Some backpackers and I organized a day trip to Akchour waterfalls in the Rif Mountains from Chefchaouen for a day of hiking and swimming. We organized a grand taxi to take us there and back. I pictured our “grand taxi” as a small van, but it was just a regular sized car. I suppose I should’ve known since “petit taxis” are minuscule cars. There were seven of us, including the driver, in the five seat car, for the 45 minute drive to Akchour.
It’s all about the experience.
We hiked (walked) for about 1.5 hours in the heat (around 30C+ in October) through beautiful landscape (and, sadly, a lot of garbage).
I hadn’t even heard of Akchour until I arrived in Morocco the day before and met a kind and helpful Moroccan employee who assisted me at the bus station and excitedly insisted I must go to Akchour while in Chefchaouen. All I knew was that it was a hike that had a place to swim at the end. I had no idea there would be a jaw-dropping and stunning-beyond-words waterfall oasis of aqua green and turquoise water waiting at the end of the hike. Pictures don’t do it justice. The waterfalls are so high, you have to take a panoramic shot from the ground up to fit it all in .
I couldn’t wait to jump in the water after the hot and sweaty hike. I was warned that it was cold, but I figured it would be similar to lake water in Canada. Wrong. It was shockingly cold ice water. I jumped in and could not get out fast enough. I didn’t understand how the locals were swimming in it, especially when they’re used to such a hot climate. The same locals who hiked there in tracksuits and jeans on such a hot day.
On the way back, we stopped by some marijuana fields. There are marijuana fields aplenty there because that part of Morocco is responsible for 42% of the world’s hash.
Our taxi driver was waiting for us at the end.
Another cozy 45 minute taxi ride back to Chefchaouen.
3 years and many beautiful waterfalls later, I still have yet to see a waterfall as stunning as Akchour.