You need to train and provide proper travel tips for kids before taking them out on a trip. Family vacations can create long lasting memories and fun learning experiences for parents and children alike. The travelers of Morocco can involve in many exciting activities.
Thanks Alexanderwalk - totally agree about prepping our kids By the time we hit Morocco, they will be travelling with us for 6 months - but Morocco will likely be the first place where things will be more chaotic than they are used to. So letting them know some ground rules will be definitely a good idea.
We will research more about getting around, but good to know the latest updates on Petit Taxis (re: nlauer and markwillen). Appreciate all the tips!
I'm in the petites nearly every single day and turning on the meter is hit and miss. In fact, the places where the majority of the tourists are found, it's nearly impossible to get them to turn it on - even if you know enough dariga to fight with them. That includes, malls, hotels, train and bus station, fitness centers, anything touristy, and even oftentimes in my own neighborhood (which is not touristy at all).
Most of them have no idea what the tarifs actually are on the window.
On the other hand, I have to say that when you find the good taxi drivers who voluntarily follow the law, it's a great experience. I've learned a lot of my language from taxi drivers. So it can go either way.
Fes may be very different. Casa isn't like Marrakech . Taxis are a well known problem in Marrakech and the tourist industry reinforces the problem because tourists don't know how much they should pay. So they think that $5.00 is a great deal when in fact, it's not. While $5 isn't much, paying it perpetuates social problems that extend beyond taxi fares. The majority of the locals I know in town will attest to this and even admit that they themselves have issues with this as well.
One of the answers I believe is educating travelers so that they understand that by law the meter must be switched on and that they can require that.
And for the record - my first post was not motivated for self-promotion. It was offered as a means for the original poster to have a more direct route to getting questions answered. When I first planned to visit Morocco, I would have loved to have a resource such as that. While I see that it went against protocol, I don't always keep up with the varying rules for forums and it was an OOPS vs. an attempt at self-promotion. Other forum members could promote a more positive atmosphere by refraining from jumping to conclusions and instead recognize that mistakes can easily be made.
[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jul-2015, at 12:02 by nlauer ]
Nancy, it's normally spelt 'Darija'.
You might remember me guiding you on one of your earliest trips to Morocco?
I can assure you, guarantee you, that the situation with Petit taxi drivers in Marrakech is now massively better than it was even a couple of years ago, and unrecognisable compared to fifteen years ago.
Most of the other cities are easier
It seems that the Marrakeshi taxi's can still detect innocents abroad, though.
Of course, I remember. You did a fabulous job.
Dariga is transliterated into English both ways. My local Dariga teacher spells it with a /g/. As you know, Arabic to English transliterations have a lot of variations. Erfoud vs. Arfoud / Souk vs. Souq / Marrakesh vs. Marrakech / Fes vs. Fez / tagine vs. tajine. But really, does it matter? The variations are one thing that gives Morocco its charm.
My point is that it is important for tourists coming to Marrakech (or most places in Morocco) to be aware that the petite taxi situation is complicated - still, now in 2015. The fact that it's better than it was years ago is not relevant to now. You've lived here 16+ years - I doubt you face the same experiences as someone just off the plane would. The original poster was asking for helpful hints for people never having been here. Pointing out the unique Petite Taxi situation, especially in Marrakech is consistent with the original question asked. And it's something I'd want to know if I were in their shoes. Even life long residents here in Marrakech have huge problems with taxis. Can you help me understand why we're going back and forth on this? Why all the corrections and push backs? Is there something we need to discuss offline? Please, if necessary, I'd rather have a discussion via phone or email rather than in this format.
[ Edit: Edited on 18-Jul-2015, at 12:36 by nlauer ]