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The village is known for its proximity to Erg Chebbi, a Saharan erg, and it is for this reason a part of the itineraries of many tourists visiting Morocco. Merzouga has the largest natural underground body of water in Morocco.
In 2006 Merzouga experienced devastating flash floods, displacing 1,200 and resulting in some deaths.
The only way to get around Merzouga village is on foot. It's fairly small and easily walkable, but you'll likely want to avoid the midday heat during the unbearably hot summer months. The things worth seeing are either the dunes next to the village, or require transportation (car, 4WD, quad, or motorbike) outside the village, On tripadvisor there's Moroccan tour companies that offer this kind of services.
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