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Coming from Marrakech, having passed the majestic Atlas Mountains with its snowy tops and travelling more to southeast, you reach Ait Benhaddou after 2 hours of bus drive. Ksar Ait Benhaddou is at the borders of arid lands, further ahead the desert starts. It is located at the ramparts of a not so high hill, the top crowned with a granary. Earthmade houses, typical of traditional Berber architecture, create an incredibly authentic view for the naive visitors' eyes. The place, after becoming a natural decor for some famous historical movies, became a UNESCO Heritage site. Now, only 10 families live in the town, all of them earning money from tourism and spending most of it for restoration purposes. No electricity and motorized transportation. The only means of transport is donkeys. When i arrived there, it was this personage with long ears who carried my luggage while crossing the river. Yes, you have to cross a river to arrive there, right on your feet. No bridges at all (ok, there is a bridge for crossing the river, but too far and not so useful).

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