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Atlas Descent - Exodus Travels
Atlas Descent - Exodus Travels
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87 reviews
Starts
Agadir
+10 Destinations
Southern Morocco
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • See the famous painted Blue Rocks
  • Ride through Ait Mansour's lush palmeries
  • Walk through the silver markets of Hamman
  • Witness nature at its best in the High Atlas Mountains
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
15
Transportation
Bicycle
Start in Agadir and end in London! With the bicycle tour Atlas Descent, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Agadir, Morocco and 8 other destinations. Atlas Descent is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Atlas Descent reviewer 1
    Written on November 16, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    All in all, this was an excellent, well-organised trip and a wonderful way to see some beautiful parts of Morocco that the average visitor to Morocco does not get to see. There was a range of riding to test and keep everyone happy and content, but it was tough going sometimesWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?You can't help but be moved by the wonderful mountain scenery and seeing the Berbers going about there daily lives in it; children walking miles along dusty tracks just to get to school is an image that stays with me. Also, as mentioned previously, there are some serious ascents and descents during the week, so just getting up and down  those was an achievement. Having Liz (our guide) turn the last big climb of the week into a race, was a bit of a masterstroke from her as I don't think we would have done it quite so quickly, if at all, without this added competition.What did you think of your group leader?Liz is a lovely person who enjoys her job but is totally professional with it. She was always there to fix bikes, lend a hand, cajole and be there to sort out any other problems that came up during the week, not that there were any really. A fact I put down to Liz's excellent organisation and also to having such a great bunch of people to share the experience with - thanks people.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I think the advice on the website is pretty clear when it says "challenging", but a good level of fitness and decent padded shorts (your bum must still be sore Andy!) & gloves will go along way to making the trip more enjoyable. Having said that, our group contained a range of levels and abilities and I think everyone had a great time. Yes, it was hard and uncomfortable at times, but the rewards  for completing some of those climbs and rocky descents far outweigh any discomfort.Is there anything else you would like to add?Yes, I realise a lot of people come purely for the riding and this trip is quite a short one, but it would have been lovely to have an afternoon off one day to do something cultural. Although I loved the trip,  a lot of it is hard riding so not much time to soak up the atmosphere on this trip.Last but not least, a big thank you to Ali and Mohammed for helping us out and keeping us fed and watered - great lunches!

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 2
    Written on April 21, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A highly rewarding adventure - great cycling on a wide range of terrain in some superb mountain settings. An ideal trip for those seeking a challenging cycling trip that combines a break from the UK weather (hopefully) with wonderful scenery.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I particularly enjoyed the road and technical trail climbs, though I may have been the only one...What did you think of your group leader?Liz provided excellent support for all aspects of the trip and was a dab hand at sorting out mechanical problems and punctures. Paul's mountain biking tuition over the week helped me improve my technical skills.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The roughness of some of the trails means that it's worth taking a full sus bike if you have one. The rental Treks were adequate but the length of some of the descents on rocky trails means that numb hands are likely after a while. Our group was of similar ability and thus stuck together pretty well, but it's possible that you could end up waiting around if you are a much fitter rider than your fellow travellers. Also Morocco is not the best destination if you feel the need to go out drinking each evening after your day on the bike.Is there anything else you would like to add?While the hotels were adequate, the range of food was limited. It would be worth considering eating out more in some places (Tafroute?) instead. Also the time available to explore the local towns in the evenings was limited. The gardens and view from the terrace at the Hotel Cascades in Immouzer are superb. 

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 3
    Written on April 21, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A highly rewarding adventure - great cycling on a wide range of terrain in some superb mountain settings. An ideal trip for those seeking a challenging cycling trip that combines a break from the UK weather (hopefully) with wonderful scenery.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I particularly enjoyed the road and technical trail climbs, though I may have been the only one...What did you think of your group leader?Liz provided excellent support for all aspects of the trip and was a dab hand at sorting out mechanical problems and punctures. Paul's mountain biking tuition over the week helped me improve my technical skills.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The roughness of some of the trails means that it's worth taking a full sus bike if you have one. The rental Treks were adequate but the length of some of the descents on rocky trails means that numb hands are likely after a while. Our group was of similar ability and thus stuck together pretty well, but it's possible that you could end up waiting around if you are a much fitter rider than your fellow travellers. Also Morocco is not the best destination if you feel the need to go out drinking each evening after your day on the bike.Is there anything else you would like to add?While the hotels were adequate, the range of food was limited. It would be worth considering eating out more in some places (Tafroute?) instead. Also the time available to explore the local towns in the evenings was limited. The gardens and view from the terrace at the Hotel Cascades in Immouzer are superb. 

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 4
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Hot weather, sunshine, good food, good trails and great company. This was a week to cherish, and to remember.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I'd hesitate to use "insprational", it's a bit theological. The trip was just excellent fun. Six days of serious mountain biking. Some challenging parts, some dull parts and LOTS of fun parts. Rough fast descents, tricky tight switchbacks, rocky riverbeds and a little (too much for my preference) tarmac.What did you think of your group leader?Liz is outstanding, she really made the week a success. A real live-wire - as well as riding every mile with us, she went for a run some mornings too! This girl is seriously fit!  She's always on the go: arranging the group, sorting out snacks and drinks, repairing mechanical failures, changing tyres and tubes. She's friendly and down to earth. Nothing fazes her, and she's always on hand with an encouraging word (or a first aid kit if necessary).And when we hit the town at the end of the week, she arranged entertainment and massages for us too. Our special "skills week" also had former Mountain Bike champion Paul Hinton along as an instructor. He's an amazing rider who got up or down everything we challenged him to. His guidance helped bring all of us along a little.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for some on road sections. Morocco is modernising rapidly, and many of the sections of track are the only access to some mountain villages. For the convenience of the locals, these are being tarmacced, and while Exodus works hard to refresh the routes where possible, sometimes it's not - so you'll do a few miles on road on this trip. But (and I am a harsh critic) not so much that it will spoil your fun. There are enough rock gardens, singletrack and off-road descents to make this a great fun week.The hire bikes are adequate, but it's worth taking your own bike to get the most out of some of this terain. Some of the fast descents are very rough and very rocky. You can do them on a hardtail - but if you want to do it fast, you'll need a full-susser. Is there anything else you would like to add?The tip recommend that you take your favourite energy bars and snacks. But there's really no need. Liz provides a selection of locally sourced, delicious and nutritious snacks and drinks. You will need water though - Morocco is HOT! A hydration bladder is highly recommended - some of the climbs are long and rocky - being able to drink as you ride is a BIG advantage!

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 5
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Hot weather, sunshine, good food, good trails and great company. This was a week to cherish, and to remember.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I'd hesitate to use "insprational", it's a bit theological. The trip was just excellent fun. Six days of serious mountain biking. Some challenging parts, some dull parts and LOTS of fun parts. Rough fast descents, tricky tight switchbacks, rocky riverbeds and a little (too much for my preference) tarmac.What did you think of your group leader?Liz is outstanding, she really made the week a success. A real live-wire - as well as riding every mile with us, she went for a run some mornings too! This girl is seriously fit!  She's always on the go: arranging the group, sorting out snacks and drinks, repairing mechanical failures, changing tyres and tubes. She's friendly and down to earth. Nothing fazes her, and she's always on hand with an encouraging word (or a first aid kit if necessary).And when we hit the town at the end of the week, she arranged entertainment and massages for us too. Our special "skills week" also had former Mountain Bike champion Paul Hinton along as an instructor. He's an amazing rider who got up or down everything we challenged him to. His guidance helped bring all of us along a little.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for some on road sections. Morocco is modernising rapidly, and many of the sections of track are the only access to some mountain villages. For the convenience of the locals, these are being tarmacced, and while Exodus works hard to refresh the routes where possible, sometimes it's not - so you'll do a few miles on road on this trip. But (and I am a harsh critic) not so much that it will spoil your fun. There are enough rock gardens, singletrack and off-road descents to make this a great fun week.The hire bikes are adequate, but it's worth taking your own bike to get the most out of some of this terain. Some of the fast descents are very rough and very rocky. You can do them on a hardtail - but if you want to do it fast, you'll need a full-susser. Is there anything else you would like to add?The tip recommend that you take your favourite energy bars and snacks. But there's really no need. Liz provides a selection of locally sourced, delicious and nutritious snacks and drinks. You will need water though - Morocco is HOT! A hydration bladder is highly recommended - some of the climbs are long and rocky - being able to drink as you ride is a BIG advantage!

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 6
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A sublime experience . Beautiful scenery. Wonderfully organized.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Each day had its fair share of exhilirating moments.What did you think of your group leader?Beyond reproach . Alex was funny, professional and dedicated.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you are fit!Is there anything else you would like to add?Only criticisms: same lunch every day. Tinned mackerel for 6 days a bit dull. Insufficient portions at dinner for a 'Challenging' category trip. We needed More protein . Also, please ask hotels to provide a little Cheese or eggs for breakfast. Hardly a big expense !

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 7
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A sublime experience . Beautiful scenery. Wonderfully organized.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Each day had its fair share of exhilirating moments.What did you think of your group leader?Beyond reproach . Alex was funny, professional and dedicated.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you are fit!Is there anything else you would like to add?Only criticisms: same lunch every day. Tinned mackerel for 6 days a bit dull. Insufficient portions at dinner for a 'Challenging' category trip. We needed More protein . Also, please ask hotels to provide a little Cheese or eggs for breakfast. Hardly a big expense !

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 8
    Written on March 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip with a brilliant leader - the group got on well and the weather held up except for one day.  Awesome scenery and some fantastic trails :)What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me it was completing the 4km technical climb (without pushing the bike) before the final 7km flat ride to pick up point before heading to Tiznit Hotel.     I may have been at the back but I thoroughly enjoyed the climb despite the heat and extremely chuffed that I didn't have to get off and walk any of it.What did you think of your group leader?Liz was amazing - she gave very clear instructions on all parts of the route - happy for anyone to go ahead and regularly hung back with me on the climbs.     She had everything organised down to the the smallest detail and she made the trip what it was.      Mohammed and Ali were also brilliant as our support drivers and feeding us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yep - take some warmer clothes, arm warmers and warm jacket as it's colder in the mountains than you think in February.   The wet, hailstones and cold day was particularly horrible in fingerless gloves and shorts!!Is there anything else you would like to add?More time maybe to visit the towns you stay in - only got to see Tafaroute because ride cut short due to bad weather, otherwise I think there would not have been time to browse around the town. 

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 9
    Written on March 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip with a brilliant leader - the group got on well and the weather held up except for one day.  Awesome scenery and some fantastic trails :)What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me it was completing the 4km technical climb (without pushing the bike) before the final 7km flat ride to pick up point before heading to Tiznit Hotel.     I may have been at the back but I thoroughly enjoyed the climb despite the heat and extremely chuffed that I didn't have to get off and walk any of it.What did you think of your group leader?Liz was amazing - she gave very clear instructions on all parts of the route - happy for anyone to go ahead and regularly hung back with me on the climbs.     She had everything organised down to the the smallest detail and she made the trip what it was.      Mohammed and Ali were also brilliant as our support drivers and feeding us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yep - take some warmer clothes, arm warmers and warm jacket as it's colder in the mountains than you think in February.   The wet, hailstones and cold day was particularly horrible in fingerless gloves and shorts!!Is there anything else you would like to add?More time maybe to visit the towns you stay in - only got to see Tafaroute because ride cut short due to bad weather, otherwise I think there would not have been time to browse around the town. 

  • Atlas Descent reviewer 10
    Written on February 27, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing! Beautiful trails, quality organisation, everything i expected and more! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Conquring the uphills! Not many of them but they definatley make the downs more worthwhile! What did you think of your group leader?Couldn't of been better. We had Liz who is the most patient person i've met. Incredible knowledge of the tour and each individual trail. A great leader. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Lip Balm and anti chaffing cream! Thank me later! Is there anything else you would like to add?If your reading this you might be umming and arrring about the trip.... Â Just BOOK it! You won't reget it...... 

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  1. Day 1: Start Agadir.
  2. Day 2: Transfer to Tafraoute in the heart of the Anti Atlas Mountains. Introductory ride through a lunar landscape, passing the famous painted Blue Rocks.
  3. Day 3: Spectacular ride through impressive gorges and lush palmeries around Ait Mansour. A rough and rocky day with 35km descent and optional tarmac climb towards the end.
  4. Day 4: Transfer to Tizi Mlil Pass for an exhilarating descent and a great ride back to Tafraout.
  5. Day 5: Ride down to the old walled town of Tiznit. Optional visit to silver markets and traditional Hamman.
  6. Day 6: Drive into High Atlas Mountains where the landscape is very different; ride through pine forests and mountain villages of the Tiqqi Gorge to Imouzzer.
  7. Day 7: The ultimate off road finale, through remote villages down to the Atlantic Ocean for a swim; drive to Agadir.
  8. Day 8: End Agadir.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,953 km.
    • Agadir (Morocco)
    • 100 km
    • Tafraoute (Morocco)
    • 41 km
    • Aguerd Oudad (Morocco)
    • 54 km
    • Ait Mansour (Morocco)
    • 21 km
    • Tafraoute (Morocco)
    • 27 km
    • Tizi Mlil (Morocco)
    • 27 km
    • Tafraoute (Morocco)
    • 39 km
    • Anezi (Morocco)
    • 35 km
    • Tiznit (Morocco)
    • 110 km
    • Imouzzer (Morocco)
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