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Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls

Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls: A Tour from Marrakesh

Introduction

When people think of Morocco, they mostly think of desert, sand dunes, mountain views. Waterfalls rarely come to mind. Even though I knew about this waterfall on my first visit to Morocco in 2018, I didn’t add it to my itinerary as I just didn’t expect it to be as grand and fascinating as it turned out to be. Truly the beauty of Ouzoud waterfalls is indescribable – a truly magical experience you need to experience for yourself.

Now let’s get into how to make that happen.

Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls: Booking A Tour

So I highly recommend you visit as part of a tour for ease and to truly learn the history. I booked my tour with @getyourguide and I truly recommend them. The booking process was so easy via the app (you can also book online).

The booking included pick up and drop off at my hotel in a comfortable minivan, the driver arrived at 8am and the day begun piling up a few other tourists at different hotel locations close by. The journey from Marrakesh last around 3 hours and included a stop for refreshments mid way. Our English-speaking driver made sure we knew all the important details about our visit.

Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls: Arrival At The Falls

When we arrived at the falls, I was struck by the sheer size of them. The water tumbled down the rocky cliffs, forming pools at the bottom where it was possible to swim in the summer months.

We hiked to different viewpoints to get the best views of the falls. Don’t forget your camera to capture the beauty of this place. You’ll get so many incredible shots. It’s also worth noting that the tour does include some hiking in the sun, so don’t forget to bring sunscreen and be careful if visiting with young children as you pass through some really high cliffs.

Along the way we saw different olive trees and also visited an olive making factory to see the process of virgin olive oil and we were also allowed to get involved in the process which was pretty cool.

Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls
The process of making the olive oil

Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls: Boat Ride And Wild Monkeys

One of the highlights of the day was taking a small boat ride to get up close to the falls. It was a thrilling experience, and although we got a little wet, it was worth it to feel the power of the water so close.

Experience the magic of the ouzoud falls : My son with a monkey
Experience the magic of the ouzoud falls : My son with a monkey

But the Ouzoud Falls are more than just a beautiful natural wonder – they are also home to wild Barbary monkeys. These playful creatures can be found all around the river and falls, and it was a treat to watch them gallivant around the place. Some vendors sell nuts at the site, do be careful if you decide to feed them – they can be a bit vicious at times.

Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls
Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls

Experience the Magic of the Ouzoud Falls: Lunch And Souvenirs

After all the excitement of the day, we were treated to a break for lunch, where I had the chance to try some authentic Moroccan cuisine. I highly recommend the chicken tagine – it was delicious! And Moroccan tea is as good everyone says it is!

If you’re looking for souvenirs or keepsakes, there are plenty of local stalls to browse. Just remember to bring cash, as most of them don’t accept card payments.

Conclusion

Overall, visiting the Ouzoud Falls was an unforgettable experience. The beauty of the falls, combined with the thrill of the boat ride and the chance to see wild monkeys, made it a day I will never forget.

If you’re planning a trip to Marrakesh, I highly recommend adding a visit to the Ouzoud Falls to your itinerary – you won’t be disappointed.

Experience the magic of the ouzoud falls : Video of my son doing shea butter
Experience the magic of the ouzoud falls : Video of my son doing shea butter

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10 Best Things To Do In Jamaica

10 Best Things To Do In Jamaica

Introduction

Jamaica is one of those destinations I’d recommend in a heartbeat. I felt so welcome there, The locals are one of the friendliest I’ve come across on my adventures, the weather amazing, the food delicious, and the water pristine. What more could you ask for? 

Here are the ten best things to do in Jamaica that will make your trip unforgettable

1. Dunn’s River Falls

Located in Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jamaica, and climbing up this legendary natural attraction is a must-do on your trip to Jamaica. (See blog post on all you need to know before you go)

Dunn's River Falls Jamaica
Dunn’s River Falls JamaicaAvailability & Online Booking – Dunn's River Falls Jamaica

2. Glass Bottom Boat Tour

If swimming is not your strong point, Glass bottom boat tour is a great alternative way to see the underwater life, as well as explore the ocean floor. These boats are a great way to get up close and personal with nature on this beautiful island!

Glass Bottom Boat Tour Jamaica
Glass Bottom Boat Tour Jamaica

You also have the option of snorkeling/diving as part of the tour, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

Snorkelling from the glass bottom boat
Snorkeling from the glass bottom boat

3. Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo rafting is an experience to add to your bucket list and a great way to enjoy the beautiful Jamaican scenery. The experience usually lasts an hour and you can add a limestone massage to your tour at an additional cost. 

Bamboo Rafting Jamaica
Bamboo Rafting Jamaica

4. Catamaran Cruise

A catamaran cruise will have you partying like the Jamaicans while enjoying the beautiful coastline. This party cruise also includes an open bar and DJ on board.

Catamaran Cruise Jamaica
Catamaran Cruise Jamaica

5. Negril Cliffs Tour

Negril Cliffs is a popular tourist attraction in Jamaica, home to some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. It’s located on the south coast of Jamaica and features a beach and cliff area that offers visitors breathtaking views of its unique ecosystem.

The cliffs offer spectacular views of coral reefs, fish swimming below them, and even whales passing by during their migrations every year! In addition to these natural wonders, there are also many other activities available here including horseback riding tours around this UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as zip line courses (which come highly recommended).

Negril Cliffs Tour Jamaica
Negril Cliffs Tour Jamaica

6. Bob Marley Museum

The Bob Marley Museum is located in Kingston, Jamaica. It’s a museum dedicated to the life and work of Bob Marley. The museum has exhibits that explore his history as an artist and musician, as well as artifacts from his collection. There are also interactive areas where you can make your music using instruments from his time on earth. 

Bob Marley Museum
Bob Marley Museum

7. Horse Back Ride and Swim

This memorable Equestrian experience has you touring the countryside and ending up at the shore for a refreshing swim. 

Horse Back Ride and Swim
Horse Back Ride and Swim

8. Blue Hole 

Blue Hole is one of the most breathtaking attractions Jamaica has to offer. The Ocho Rios Blue Hole is an excellent attraction for swimmers, hikers, and even divers.  The natural pools are made out of limestone and are located in a secluded area known for its stunning waterfalls. It’s called the Blue Hole due to the brightness of the water, one of the bluest you’ll ever see. 

Blue Hole Jamaica
Blue Hole Jamaica

9. Ziplining

Experience tropical Jamaican nature while braving new heights. This activity is bailable at several locations on the island and is a great way to challenge yourself as well as take in breathtaking views from above.

Ziplining Jamaica
Ziplining Jamaica

10. Montego Bay Tour

Montego Bay is an attractive and friendly city with a vibrant nightlife scene. The city also houses several museums covering various aspects of Jamaican culture, including one dedicated specifically to its unique cuisine: jerk chicken!

Montego Bay Tour
Montego Bay Tour

Conclusion

It’s highly recommended that you set aside a few days each to explore the beautiful regions of Jamaica. You can hire a local driver for ease, don’t forget to negotiate on price! 

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Disneyland On A Budget: The Best And Cheapest Ways To Enjoy A Disney Vacation

Disneyland: How To Enjoy Disneyland On A Budget

Introduction

My kids were constantly oohing and aahing when the ad for Disney land Orlando popped on TV. They’ve already been to Disney Land Paris a few times before and were dying to experience the magic of Florida so we decided to make it happen for them.

Disneyland On A Budget: The Best And Cheapest Ways To Enjoy A Disney Vacation

Let’s be honest, when it comes to family getaways most families can’t afford Disneyland Florida. But as a family of 5, I wanted to make that dream happen without breaking the budget. And in 2018 more than ever, I really wanted to make that dream happen.

Tolas enjoying vacation in Disney

Well, I was all ready to go on a nice summer trip with my family but then I realized we definitely can not afford it as it’s the most expensive time of the year to travel in. Florida however has great weather all year round so we decided to go in December which is a cheaper time to travel.

The hotel we stayed at was a big Orlando suites Holiday Inn resort with a giant water park. If you’re on a budget and/or traveling with kids, this place is great.

It is a modern hotel with several spacious suites, an onsite water park with slides, pools that are lifeguarded on duty, an arcade, a 4D theater, a miniature golf course, and kids’ entertainment. It also has a mini market onsite for your supplies and it has a free shuttle service to the theme parks! Book a day before because it gets pretty full.

The hotel is a money saver as kids under 12 stay free and up to 4 children eat free with a paying adult.

My charming angel enjoying her time in Disney world

The Amazing Parks In Disneyland

Now, about the park tickets. I attempted to purchase them before our vacation but was discouraged by the price tag of over £2000 for the five of us.

Then I learned that attending timeshare seminars was one method to get park tickets cheaper. I choose to pursue this course of action.

When you choose a timeshare, you must consent to hear a salesperson’s pitch in order to purchase a portion of their hotel. When we arrived in Florida, we were forced to accept the salesperson’s 90-minute presentation (Hilton for us). It appears that purchasing the stake will give you access to Hilton hotels across the world. Although we already knew we wouldn’t purchase, you had to agree to pay attention to the salesperson.

Disneyland On A Budget: The Best And Cheapest Ways To Enjoy A Disney Vacation

You have the option to decline the 90-minute sales presentation and purchase tickets at a discount, which is what we did. We spent £1195 for a week’s worth of park admission, which otherwise would have cost us more than £2,000.

Disneyland On A Budget: The Best And Cheapest Ways To Enjoy A Disney Vacation

Although it meant we had to squander a portion of our vacation, we didn’t care because we were only there for nine nights.

We enjoyed access to all six theme parks with the tickets: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disney Blizzard Beach Water Park, and Tycoon Water Park.

 

Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the water parks because they were closed for renovations. Hence the need for a better term, the four parks that were left were truly amazing when we visited them. You should arrive early because the queues are always enormous!

We brought sandwiches and beverages in a bag to save money as you are allowed to bring your own food into the parks. On certain nights, we also ordered takeout. The hotel provides a refrigerator where you may keep food and a microwave where you can reheat leftovers.

 

Here are our top money-saving tips to help you visit Orlando this summer

  1. If you can, try to avoid a summer visit. 
  2. If you choose a connecting flight, you can save money on flight prices. 
  3. Try using a hotel with kids stay free and kids eat free option for a more affordable vacation. 
  4. The night before your shuttle, book it so you can guarantee yourself a seat on it. 
  5. To get discount park tickets, use your timeshare points!

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