Just the Facts: Camels

Morocco; Gay Travel; Out Adventures; Camels; Humps; Desert; Sahara; Berber

Despite Morocco’s conservative nature, everybody is guaranteed a hump or two on our Souks & Sand tour. That is to say, riding camelback through the Sahara.

We’ll saddle up a caravan of these magnificent beasts and ride towards an authentic Berber campsite. The haunting desert sunset to follow will be the pomegranate on top of this unique experience.

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Queer Tangier: What you didn’t know about Morocco’s gay phase

Tangier, Morocco, Gay Authors, Gay Travel, Gay Tour
Peter Orlovsky (left), Jack Kerouac (centre) and William S Burroughs (clothed, bottom right) on a beach in Tangier, Morocco.

It was between the late 40s and early 50s when the gay literati of the time began flocking to Tangier, Morocco to escape the conservative landscape of America. Attracted to Tangier’s tolerant approach to sexuality and drugs, some of the largest names in the crew included William S Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Genet and Truman Capote.

By day these beatniks and bohemians met in Grand Cafe de Paris, breaking bread and exchanging ideas. By night, they drank in excess, procured prostitutes and indulged in the country’s surplus of drugs, unfettered by disinterested law enforcement.

While Morocco’s political stance on homosexuality has taken a sharp conservative turn, the country remains an important part of queer history and tourism. Not only were Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes scattered in Marrakesh, but tourists can still visit the Grand Cafe de Paris and El Muniria (the homestay where the majority of said authors resided).

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Stays that Slay: Morocco

Hotel Le DogeOur Morocco Souks & Sand tour is an overwhelming escape that warrants serene nights in comfortable quarters. To keep the Moroccan mystique, we’ve named our Starting & Finishing point hotels…the rest await on this jubilant journey that departs in September and April.

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The Art of the Moroccan Haggle

The mere notion of dickering over a price may induce anxiety in many Westerners, especially those of us who can barely muster the small talk we’re forced to make with sales associates while waiting for a credit card transaction to go through. However, haggling is intrinsically woven into the local culture in Morocco, and it’s a serious courtship: pay the first price, and you’ve offended the vendor by diminishing the value of their livelihood. But offer too little, and you’ll be shooed away for offending the vendor’s entire family with your cheapness…these guys are more dramatic than a Real Housewives reunion special, but their theatrics are also equally staged! Once you learn to dance the dance, it’s actually fun.

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