In Pictures Finding the Cascades dAkchour a Gem of the Rif

Rabat – Approximately 45 minutes away from Chefchaouen lies the footpath leading to the waterfall. From here, the route to the cascades consists of nearly two hours of hiking through rough terrain, most of which is uphill.Though the Cascades d’Akchour is a beautiful sight, the journey to the waterfall is equally beautiful, and gives hikers an opportunity to see the Rif Mountains.Here is the journey to the Cascades d’Akchour in pictures: At a calmer area of the mountainside, the path events out and creates scenic views with shallow ponds and waterways.At the foot of the Cascades d’Akchour, water pools into a series of ponds, as well as a large swimming hole several meters deep.Behind a wall of rocks and foliage stands the Cascades d’Akchour, which stretches up towards the top of the mountains surrounding it and feeds the river flowing alongside the hiking route.In most places along the route, both sides of the path are overshadowed by the intimidating heights of the Rif Mountains.Man-made cobblestone structures and small stalls selling food and water make rare appearances on the mostly-natural path.Smaller cascades and waterfalls are a common sight along the trail to the Grand Cascades at the end of the journey.The Cascades d’Akchour feeds into a large river, which flows down the mountainside and into a damThe Cascades d’Akchour remain a hidden gem within the Rif Mountains, tucked away behind sprawling rock formations and cliff faces.The mostly-uphill climb towards the Cascades d’Akchour is littered with debris and other obstacles, promising a challenging hike before arriving at the waterfall.The path crosses the river at multiple locations via makeshift bridges and stepping stones; however, in many locations, the stream is shallow enough that the bridges are unnecessary.The path to the Cascades d’Akchour winds throughout the mountainside, with cliff faces and vegetation on either side guiding adventurers along the path.The path’s overarching foliage opens up in numerous places, giving hikers a chance to admire the beautiful mountainside surrounding the area.The route follows a mostly downhill-trek for the return trip, giving exhausted hikers a chance to recover from the climb towards the Cascades d’Akchour.The route to the Cascades d’Akchour wind throughout the Rif mountains, with a noticeable amount of uphill climbing on the way to the Cascades.A rocky and uneven hiking path dominates the route to the Cascades d’Akchour and give even experienced hikers a chance to challenge themselves.Along the stream leading to the Cascades d’Akchour, flowers and other Moroccan flora give life to the rocky mountain path.

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