Q1: Is Morocco safe?
Q2: What can I expect while touring Morocco?
Q3: What does a tour with Morocco Explored cost? What about
Q4: What should I bring on a camel trek?
Q5: What kind of food do you provide for your tours? What about the safety of drinking water?
Q6: Are American Express travellers cheques accepted in many places? What credit cards are good to bring?
Q7: How much and who should I tip or give money to? How are guides trained? Which days will we need to hire drivers or guides?
Q8: It seems there are days where it might be necessary or is it easy to get around without a guide?
Q9: What type of clothing is appropriate especially outside of Marrakech? Could you wear hiking clothes?
Q10: I understand that on the overnight trip to the desert, sleeping bags and sheets will be provided. Is that correct?
Q11: How are women treated in Morocco?
Q12: What kind of accommodation do you use?
Q13: Do I need travel insurance?
Q14:Do you employ local people wherever possible? And when visiting rural areas, do you also employ rural guides? Under what circumstances do you employ non-locals?
Q15: Do you ensure that the local people are given a fair price for their work or service?
Q16: Are you able to ensure that the local people whose villages/homes are visited are happy about tourism?
Q17: What is your recommendation to clients about giving money or presents to local people?
Q18: Do your guides have knowledge of local languages/dialects of any local people? Is this sufficient for them to be able to translate for clients if necessary?
Q19: Do you allow clients to buy illegal artefacts, or wild animal products?
Q20: Do you try to minimise any impact the clients and your staff have on the environment e.g: not leaving rubbish; not overusing resources such as water?
Q21: What is a Kasbah?
Q1: Is Morocco safe?
Morocco's economy is very dependent upon tourism and continues to be
a favourite destination for Europeans (3rd favourite in France), and
over 17,000 foreigners are registered homeowners in Marrakech alone.
In recent years reforms have been put in place to make the visitors
experience in Morocco as carefree as possible. All guides must be
registered and trained. Tourist Police Offices are in every major
city. The crime rate is very low, usually limited to petty thievery,
most often on trains and buses. Aside from this, Moroccans are
experts in taking you out of your money during bargaining with a
smile and a glass of mint tea; they are renouned for their
hospitality. Please read morethey are renouned for their hospitality.
Please read more about women travelling in Morocco
Romantic meanderings aside, Moroccans work very hard to make visitors feel welcome and provide what you need, but patience and understanding is needed as well. It is a developing country, and modern amenities are still being built, or are non existant in many places outside the cities. Sometimes visitors expectations are not understood by a culture that has little or no direct experience of them, so instead you will receive an interpretation of your request. Life moves a lot slower than what Westerners are used to and this must be taken into consideration. Sometimes visitors become frustrated when something is taking too much time. But life is slow by nature, and things do get done eventually. So Morocco should be approached with an appreciation of cultural differences, sounds, smells, language, expression, light, relaxing, enjoying and accepting. Remember laughter speaks the same language everywhere.
Q3: What does a tour with Morocco Explored
cost? What about cancellations? Do you have references?
some Euros in the smallest bills you can buy. Euros are
always good in Morocco just about anywhere. And they are easy to
change into dirhams and you will save a lot of time by bringing
Euros cash, therefore don’t have to rely on banks and long slow
lineups or non-active cash machines to get dirhams in Morocco.
you have registered with Visa for withdrawals, Visa cards are
also accepted at ATMs and is accepted in the bigger shops and
restaurants. Normally other credit cards are not accepted.
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All guides in Morocco must complete a two year Government training course and carry a certificate and badge that qualifies them as a professional guide.
drivers are not allowed to act as official guides. They can
help you and inform you on your journey, but cannot engage your
services outside the car. He can however, help you find and hire a
local (and better informed) guide if needed. Travelling with a hired
driver and a guide is not practical, as guides tend to specialise
ie: trekking, camels, city tours etc.
Grand taxis run from town to town and have a set price per
person up to 6 passengers. You can rent the car for yourself if you
pay all 6 places. No tip is required.
We discourage giving anything to children, no matter how needy they appear; it turns them into professional (and very persistant) beggars. See Q17 below.
Q8: It seems there are days where it might be
necessary or is it easy to get around without a guide?
From the city of Marrakech, where almost anything goes, to the Saharan village where Moroccan women dress in black from head to toe and one eye showing, Morocco is a country of many contrasts. Foreign women can travel freely and it is quite safe, but you will always attract attention everywhere, most often to sell you something, or offer a "service" (especially in the big cities, take that offer as you may!). As Muslims, men should not touch a woman he doesn't know. If a foreign women wants respect, she should not tolerate his long handshake or his lingering hand on her arm or anywhere else. In contrast, on public transport the elderly and mothers are offered seats by young men, and respect is the norm. Dress conservatively, and you can demand respect. Foreigners are treated with the duality of wonderful hospitality or as a chance for financial gain. The invitation to visit and have tea, or dine with a family is a treat and a memorable experience. But measure invitations with obligation! Traditions are strong and old ways still practiced. A good attitude and a sense of sharing and humour go a long way to breaking down preconceptions about you as a foreigner, and is always appreciated by Moroccans. For more about cultural differences, read 12 Good Things about Morocco. See also Q17 below about giving presnts and gifts.
Q12: What kind of accommodation do you
We can send hotel details once a deposit is received and booking confirmation is sent by the hotel.
Travel insurance should be obtained before leaving your country of origin, but we do not force anyone to purchase it. Local hospitals have limited diagnostic capability. Foreign clinics can be expensive, evacuation can cost thousands, luggage can disappear, so insurance is a good idea. We recommend World Nomads for good deals and excellent service for medical and personal property insurance while travelling.
Q14: Do you employ local people wherever
possible? And when visiting rural areas, do you also employ rural
guides? Under what circumstances do you employ non-locals?
Q21: What is a Kasbah?
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