RUN MOROCCO: MOUNTAINS & COAST FAQS
Morocco is a running paradise. Quiet, wide open roads, snow-capped mountains, dramatic rock formations, stunningly green palm oases and beautiful coastline. The culture is exotic and the hospitality overwhelming, the food is fresh, local, organic and delicious. Life moves slowly in Morocco: you will see, learn and experience more than you ever imagined, and come away with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
What’s included in the trip cost?
The trip price includes pre-trip communication & guidance, airport transfers, all accommodation, all meals/snacks, coffee/tea/juice with breakfasts, water, transportation, drivers, experienced guides, organized, supported runs and a Rogue Expeditions shirt. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave!
What isn’t included in the trip cost?
The cost does not include flight, alcohol, tips or personal purchases (and trust us, you will find things to buy in Morocco!)
Why isn’t the flight included?
International airfare is not included in the price. Let’s be honest, we are all unique and your schedules (and originating airport!) are no exception. Come early, stay late. Fly, sail, or overland by camel. Participants will be responsible for booking their travel arrangements and ensuring that they arrive in Marrakech Morocco (either at the airport or hotel) by the trip start date and depart no earlier than 12 noon on the final day. Suggestions and guidance will be provided once you are signed up.
How far do I have to be able to run?
There is no set requirement, but for the best experience we recommend that you be comfortable with daily running, or at least walking. Most runs will take place en route to the next destination, and vehicle support will available at all times should you be ready for a break. We’ve had everyone from a power walker to an ultra runner covering a marathon every day on the same trip!
What sort of terrain will we be running on?
The terrain will vary, but the footing will largely be dirt road and single track trail with a smattering of pavement. There will be some runs done in the mountains (expect hills, rocks and altitude!), and others along very runnable dirt roads. Every day presents brand new landscapes, so boredom is never a factor!
What time of day will be be running?
The time of day will vary depending on where we are and where we’re headed. Each day will involve some amount of drive time, though the majority of our runs will begin mid-morning. For runs that begin en route to our next destination, snacks and a changing tent will be provided before taking off and bathroom stops will be made in the nearest town.
What will we do when we aren’t running?
When we aren’t running, we’ll have plenty to see and do! There are many sights along the way (think ruined kasbahs, palm oases, lively markets, handicraft cooperatives) and we’ll be in areas with phenomenal hiking and exploration potential. Along the coast we'll enjoy beach time and you may have a chance to try some surfing if you want. There will be a significant amount of drive time, with well-timed breaks and photo stops. Meals are an experience in and of themselves, and we’ll have plenty of quality relaxation time on the terrace or around the pool at our hotels.
Can my non-runner spouse/friend come too?
Absolutely! Though it will mean more time spent in a vehicle (moving quite slowly at times), the panoramas along the way can entertain for days, and only a relatively small portion of each day will be spent on the run. They will still get to enjoy plenty of sightseeing, cultural immersion and relaxation (as long as they don’t mind hanging out with a group of runners!). Walking is also welcomed!
What will the hotels be like?
Rogue Expeditions supports locally owned and operated guesthouses when possible. Each night will be spent in 3-star and 4-star guesthouses, riads (traditional courtyard homes) and restored kasbahs. You can expect clean rooms, comfortable beds, private bathrooms with hot showers*, gorgeous Moroccan decor, phenomenal hospitality and often a swimming pool and beautiful surroundings.
*Please note that while all hotels offer hot showers, many of them are in small remote villages where resources are very limited. Hot water is often stored in rooftop tanks, which can't always hold enough for 15-20 people all at once. At a few locations we will recommend staggering shower times to ensure everyone gets a hot shower.
What is the weather like?
Usually perfect! In the mountains, expect clear nights with temperatures in the 40s (Fahrenheit) and bright, sunny days with high temperatures in the 60s-70s and little to no humidity. Along the coast, it will be warmer - likely lows in the 60s and highs in the 70s or 80s with more humidity. Rain is rare, but always a possibility.
Can I have my own room at hotels?
Sure! There is an option for “Private Room Upgrade” during the signup process. If you are traveling solo and do not choose the upgrade, you will be paired with a same sex roommate.
What sort of food will we be eating?
We will eat healthy, fresh, traditional Moroccan meals throughout the trip. A typical breakfast will include a spread of just-baked, clay-oven bread, pastries, local fruit jam, butter, cheese, eggs, fruit, coffee, mint tea and (literally) fresh-squeezed OJ. Lunches will typically be pre- and post-run spreads of fresh fruit, nuts, dates, olives bread, veggies and rotisserie meat. Dinners feature tajine – chicken, beef or lamb simmered in a clay vessel with an assortment of vegetables and spices – and couscous dishes along with fresh bread, olives, light soup and fresh fruit. You won’t go hungry! Most special diets can be accommodated.
What sort of vehicles will we be traveling in?
We will be traveling in well-maintained 4×4 vehicles.
Is it safe?
Very. Morocco is an extremely welcoming and friendly place, and one of the most relaxed and accepting Islamic countries in the world. As long as you exercise the same common sense you’d use anywhere (ie don’t flash lots of cash or expensive items in tourist areas), you’ll be fine. Hospitality is king in Morocco; our local team has worked with us for many years and they take the utmost care of our runners belongings and well-being.
What should I pack?
Packing light will make everything easier for you, but there are some key things to bring along, A few sets of running clothes (it’s so dry that you will sweat very little), running shoes, a few sets of non-running clothes, flipflops, one warm jacket, a pair of gloves, sunglasses, sunblock, reading material and a CAMERA are all recommended. A handheld water bottle or hydration pack is required. A detailed packing list will be provided.
Ladies, please keep in mind that Moroccan women never wear shorts, and rarely even wear short sleeves. Shorts while running aren't a big deal, though you may be more comfortable in capri-length bottoms. When not running, we recommend sticking to pants or long skirts; short sleeves are fine but please avoid tank tops. Along the coast things are a bit more lax and tank tops and swim suits are more common. Guys, please run with a shirt on. It's unlikely that anyone would say anything to you about your clothes in any situation, but we always encourage cultural respect.
Is alcohol allowed?
Yes, alcohol is allowed. Though most Moroccans do not drink alcohol and it can be difficult to find outside of the cities, it is by no means a banned substance and it is plenty acceptable for foreigners to enjoy adult beverages. You will have the opportunity to ‘stock up’ before we depart Marrakech – the supermarkets have a great selection of liquor, beer and wine.
What are the tipping customs?
We will provide country-specific guidance and take a group collection when it comes to the local team (ie drivers, cooks, etc) involved with your trip, while tips for Rogue Expeditions trip leaders are at your discretion – never expected, but always appreciated.
If I change my mind or something comes up, can I cancel?
We know that life happens, and on occasion a participant will have to back out of a trip. As most of our costs are paid well in advance, we have set a cancellation policy that applies to all trips. Travel insurance is highly recommended to cover potential cancellations on your part.
If you cancel (2018 trips):
- Within 30 days of signup: Full Refund (if you pay by credit card we retain a 2.9% processing fee each way)
- 121+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
- 61-120 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
- 60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds
If you cancel (2019 trips):
- Within 30 days of signup: Full refund (if you pay by credit card we retain a 2.9% processing fee each way)
- 90+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
- 61-90 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
- 60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds
**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, your deposit is non-refundable.
How do I sign up?
A $500 deposit will reserve your spot, and balances are due 4 months prior to the trip start date. Spots are first come-first serve, so don’t wait!
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