Todra Gorge, Gorges de Todra.
Carving a path 40 kms (25 miles) long through the eastern part of the Atlas Mountains the Todra Gorge is a stunning canyon popular with tourists; a bit too popular if you value your solitude but if you start walking the masses soon drift away. Todra is 15kms (10 miles) from the town of Tinehir (aka Tinghir) where the best budget hotels are located.
The last 600 metres of the gorge is the most dramatic (from the point photographed above), with sheer walls 160m high and gorge width narrowing to just 10m in places, barely enough room for the stream of glacial water and the river of sweating hikers! The Gorge can be approached by car but not driven though.
Hikers love the pink, grey and brown rock, the crystal stream and the occasional flash of sunlight which is generally seen in the morning. Most walkers opt for a few kilometers walk there and back but a full hike from this end could take serious trekkers as far as the lovely Berber village of Tamtattouchte.
Todra is also popular with climbers due to its 160m limestone walls with over 20 sturdy crags and fine single or multi-pitch sports climbs.
Location: the gorge is about halfway between Ouarzazate and Errachidia and reached from Marrakesh by bus or Grande (collective) taxi to Tinehir in 5-8 hours.
The famous tree-climbing goats in the south of Morocco near Marrakesh.