Simply again from: Morocco

Cory Lee riding a camel in a specially adapted saddle Cory Lee driving a camel in a specifically tailored saddle © Cory Lee

Cory Lee, journey blogger at Curb Free with Cory Lee and Lonely Planet Pathfinder, just lately returned from an unforgettable journey to Morocco.

Inform us extra… I’m simply again from Morocco, the place I led a wheelchair accessible group tour (I take advantage of a motorised wheelchair in my on a regular basis life) together with Morocco Accessible Journey Consultants, an organization that specialises in wheelchair-friendly excursions. Morocco isn’t essentially the most accessible nation on the planet, however with a way of journey, we made it work and had a implausible journey. From wandering via the medina in Fez to seeing the sand dunes within the Sahara Desert, by the tip of my 12 days in Morocco it had change into certainly one of my favorite locations I’ve ever visited.

Good grub? Morocco is stuffed with nice meals! Should-eats embrace couscous and Moroccan salad, and you must put together to be supplied mint tea each time you go into a store, resort or restaurant. The tea is scrumptious, so I used to be at all times ecstatic to drink extra of it. The one dish that I favored greater than something although, and ate a minimum of as soon as per day, was vegetable tagine. Tagine is cooked and served in a conical-shaped dish, and you may get lamb, rooster, meatballs or quite a lot of different meats in it.

A spread of traditional Moroccan salad dishes Do not miss tucking into a conventional Moroccan salad © Cory Lee

You’d be a muppet to overlook… Rolling via Djemaa El Fna sq. in Marrakesh. I do know that it’s notorious for pickpockets, hagglers and snake charmers, however it’s not like anyplace else on the planet and should be visited a minimum of as soon as. Sure, there are snake charmers (and loads of them), however you’ll additionally see monkeys, henna tattoo artists, and you may seize a recent juice in case you like from one of many native distributors. In comparison with different components of Marrakesh, Djemaa El Fna is like being on a special planet.

Quintessential expertise? After visiting the imperial cities of Morocco, I headed to the Sahara Desert. It’s a few nine- or 10-hour drive from Marrakesh, however completely price it. To get to Jaimas Madu, our camp within the desert, we rode over some epic sand dunes in a Land Cruiser and it felt like I used to be in an actual life online game with a few of the greatest views ever! As soon as on the camp, I even obtained to experience a camel due to a specifically tailored camel saddle made by Morocco Accessible Journey Consultants. My complete desert journey was the expertise of a lifetime and I used to be in a position to do issues that I by no means thought had been potential.

A rug shop in Morocco Overlook the fridge magnet, a Moroccan rug is an unbeatable memento © Cory Lee

Get any souvenirs? Earlier than visiting Morocco, I by no means thought that I’d buy a rug whereas there, however that modified as quickly as I entered a rug store within the city of Rissani. The entire rug shopping for course of was fairly a spectacle, with sizzling tea being served and dozens of rugs being unfolded only for me to have a look at – negotiating the ultimate value was an occasion in itself. The rug that I bought was made by a Berber lady over the course of a complete 12 months and it now sits proudly in my dwelling. I may not have essentially wanted it, however there’s actually no memento fairly like a Moroccan rug.

What struck me most was… how useful everybody was. If a spot wasn’t totally wheelchair accessible, the locals would exit of their approach to help. One time a store proprietor discovered a wood board to put down over a step, in order that I might get inside. One other time, after seeing {that a} fellow wheelchair person in my tour group wanted assist with chopping up her meat, the waiter rushed over and did it for her with a smile on his face. Accessibility in Morocco will not be good, however the individuals positive do make it really feel accommodating.

Cory Lee travelled to Morocco with help from Morocco Accessible Journey Consultants. Lonely Planet contributors don’t settle for freebies in trade for optimistic protection.

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