I never made a "guided tour" before as I thought it was not an authentic way to discover a country. I was wrong! I will definitely do it again. We went to the desert, Illias's village (a little piece of paradise on earth) and in the mountains (great experience!). For four days I felt out of time, I saw wonderful places and I had a great human experience. Illias likes his job and he's good at it. He has many things to say about Berber culture/stories, nature and he share it with passion if you're interested in. It's difficult to describe how amazing this trip was with just words, the easiest way is to put on your shoes and go walk with Illias!
I got Ilias contact from Italy from a person that knows him very well. She suggested me to spend some days with him and so I did. Two days and a half with him through Merzouga and Dades valley. It was fantastic! He is very helpful and kind. Before and during our stay he gave us lots of information and suggestions also how to continue our trip around Morocco. We went first day in the desert with camel and we spent a night there looking at the stars, second and third day we visited Todra and Dades Gorges hiking all day and we slept in his beautiful guest house. We had lots of fun. Thanks Ilias for all!!! Everything was perfect!
We combined the desert experience with the Atlas Mountain trekking with Ilias and it was definitely the highlight of our Morocco trip! We had 4 amazing days including hiking through the gorge, swimming in the valley, camping in a cave, cooking traditional food, and riding camels in the desert. It was a lot of fun and we were able to get a great insight into Berber culture and see another side of Morocco far from anything touristy.