Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Work with the Atlas Cultural Foundation and local community members to restore historical architecture.
  • Ride camels along the Atlantic coast, and catch an ocean wave during a surfing lesson.
  • Tackle an overnight hiking trek in the High Atlas Mountains, and interview indigenous nomadic and semi-nomadic people.
  • Stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World built from the ruins of a medieval kasbah.



Morocco is a captivating land where majestic minarets tower over spice-scented souks and soaring mountains give way to date palm oases and desert dunes. Explore the enchanting city and markets of Marrakech, then venture into the High Atlas Mountains to work with indigenous Berber communities on projects that promote sustainable development and preserve local culture, history, and language.

Days 1-4: Marrakech, Morocco

Our journey begins in Marrakech at Djemaa el Fna, the city’s central square. Snap pictures of magicians and fortune-tellers, then venture into the medina’s maze of market stalls. Stroll Majorelle Garden, and visit the Berber Museum before we head into the High Atlas Mountains to experience the culture of this indigenous group firsthand.

Days 5-6: Imlil

Travel to the mountain village of Imlil and settle into Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Built from the ruins of a medieval kasbah, the lodge connects guests with the rich culture of local Berber communities. Set out on a trek amid the sweeping landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains. Meet students enrolled in Education for All, a program sponsored by our lodge that builds boarding houses for girls from remote areas so they can live in town and continue their studies.

Days 7-14: Ahansal River Valley

Continue to our Berber host village in the remote Ahansal River valley, and begin working with community members on a variety of projects. Tutor mountain guides and students in English, plant an organic garden, or help paint a mural at the community health clinic.

Meet with representatives from the Atlas Cultural Foundation, an organization that works with rural Moroccan communities to preserve historic architecture using traditional construction methods. Learn these ancient building techniques and hear how local culture is preserved through architecture.

Days 15-18: Essaouira

Cap off your expedition in the fishing port of Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Visit a women’s cooperative and explore the souks, or markets, of this ancient walled town. Set out on a camel trek along the shore, taking in views of the vast Saharan sands unfolding alongside you. Dive into the ocean and spend an afternoon learning how to surf with experienced guides. Enjoy your last days sharing stories of your adventures in Morocco with your group.