There are 26 villages in the Ameln Valley, and most of them are in dramatic, beautiful locations between the boulder-strewn cliffs and the lush palmeraie on the valley's floor. Easy walks from Tafraoute include a 2km (1 1/4-mile) stroll southwest to the village of Tazka, where there's a prehistoric engraving of a gazelle plus a few more recent ones. Three kilometers (2 miles) south of Tafraoute is a rock formation known as Napoleon's Hat in the village of Agard Oudad.
Berber carpets made in the Anti-Atlas can be cheaper here than anywhere else in the country, depending on your bargaining skills. Carpets featuring the deep yellow saffron pigment, grown in the hills around Taliouine on the northern side of the Anti-Atlas, are an especially good value. La Maison Touareg (tel. 0528/800210), just off place al Massira on the road up to Hôtel les Amandiers, has a huge selection of carpets, rugs, and kélims, all made by the Touareg nomads of Morocco's deep south. Hours are daily 9am to 7pm.