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Discover Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains, the Trans Saharan Trade Route, the many Kasbahs and Ksars found throughout the Valley of Ounila. Visit Aït Benhaddou, today’s Unesco world heritage site. Bike along the spectacular Draa Valley, Morocco’s pearl. Adventure yourself on the off-road trails cross beautiful and flat sandy slopes, admire magnificent landscapes. Let the dunes of the Ahanou n'Zireg valley embrace you. Walk the oasis and hamlet set amid lemon, almond and olive trees and gardens of the village of Amazrou. Yoga with Perumal provides you with a unique and exciting itinerary outside the classical parameters where you will have a "live" journey in contact with the mountains, valleys, oasis and the Sahara desert. This program is a mix of extraordinary panoramas and scenery, history to be discovered with careful curiosity. We propose an innovative and extraordinary mean to travel, the fat e-bike. The journey includes overnight stays in charming accommodations, along in Marrakech, in Morocco’s biggest palm tree oasis and in the heart of the desert. Enjoy excellent hospitality and a unique experience. Over the years we consolidated and propose to the most attentive travelers a style of travel from the most remote locations to those which are a must see. We will travel by comfortable 4x4 jeeps and by fat e-bike. On top of the assisted pedal bike - we will discover the most unique corners of Morocco, rich in culture and traditions.
Charming Haute Maisons and Boutique Hotels with modern comfort, traditional Ksar & Kasba, Sahara desert camps. All with dazzling sunsets, silhouetting the Atlas Mountain peaks, the rivers and palm oasis and last but not least the desert dunes.
On all days, there will be 2 yoga sessions and 2 new biking itineraries.
Airport transfers. Dinner and overnight in a charming Haute Maison Boutique Hotel in Marrakech.
After breakfast depart from Marrakech and drive through the High Atlas Mountains, the largest mountain chain in North Africa that is an ideal place for anyone who breathtaking natural scenery. Heading south of Marrakech you will pass Aït Ourir, a charming Berber with a nice view of the Atlas foothills.
During our journey to Southern Morocco we will also pass the olive groves of the Oued Zat, as you ascend onto the Tizi- N-Tichka Pass Road. Built by the French in the 1920’s, the Tizi-N- Tichka Pass can be described as having mountainous barriers, Mediterranean and oceanic inﬂuences and desert borders. Along the former Trans Saharan Trade Route between Marrakech and Sub Saharan Africa. Presently it evolved to become the road of the Kasbahs and Ksars found throughout the Valley of Ounila. This arid land is brought to life by the Ounila River to form lush vegetation gifting travelers with stunning views of a green valley oasis.
Our journey visits multiple Kasbahs including the famous Kasbah Tamdaght. Lunch will be served in Aït Benhaddou. Aït Benhaddou once served as the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most of the town's inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; some families however still live within the ksar. Today’s UNESCO world heritage site was once a significant stop for traders carrying gold, salt and slaves along the famous Southern Caravan route moving through the Sahara. It is one of the most beautiful and best preserved places of Morocco, now a world heritage site made famous by blockbuster films such as The Bible, Tea in the Desert and The Gladiator. Overnight in Aït Benhaddouh.
After breakfast we will hit the road towards the Draa Valley’s. Morocco’s pearl location. Drive along the long palm tree oasis that produces dates and is known for it’s trade routes, volcanic rock and date oasis in the Draa Valley region. Pass the the village of Agdz and heading towards Zagora, a Saharan desert town in the southern Draa Valley. Zagora is favored by travelers for its desert dunes, palms, 45 varieties of dates and its Hollywood sunset mountain backdrops. Zagora is referred to as the "direct door to the Sahara”.
On the way to Zagora we will visit the Kasbah Ait Lkaid in the village of Tamegroute. Tamegroute, a village located in the heart of Zagora, has a Koranic Library that once held 40,000 volumes and theological college dating from the 11th century. The library contains a collection of illuminated Korans, the oldest of which are written on gazelle skins. These Korans are the some of the most precious manuscripts in Southern Morocco. The holy village of Tamegroute's claim to fame throughout history is the beautiful pottery created that has a glaze made of henna and is sun dried. Herer the traditional dark green pottery of the region is made and glazed. The emerald green pottery is distinctly unique to the Zagora region. Dinner and overnight in a charming Hotel, which attracts major VIP actors and rock stars.
Departure by 4x 4 in the morning for track in the direction of Tafraout. At the junction with the trail for Tarbhalt we bike off-road trails cross beautiful and flat sandy slopes until we reach some the falaise we will climb to admire the magnificent landscapes. In the afternoon, the bike is always in the valley of Ahanou n'Zireg where our desert camp is situated.
Bike ride for magnificent sandy trails and oued that wind through the black rocks up to the village of Ramlia, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we arrive at the Hotel Auberge Aghbalou. Dinner and overnight in desert camp.
Let us bike North. Crossing a charming small Erg to reach the riverbed Oued el Maider, bike up the Forum el March. Here to be found the Maider Volcano crater, a beautiful spot. From here on a hard and sloping terrain - traveled 3/4 by bike and 1/4 by 4x4 - we will reach Fezzou. Continue on an off-road until we will hit the on-road which will to get us via Anlif, N'kob, Tansinkht and finally to Tamnoughalt.
Via Ourzazate and the wonderful Tichka Mountain pass back to Marrakech. The road slowly ascends to the High Atlas, leaving behind fields and olive groves as we gradually penetrate the mountain. Until Taddert we pass through impressive bends carved into the rock leading up to 2300 meters height. Here you see the most inspiring mountain landscapes of the High Atlas. Desecnding towards nearby Marrakech where we will arrive in the aftrenoon. Guided tour of Marrakech's Medina.
Dinner and overnightin a charming Haute Maison Boutique Hotel in Marrakech outskirts.
Airport transfers and departure
On all days yoga, morning and evening sessions. Yoga with Perumal is made up of 6 parts which act as an underlying fixed foundation. Pranayama, preparatory, salutation, strength, stretching and meditation. Each part following in the order listed acts as a synergic to the other. The tutoring will be tailor made for your personal needs and condition, even within a large group. A progressive approach will allow you to achieve the right state of flow in order to improve mobility, breathing and circulation while strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments, leading to genuine mental and physical well-being. Yoga with Perumal lessons progress from the least challenging to the more dynamic postures during a lesson. The same theme runs through the retreat as a whole. The level we go to is determined by the group that is attending. The idea is to peak in the last days of the retreat.
All twice a day lessons are designed to lead into the next lesson. The first lesson makes the second lesson more easy to do and so on into the 3rd. The goal is also not to practice too strong otherwise the nervous system will react to tighten the body, injuries could easily inflamed and the body would not open itself up. The key is to make the body open itself up. Perumal's method adapts to the moment with a strong attention kept on the ones who have or have had injuries. The first lesson usually avoids all things that may lead to pain. The most important thing that those with injuries learn is not what to but above all what not to do while listening to their own body. Often the same thing that will heal will also inflame a problem if approached without consciousness. A result is felt immediately after the first lesson which creates motivation. Usually after the third night participants experience a breakthrough in the practice and physical wellness that is measurable and often expressed by them. Some stop feeling an old shoulder or back pain that bothered them for years.
Bike expert Luca Santini was a Tour Operator for 20 years, member of Adventure Spaces and co-founder of Drive Out, specialized in tailor made travels in the Sahara. He has organized numerous travels and expedition studies for major research institutes in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Libya, Algeria, Chad and Morocco. In 2012 he assists a team of engineers to fine-tune the first fat bike with assistance with a clear goal: to walk through the great sands of the desert.
Mr. Koshy born in New Delhi of South Indian parents began teaching under his Kung-Fu master. After over 10 years of martial arts he began exploring yoga by returning to his roots in Kerala, India. From here a yoga teaching experience grew through London (2001 - 2004), Milan (2006 - 2010) and Marrakech (2010 - Present). His yoga method, recognized by various international yoga journals, lead to him authoring articles for Italian, French and Dutch yoga magazines.
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. If you have special dietary requirements, please let Yoga with Perumal know when making a reservation.
A massage therapist is available on demand. Graduated shiatsu therapist with 26 years of expertise in energetic techniques for the psychological and physical well-being such as shiatsu, manual lymphodrainage (method Vodder) as well as harmony massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport.
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