berber market, argan cooperative and atlas mountains | marrakech, morocco

If you’re interested in reading any of our travel posts from Morocco before you watch these videos, you can find them here.

The first video shows a Berber market high up in the Atlas mountains. We had hired a local tour guide to take us around and after riding camels near the city, we were not expecting something like this at all. We were the only tourists amongst a group of locals going about their daily routine and experienced things we would not find in the Medina. We walked past a man fitting a donkey with a shoe, saw camel legs and brains being sold at a stand, and caught a glimpse of a young boy having his blood drained in one of the market huts. He was coughing and throwing up due to illness and they believed that by draining his blood, the “bad” blood would leave his body.

Berber Market from Postcards from Rachel on Vimeo.

The next video shows a women’s Argan co-operative. Widows from the local villages work here to support their families and themselves, and all the work is done by hand. The oil extracted from a hard nut is used to make cooking and dipping oils, lotion, hair products, lip gloss, face masks and other goods. The work is very tedious but the women were happy and talkative when we arrived.After we left the co-operative, we turned onto a rough rode going up into the mountains and made our way to an Imam’s house for lunch. Lunch consisted of tradition Moroccan cuisine like chicken tagine and couscous, and all of the funds went to purchase new kitchen equipment for this family. You’ll be able to see a wonderful view of the mountains from the top of his roof.

Argan Oil Cooperative and Atlas Mountains from Postcards from Rachel on Vimeo.

If you ever have any questions about our trip to Morocco, feel free to email me. This was one of our most memorable trips and I’d love to return!


Filed Under: Marrakech, Morocco, Travel, Travel Videos10 Comments
  • Amy Lee Scott

    Rachel, I loved watching your videos, especially of the argan cooperative. I went to Morocco in May and have a feeling I will be obsessed with it for a long time to come. I wish I had taken more video there to capture just how vibrant it is. Thanks for sharing!

  • Brittany Ruth

    Wow that would have been tough for me to see that boy suffering since we know that blood letting doesn’t work and is harmful. Didn’t know they still did that stuff.

  • Katherine Nolden

    Morocco is on my list of places to visit! These videos are amazing and very touching! Thank you for sharing!

  • Ashley

    Wow that drive up the mountain looked a little scary! Seems like the view was worth it though… just wow. Thanks for sharing these videos, they’re amazing. :)

  • lost in travels

    i’m so glad that you shared videos from your trip! it’s so cool that you got to go somewhere where locals usually don’t. i think that’s the best way to really get to see a country. i would love to go there someday!

  • Dara @ Not In Jersey

    wow, you’ve been everywhere! how cool that you’ve been to Morocco! Have you been anywhere else in the middle east?

  • Rachel Murphree

    Wow! I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco. The part about draining the blood from the boy would be hard to see though!

  • Holly Nelson

    Wow – it made me feel like I was there! Thanks for uploading these videos!

  • Erin Moran

    Those are some great videos! Morocco is on my list of countries to visit! When I first started watching I was concerned I was going to see the blood letting on the video, I’m glad it wasn’t there. I don’t know how I would have felt watching that.

  • Casey Martin

    I LOVED Morocco and this took me straight back! :)