Merzouga

This small town in Morocco is surrounded by endless sandy dunes swept into dynamic and picturesque forms. A true feast of vibrant orange hues, this beautiful and friendly destination will soak you in warm sunlight and Instagram-worthy scenery.

This small town in Morocco is surrounded by endless sandy dunes swept into dynamic and picturesque forms. A true feast of vibrant orange hues, this beautiful and friendly destination will soak you in warm sunlight and Instagram-worthy scenery.

As the gateway to the mighty Sahara Desert, the small village of Merzouga draws a considerable amount of attention from travelers in Morocco. It’s home to Erg Chebbi — a particular sprawl of sand dunes that lies near the Algerian border. These undulating mountains of sand are rich in color, attracting both migratory birds and also camel-riding adventurers who are keen to try out the desert life for a day or two. It’s a monumental sight.

Absolute mind-boggling madness is the best way to describe the Sahara Desert’s obscenely sprawling sand dunes. I found myself jittery with excitement about one of the simplest things: a crap-ton of sand. Who wouldn’t be? The first sights of Erg Chebbi dunes are undeniably unlike anything else. Ergs, by the way, are massive seas of dunes. Think oceans, but sand. Take your pick between glamping, riding a camel (if you’re into that), or aimlessly walking as far as you can dune after dune, because you can, damn it. Most photos of travelers on their camel rides look euphoric, but in true Instagram vs. Reality fashion, the jaunts are quite short, follow a route where you can see the flatlands, and are lined with a lot of sun-hardened camel poop. Choose wisely…I had way more fun exploring solo by foot.

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