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Old 01-27-2014, 04:46 AM   #4
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Not far from the Ouarzazate there is another UNESCO World Heritage Site - Ksar (fortified town) Ait-Ben-Haddou. In this picturesque Berber village removed a lot of Hollywood movies, and after filming all the artificially constructed decorations disassembled and Ksar gets its original appearance.

Ouarzazate town famous for film studio Atlas, built specifically for the convenience of film production in Moroccan beauties, as well as Ksar on the outskirts, but not so beautiful as Ait-Ben-Haddou. It was getting dark, so we looked for a hotel. Found a cheap hotel for 9 euros per room - is the cheapest hotel in all our travels. Though there is no shower, toiletries and towels, but there were three beds with linens, and we put the bike right in the hotel lobby, prying off for this part of paving slabs.
During all these days we are so accustomed to Helge that have already begun to miss him. We wrote him a message asking where he is, how is he? And in response got a very strange sms, meaning that we do not understand with Robert: "Look near a motorcycle, I have a nose for friends!". A few minutes later we walked out of the room and saw Helge BMW near our VFR! There was a stormy friends meeting))) It turns out that in Marrakech Helge quickly sorted with damage (some pipe jumped off), and remembering that we went to Ouarzazate, very quickly drove on the high mountain pass. Helge exactly has a nose for friends, find the same hotel as we are, it was very surprising!

In the morning, once again we parted with Helge, because he rode through the valley of Draa to watch Tinfu dunes, and we were going to the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, with starting on a fantastic beauty and Dades Gorges and Todra Gorges.

The road to the dunes of Erg Chebbi.

In the small village of Merzouga, we settled for 2 days in an authentic hotel on the edge of a sand dune. Took an excursion - walk a camel to meet sunrise in the Sahara. Berber man came at 5 a.m. and immersing us on 2 camels and led us into the desert. I do not understand, how in the old days, people for several months traveled through the desert on camels - horrible shakes, swings, camel periodically slides on the slopes, not the most pleasant experience! After 40 minutes, our guide stopped and said that further to the top of the biggest sand dune, we'll walk. Oh God, it was the most difficult climb in our lives! On a height of 250 meters we climbed within 1 hour, and in the end even tried to crawl)).
Unfortunately, this day was pretty cloudy, so sunrise we have not seen, but in any case, the view is awesome!

Closer to the evening of the second day started sandstorm - the breath of Sahara. Strong wind with tiny specks of sand, and to be outside in this weather is not quite possible. The storm was all night, so early in the morning when we saw a small gap, we hurriedly packed up and drove through the Atlas mountains to the Meknes town. In conclusion we done staging photo with specially captured camel:

To be continued.........
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