Rif and Atlas Mountains Map
Outa el Hammam medina and kasbah, Chefchaouen.
The peak overlooking the town is Jebel el Kalaa and makes a challenging hike, taking as much as 9 hours to reach the peak and return. The route is not clearly marked all the way so be prepared for spontaneous self-navigation.
Shorter excursions are, of course, possible and will still yield sensational views and possibly sensational smells if you stumble across one of several substantial marijuana fields hereabouts. Don’t worry about the kind of firepower you might find in similar plantations in southern USA; Morocco doesn’t need them as the crop is not exactly illegal (well, it’s a blind-eye situation) and widespread enough not to matter if someone helps themselves to a bud. But wandering foreigners are likely to be spotted by a goatherd and offered some hash instead.
Finally it’s time for a hammam (hot baths/spa) and a munch on the local food speciality, goat’s cheese, before heading off 60 kms (38 miles) to the Ketama district to investigate Rif kif more closely; alternatively and perhaps more sensibly head back to Fes, a pretty drive taking about three hours.
Skinny but apparently potent wacky weed drying out before processing.
The Rif mountains are an historic region for cannabis farming and hashish production (the second is a processed version of the first) led to regular consumption and export for hundreds of years, with Tangier being a major gateway to Europe for this controversial soft drug. Some love it, some love to hate it. Quite a number of countries around the world have legalised/decriminalized/tolerated funky fudge at various levels. e. g. Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and of course a number of states in USA. More information on worldwide legality
Backpackers travelling the region will be assumed to have an interest in buying at least small quantities of hash and the hassle factor of being pursued by dope merchants can be as tiresome as carpet seller antics in Marrakesh.
Still, Chefchaouen is a mellow town quite used to young people with an alternate agenda so this is one of the better places to get high in Morocco. Just be cool, you don’t want to experience a Moroccan prison!