Day 9: Todra Gorge via Erfoud to Merzouga Sand Dunes of the Sahara
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After breakfast, a few us decided to go on a two-hour, guided walking tour along the Todra Valley's palmerie. As we walked through the valley, our guide explained how all the trees, plants and crops along the palmerie's riverbed were considered life-givers to all the local Berbers in the area. Everything was shared among all of them. He also explained how they held their get-togethers, celebrations, such as weddings, birthdays, etc., down in the valley and all were welcome.
The land was so lush and green in the valley in contrast to the walls of the gorge; it was so beautiful. As we walked, he pointed out all the different vegetables that were grown, such as tomatos and artichoke, in addition to the different herbs and spices. We saw pomegrante trees, palm trees and mint along the riverbed.
After we passed through the village, we once again cut across to another part of the valley and then made our up to the road and walked back to our hotel where we checked out and had lunch before continuing on our journey to The Merzouga Sand Dunes.
It was a very scenic drive that morning. We passed by more valleys and made a few stops to appreciate and take some pictures of the beautiful scenery. Mustafa even had us stop so he could show us some of the watering holes as we were nearing Erfoud.