How Much does it Cost to Discover Morocco by BackpackNovember 15, 2011
Any journey within Morocco will be a wonderful concoption of bustling Souks selling goods of unimaginable variety, breathtaking natural scenery provided by the lofty Atlas Mountains and awesome Sahara Desert, and immense architecture seen in the many impressive mosques. Morocco provides a glimpse into North African life whilst being easy to reach for any backpacker short on time but ready for adventures. With beaches, cities, mountains and deserts packed with the fusing of Europe and Africa that is Morocco; this colourful country steeped in traditions has so much to share. We look at how much it costs for your senses to be tantalised by all that is Morocco.
- Get by with a little help from your friends: it makes bank balance sense to take a mate backpacking with you (and having company is always nice too!). The average cost per day (including a room and meals) to travel in Morocco for a single backpacker is $109 which becomes a mere $74 when you do it with a friend. This price includes average transportation and admission fees.
- With steaming spicey yet lemony tagines, hearty lamb kebabs, pastries stuffed with almonds and refreshing green tea with mint to name but a few; the rich variety of Moroccan cusine is high on many backpacker’s to do list. This delicious nosh can be sampled at street vendors, market stalls and in touristy hotels. It depends on your wallet size for where you choose to eat. A budget meal can be grabbed for $6 whereas a dinner in a posh restaurant will set you back around $37.
- Accommodation does not come cheap in Morocco. Even a budget room will leave even a seasoned backpacker $30 lighter. If you’re planning a romantic retreat then high quality hotels in Marrakech or Casablanca will set you back $140. It’s pricey but these rooms are beautifully decorated with ornate tiles.
- Consider paying some extra dosh for a local guide. Particularly if you want to go exploring in the snowy Atlas Mountains: a local guide can take you to villages that can only be reached on foot and navigate new paths if the weather becomes more snowy than planned (yes, we speak from experience!). On a recent visit we used a guide from ‘Trek all Morocco‘. For just over $100 per person we experienced a two day trek around the Imlil valleys and mountains. This included sleeping in a very remote village, a mule (a cross between a male donkey and a female horse – this topic provided hours of conversation!) and a wonderful cook (he cooked us local soups and stews on a camping stove) as well as an experienced guide. In our opinion, backpacking isn’t just about living on a shoestring; it’s about knowing how to make the cash you have work for you. Now that’s the way to an unforgettable adventure!