Welcome to Aït Blel

The road here is fairly new, so the entire valley seems untouched. Mountains are striped gold, orange and purple, with green crops sprouting from stone-walled terraces. Follow the road 6km from Imi n'Ifri to the village of Iouaridene and you’re in prehistoric territory. In a fenced area, just off the left side of the road, you'll find what geologists claim are dinosaur footprints dating from the mid-Jurassic period, about 170 million years ago (if the gate is locked, ask at the nearby house for a key). Quadruped and carnivorous dinosaurs once roamed this area, and local kids do a mean impersonation of a T-rex.

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