Mount Toubkal in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains appears to be a favorite for CNN.
Rabat – American television channel CNN has listed Morocco’s Mount Toubkal as one of the 25 most beautiful places around the world to visit.
The channel said that Mount Toubkal “lays claim to the title of the ‘roof of North Africa.’”
CNN said that Mount Toubkal takes travelers to a peaceful world “away from the buzz of nearby Marrakech.”
“The path to its summit zigzags across empty valleys, past holy shrines and up step snowfields before emerging onto a ridge that falls away to give climbers unrivaled views across the Atlas Mountains.”
The mountain, the highest peak in North Africa, attracts thousands of local and international travelers annually.
In addition to Mount Toubkal, the list of “the world’s top breathtaking, beautiful destinations” includes other mesmerizing spots in Africa, including the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, and Kenya’s Samburu wildlife reserve.
The Maldives, Ciudad Perdida in Colombia, and Svalbard in Norway also secured places in the list.
It is not the first time CNN has put a spotlight on North Africa’s highest peak. On April 1, the channel published a list of the 23 best global destinations for hiking. The list included Mount Toubkal.
“The path upwards rises from the village of Imlil, passing over a dry river before rising sharply through the shrine at Sidi Chamharouch and on towards a large mountain hut,” said the US-based news outlet to describe the mountain.
The channel’s recent accolades illustrate that the heinous attack on two Scandinavian tourists killed near Mount Toubkal may not affect Morocco’s tourism.
In December 2018, Moroccans were shocked after security services found the decapitated bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway in the Atlas Mountains.
In March, over 100 Danish tourists visited Imlil to show the world that Morocco is a safe country with hospitable people.