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Evan Pugh

My name is Evan. I am a Program Coordinator for Morocco off the Beaten Track. I have lived and worked in Morocco for a total of three and a half years over the past decade. My work saw me travel widely through both Morocco's major cities and rural regions. I absolutely love travelling Morocco to this day! Moroccan hospitality and energy means that it is very easy to strike up conversations that lead to new adventures.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"My regions of specialization include Morocco's Mediterranean coast, the Eastern and Western Rif mountains, Morocco's imperial cities and agricultural heartlands, and the administrative and economic capital cities of Rabat and Casablanca, respectively.

I am passionate about Moroccan agriculture and food systems, cuisine, bespoke tailoring, architecture, and history. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I first lived in Morocco for a summer during high school, and I just keep coming back! I studied Arabic in Marrakech, Tangier, and Fes, so I have gotten to see a lot of the country! Most recently I spent two years as a Fulbright Research Grantee interviewing olive and almond farmers across central and northern Morocco. Europe is very accessible from Morocco, so I have had the good fortune to travel Spain, Italy, and the Balkans as well. I am excited to help you design unique and exciting trips in and around Morocco!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Most houses in Morocco have flat roofs. Whenever I can, I choose to sleep outdoors at my house, in hotels, or in the desert. Spring and summer are perfect for this since it is warm with very few insects, and I have seen countless shooting stars while looking up at the sky!

I ate the best calamari and tuna that I have ever had in my life in the Mediterranean city of AlHoceima. The experience is also fun, since you buy fish straight from the fishermen and bring them to a series of port-side restaurants to be cleaned and cooked with parsley, tomato, and lemon. "

Evan is part of the following groups: Morocco Travel Agents
The iconic Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech
Morocco: Luxury Imperial Cities - 10 Days

Spend ten days touring the Imperial Cities of Morroco while relaxing in the lap of luxury. In addition to having a private driver take you around the country and give you insider tips, you'll enjoy private guided tours, cooling classes and incredible experiences like a night of desert glamping and a sunrise hot air balloon. After a day of adventure and exploration, sink into comfort in five-star, richly appointed riads.   

Marrakech old medina
Morocco Imperial Cities Luxury Tour - 7 Days

Visit Morocco's Imperial cities in this packed one-week tour. Start in Rabat, Morocco's capital, to see 12th-century architecture, then continue to Fes to explore the world's largest urban car-free zone. See the tanneries, world's oldest university, and medieval Jewish quarter, then head to Marrakech to round out your trip with ornate palaces, bustling Jemaa El-Fna market, and a half-day cooking class.

Ride a camel through the Sahara desert
2 Weeks in Morocco - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks in Morocco is enough time for a true grand tour, from the souks of Fes and Marrakech to the glittering Sahara, High Atlas mountains, and windy Atlantic Coast. If you want more than just the highlights—or if you're traveling in during summer, when the desert can be oppressively hot—stick to the Imperial cities of the north, diving into the history of classic stops along with places most travelers miss, like Beni-Mellal and Tetouan.

A view inside the labyrinth of souks in Marrakech
Morocco Grand Tour: Casablanca to Marrakech - 12 Days

This complete 12-day tour covers Morocco' best, from cultural stops in historic cities to desert exploration in the Sahara and surrounding desert. Explore medieval medinas, lively souks, ancient ruins, and old kasbahs. You'll trek along long-forgotten caravan routes, ride a camel over colossal sand dunes, and cool off in an oasis at the bottom of a gorge.

Jemma el-Fna Square comes alive at night in Marrakech
Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Fes, Rabat & Marrakech - 5 Days

Sample Morocco's most popular cities, including Casablanca, Fes, Rabat, and Marrakech on this 5-day trip starting in Casablanca and ending in Marrakech. Venture back in time as you explore the medieval medina of Fes. Spend a night in the capital city of Rabat before finishing in vibrant Marrakech. Leave charmed having experienced Morocco's exceptional architecture, ornate artisanship, delicious food, and bustling souks.

The Dades Valley, Morocco
Casablanca to Marrakech: Imperial Cities, Hiking & the Desert - 10 Days

Explore Morocco's imperial cities, mountains, and desert with this balanced 10-day trip starting in Casablanca and ending in Marrakech. Wander medieval medinas in Fes and Marrakech, explore the modern cities of Casablanca and Rabat, and adventure along old caravan routes in the desert. Spend a day hiking in the foothills of the High Atlas mountains before ending the trip in Marrakech.

Recent trip reviews for Evan

a beautiful, fun and memorable cultural experience · Morocco - Jul 4 - Jul 11, 2019

Traveler: Kimberly C. - Local specialist: Evan Pugh

My friend and I do not normally take planned tours when we travel, but we were thrilled with this experience in Morocco with kimkim and Morocco Off the Beaten Path. First of all, Evan made our planning easy; neither of us had time to really plan this trip and Evan was very accessible and made the planning process stress free. He answered our questions and met up with our interests and budget.
From the beginning of our time in Morrocco to the time we returned to the Casablanca airport, our... read more

My friend and I do not normally take planned tours when we travel, but we were thrilled with this experience in Morocco with kimkim and Morocco Off the Beaten Path. First of all, Evan made our planning easy; neither of us had time to really plan this trip and Evan was very accessible and made the planning process stress free. He answered our questions and met up with our interests and budget.
From the beginning of our time in Morrocco to the time we returned to the Casablanca airport, our Tour Guide Issmail was welcoming, friendly and responsive. He gave us context to what we saw and experienced, made sure we were at ease and safe and was always responsive to what we asked for (i.e. stops, information).
All of our riads (hotels) were beautifully decorated and interesting. Our favorite was the palatial riad at Fez and the rustic one in the Atlas Mountains.
We enjoyed our tours around Fez and Marrakech. Yassine of Morroco Off the Beaten Track joined us in Fez and he added to our experience. In Marrakech, we learned a lot from our tour guide.
Overall, our trip was a beautiful, fun and memorable cultural experience - just what we were hoping for. And, we hope to return with a bit more time to spend at the seaside and in the Sahara.

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Evan Pugh, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the wonderful response, Kimberly!

I am glad that I could help plan your trip, and help you get up into the to visit the Ouzoud Falls! You were wonderful clients to work with, and we hope to work with you again in the future. There is always more of Morocco to explore.

Evan Pugh

Trip to Morocco · Morocco - Mar 30 - Apr 3, 2019

Traveler: Katie C. - Local specialist: Evan Pugh

Overall, the experience was amazing thanks to KimKim. We felt safe in a country We were unfamiliar with, thanks to our awesome driver, tour guide, and riad staff. My only complaint would be, that the camp in the Afagay desert was empty. My friend and I were the only guests that night, so it was a little boring & creepy. However, the staff treated us like queens. We had an amazing dinner overlooking the desert and mountains, but it was very quiet. The tent we ate dinner in was huge with a... read more

Overall, the experience was amazing thanks to KimKim. We felt safe in a country We were unfamiliar with, thanks to our awesome driver, tour guide, and riad staff. My only complaint would be, that the camp in the Afagay desert was empty. My friend and I were the only guests that night, so it was a little boring & creepy. However, the staff treated us like queens. We had an amazing dinner overlooking the desert and mountains, but it was very quiet. The tent we ate dinner in was huge with a gorgeously decorated interior set up for a DJ, bartender, and more guests, in which there were none. Aside from that our experience in Morocco was unforgettable and totally worth the money!

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Evan Pugh, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the kind review, Katie and Erin. I am glad you had a great trip, despite the camp in the Agafay desert being empty. There is plenty more to see in Morocco if you ever want to return!

Best wishes,
Evan