountains.

After you've left Ait Benhaddou, there is still much more to see. Among the most stunning natural features are the Dades Gorges. The stark landscape stands as a testament to the power of the Dades River carving its way through the mountains, and the area is also home to many small villages, known as kasbahs, that have become popular tourist destinations in recent years. Todgha Gorge is another similarly impressive natural highlight of the High Atlas mountains. 

Once you reach the 5,900-foot summit on the road to the city of Marrakech, you'll certainly have to stop at the kasbah of Telouet. Though smaller than Ait Benhaddou, the palace is no less striking and offers an interesting glimpse into the history of Morocco. 

Even after you've left the High Atlas mountains and made your way to Marrakech, Casablanca and anywhere else on your tour of Morocco, the stunning landscapes and pristine peaks will stick with you. 

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