About the trip
Our excursions are different. First and foremost, they are always about experiencing the people, life, and culture of the Berber mountain villages1h30 drive from. Marrakech, you’ll visit. We want you to leave not just with photos, but with stories and memories of personal encounters with the individuals you’ll meet during the one or two days you spend with us in the hills of the High Atlas Mountains. After you arrive in Imlil, our starting point, we’ll travel the way the locals do: by foot or, for those who require it, by mules or by foot. This provides lots of time for questions and discussion with your guide, who’ll do everything possible to make sure you leave with a good understanding of Berber village life. Walking also gives you the chance to notice small details—a wildflower, how Berber homes are constructed, certain rock formations—that would otherwise be lost on someone going by car. After passing over local foot paths and trails, we’ll make our way to a Berber home for tea or lunch. We’ll eat with the families themselves, or if would like to eat with your group no problem, for overnight excursions you are encouraged to watch, or even help with, the preparation of meals. While enjoying meals and tea, you can feel free to engage your hosts and guide in discussion and more questions. Depending on the excursion, there may be time to explore the village more, see the local crops, or explore important nearby water sources like streams, irrigation canals, waterfalls or springs. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for breaks while you’re walking, and also plenty of spontaneous interactions on the trails with locals who, no doubt, will know our guides and strike up impromptu conversations. Eventually, you will return to Imlil set of trails different from the ones you first took. At the end of the day, you’ll be physically tired but—we hope—mentally refreshed by the cultural enounters of the day...and ready for another hectic day back in Marrakech.