On September 8, 2023, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Alhouz region near the city of Marrakech. The earthquake caused significant damage in the region, but most of the country was unaffected.

In the immediate aftermath, the people of Morocco and the Government came together in a remarkable display of solidarity. Volunteers from all over the country rushed to the affected areas to help with the rescue and relief efforts. Ordinary Moroccans opened their homes to those who had lost theirs. This outpouring of compassion was a testament to the resilience and strength of the Moroccan people.

At Morocco Treks, we feel it is important to acknowledge the impact of this event. Whilst we cannot ignore the pain that many people are still experiencing, we also aspire to share a message of hope and positivity.

The recent earthquake primarily impacted Alhouz, yet most of this breathtaking country remained untouched by its tremors. In the Atlas Mountains, renowned destinations like Imlil have stood resilient and are ready to welcome visitors with open arms.

We wholeheartedly invite you to embrace the opportunity to visit Morocco and make a meaningful connection with our people. Your trip would be a powerful show of support for the Moroccans, and contribute to the continuity of the tourism industry, a crucial source of income for many locals. Here are some tips to help our local community:

  • Shop Local: Purchase souvenirs and goods from local artisans and businesses.
  • Dine at Local Restaurants: Savor traditional Moroccan cuisine at local eateries.
  • Stay in Local Accommodations: Choose locally owned hotels, guesthouses, or riads.
  • Engage with Locals: Interact with Moroccans, learn about their culture, and support their initiatives.
  • Choose Local Guides: Enhance your experience with the expertise of a local guide for a deeper understanding of our heritage.
  • Stick to Your Plans and Visit Morocco: By maintaining your travel plans, you help us rebuild and grow, making a lasting impact on our community.

Morocco is a beautiful and fascinating country with a rich culture and history. It is a place where you can experience the warmth and hospitality of our people, try delicious food, and explore ancient medinas and stunning scenery. Moroccans take immense pride in their heritage, eagerly welcoming the chance to share it with you.

The earthquake is a heartfelt reminder of life’s delicate nature, encouraging us to treasure our moments with loved ones. It highlights our shared humanity and the responsibility to support one another in times of difficulty. Now is our chance to come together, to visit and explore Morocco, and extend a helping hand to the community through tourism. Let’s unite and create a meaningful impact.