Ait Bouguemez, is the name of the valley and its inhabitants which provide from the name Ait Bouammass which means in local Berber language “people from the center” caused by the central situation in the heart of the central High-Atlas mountains. It is also known under the name of “Happy Valley”. That name was given by strangers visitors impressed par the hospitality and joy of the inhabitants.
The valley is situated between the provinces of Azizlal and Ouarzazate. Its altitude starts from 1800m to 2300m high in the central High-Atlas, dominated by the M’Goun massig peaking at 4068m high. All around the valley stand +3000m high peaks.
The valley spreads its greenery on about 30km, making the longest and hugest altitude valley from Morocco. It counts 27 villages of traditional architecture using natural building material like earth, stone, wood… and counts a population of about 14000 inhabitants.
Being still a lake for more than a million years, the Ait Bouguemez valley was populated by great dinosaurs which have left huge footprints until 60cm large. Prints are easily seeable in the valley on limestone paves.