When planning my backpacking trip to Morocco I didn't think about hitch hiking because mass media and society made this stereotype that Morocco is a dangerous country to travel, so imagine get in a car of a stranger...
It's true that transportation is cheap and generally (out of touristic spots) Morocco is a cheap country to travel but if we can save money and travel longer, if we can meet more moroccans and exchange cultures, why not?!
As soon as we arrived we felt safe. We asked several locals we made friends with and everybody said is safe to hitch hike in Morocco. So, what are we waiting for? Let's do it! By my 5 weeks experience I can tell you is the real adventure, you never know what will happen during and next the ride. Read the tips, if you have any question please ask in the comments so everybody can acess and we can start a discussion.
* Hitch Hiking in Morocco is not easy... is extremely easy. We never waited more than 15 minutes for a ride. Moroccans are interested in other cultures, other ethnicities so if they have a chance they will pick you up.
* Moroccan Hitch Hikers often say it's easier for foreigners. I think that foreigners wait 15 minutes and moroccans 30 minutes :)
* Many drivers will ask you money, especially in the North. It's part of the culture, don't be mad. If you are not interested just say no. You will get a ride for free soon.
* We weren't interested in paying for the ride so every time a car pulled over Bruno talked with the driver and at the same time I was asking for a ride. We missed many opportunities of cars passing by because we went together talk with the driver and he asked for money. Waste of time.
* If autocaravans don't give you ride don't worry, they very seldom take hitch hikers. Two years of hitch hiking only one time 5 girls in a caravan gave us a ride. Actually is not only in Morocco is everywhere in the World. My theory is that mostly of autocaravans drivers are old couples and either they don't have the spirit of hitch hiking or because is their mobile home and strangers are not welcome there. (do you have any other theories? Share please)
* You will live Moroccan hospitality full on! Drivers will invite you for a coffee/tea break, to have lunch, to meet his family, to sleep at his place or just to take a shower. Our very first ride from Tangier to Rabat even gave us money (!!!). That's not the point of hitch hiking, we said no but he insisted so much we didn't want to hurt his feelings so we ended up accepting.
* Usually we use our thumb to ask for a ride right? They use 2 fingers like the picture above. But obviously they will understand that a person on the road with a arm straight is hitch hiking.
* Funtamental words: Hitch hiking is Autostop and Mafish Flus (spelling?) is I don't have money.
* If they stop the car in the middle of nowhere don't panic! It's just time to pray :) Moroccans will pray anywhere as long as they have their carpet. There are Praying Rooms in Bus Station, Ferry Boat...
* If you use google maps to have an idea of distances be aware that many roads are in the mountains (eg: from Marrakech to Ourzazate) so it will take 1 or 2 hours more.
* In the South many roads are deserts. Good thing is that the second or third car will take you. Phewww!
* If you are in big cities I recommend you to get out by bus to the next village or by local bus to the route you need. It only costs 4-7 dirhams per ticket.
* We hitch hike once at night and it was all good but I guess that it's better choice to hitch hike during the day always. This is a general hitch hiking tip actually.
It's all for now folks! Hope this help you out to have a clear idea of the art of hitch hiking in Morocco. Discussion Time: did you ever hitch hike in Morocco? How was it? Or are you thinking about it? Share in the comments.