Meet the Journey Beyond Travel

Morocco Team

Journey Beyond Travel is a family-owned and -operated tour company that arranges tailored trips full of meaningful cross-cultural experiences and in-depth personal encounters. We gear each trip to your personal interests and are vested to ensure you have an authentic, high-quality, and rewarding adventure. Our crew is made up of local staff and coordinators alongside independent city guides and drivers who have been with us for over a decade. We are proud to have an expert-led team of professionals that is the best in the country!

Lucas Peters, owner and managing director of Journey Beyond Travel, travel expert, writer, and photographer author of Moon Morocco, Moon Grand European Journeys, Moon Seville, Granada, and Andalusia, Moon Marrakesh, and editor and contributor to Our Morocco

Lucas is the Owner & Director of Journey Beyond Travel. He moved to Morocco in 2009 and is considered as one of the most prolific Morocco travel  experts. He is the author and main photographer for the Moon Guidebooks series for Morocco. Lucas is  your first point of contact for all tours in Morocco. He spends his free time traveling across Morocco, meeting our guides, drivers and other partners. Over the course of over 15 years, he has developed relationships around the country that our travelers can benefit from.

He has also written and photographed Grand European Journeys and Seville, Granada, and Andalusia for Moon Travel Guides as well as edited the first ever publication for Journey Beyond Travel Publications: Our Morocco. He lives in Tangier with his wife, Amina, and two young children.

Amina comes to JBT after over a decade of working in various non-profits, including UNESCO. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Michigan State and is a proud Moroccan, feminist, mother, promoter of equal rights, climate change activist, and she is at the forefront of all of our NGO initiatives. Given her fluencies in language (Arabic, English, French and Spanish), she is able to network throughout the world. She also provides much of the logistical help for your tour through Morocco and is a valued liaison with our partners on the ground. She loves art, freedom of expression, and is an accomplished photographer in her own right. You can read more about her on Amina’s Wikipedia page.

Fazia came to Journey Beyond Travel from a diverse cultural background – Portuguese, Brazilian, Guyanese, and Indian. She lived in Morocco for over 20 years. After growing up in Canada, she moved to the US and majored in African Studies at university with a focus on Morocco. After a year abroad in the North African Kingdom, she decided to stay and teach English for seven years in Rabat. With a decade under her belt in the field of tourism, she is now certified in Sustainable Community Development.

Thomas and his dog Van Go int he High Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Thomas spent years in the Peace Corps and developed the idea that became Journey Beyond Travel. He authored the Middle Atlas Mountains and High Atlas Mountains chapters for the Rough Guide series between 2010-2015. He wanted to show people a side of Morocco left unseen, the ‘real’ Morocco. He is now a Nurse Practitioner living in Oregon back in the USA and is developing another business focusing on health.

Omar Moutei Journey Beyond Travel Tour Operations

Omar grew up in Washington DC before moving to Morocco where he lived in a few different cities including Fes, Meknes, Ifrane and Rabat. Always keeping one foot in each country, he is very comfortable navigating through both cultures. He has a background in development, having worked in different UN agencies and Moroccan Civil Society Organizations. Omar holds a particular interest for local development, community empowerment and civic engagement.

Khaoula Hajarabi Tour Operations Journey Beyond Travel

Khaoula’s journey started when her family left Rabat to raise her in Abidjan, Co?te d’Ivoire. Her West and North African upbringings gave her a taste of what she could do to preserve the rich cultures she inherited and to foster a sustainable future for them to thrive, so she made sure to pack a political science bachelor from EgE Rabat and master’s degree from Sciences Po Lyon. She then carried on in Morocco (Casablanca, Rabat) where she explored for about 7 years issues such as access to health services and medicine, inclusion and diversity in the workplace, physical and digital accessibility, alongside local and global civil society organizations and non-profits. She wandered into JBT asking if we believed in transferable skills and saying she wanted to see how tourism and development intertwined, so we let her in because she sums up what we believe in so eloquently!

Guides, Drivers, and In-Country Hosts

Mohamed is an independent official guide focusing on the city of Marrakesh and surrounding region. He graduated from university in 1991 with a degree in English Language and Literature. It wasn’t until 2007 that he obtained his official guide license after studying French Literature and Translation in Rabat alongside two years of Spanish language. Before his license, he worked for six years as an assistant tour coordinator where he became fascinated with meeting people from abroad, learning about their heritage, and as much as their culture as he could. He finds his job both challenging and rewarding and feels that each and every trip is different from any other – which keeps his interest in his job and the field of tourism high. Before each visit, Mohamed enjoys talking with clients about what they are most interested in seeing and doing. This helps keeps things flexible and interesting for everyone involved and he tries to fine tune each day to the needs of each traveler. One of his favorite places to take visitors in Marrakesh is not only to the main sights and monuments with their fascinating history, but also to some hidden places, local cafes, and areas where travelers can meet people doing daily activities.
Naim is an independent official guide focusing on Fez and surrounding areas. He graduated from Fez University with a degree in English Literature after having spent time studying in France. Going by his last name, “Naim,” he has been a national tour leader since 2007 and also works as a part-time English teacher in his hometown area of Sefrou. Wanting to spend more time with his family, he has dedicated himself to becoming one of Fez’s most renowned city guides taking travelers from all over the globe around the Fez ancient medina. He looks forward to each day where he looks forward to sharing the people, history, and cultural heritage of one of Morocco’s most mesmerizing cities.
Tata is an independent official guide and in-country host. He focuses with JBT on the Ziz Valley and Sahara Desert regions. His main objective for tourists is to ensure their safety and to take them to little-known areas around his village and in the farther reaches of the desert. If you are heading to the Sahara Desert, chances are you’ll acquaint yourself with Tata and learn more about the southern oases, the reality of living in a desert climate, and how agriculture plays such an important role in their lives. Tata enjoys not only showing travelers his home, but introducing them to his family, sharing a meal, playing music, and taking people to meet nomadic families. He has been learning English with our clients and on his own after studying it some in high school. In university, he studied Animal Husbandry and has various projects going on in the Ziz Valley and Errachidia. He enjoys meeting people from around the world and finds the diversity in people, places, beliefs, and perspectives remarkable. He enjoys enriching his knowledge about the world by learning from others and sharing his own cultural perspectives with travelers as they pass through his region.
Omar is an independent driver, in-country host, mountain guide, and entrepreneur. He has been working in the field of tourism for well over a decade. He enjoys his experience above all others because he has been able to make friends and connections all over the world. He also attributes learning more about his own country through the eyes of travelers and what they share with him. His main goals during your trip is to make you feel like a friend and even family so that you are comfortable in learning about their Berber heritage and culture. Omar’s favorite part of his job is to ensure that you have great service throughout your time and that you are able to discover the villages and local people. Omar’s good humor shines through his work and he and clients often laugh together over their experiences. Whether clients like to walk fast or slowly, he’s happy to simply be along ensuring all goes well. Omar’s hobbies include walking and cross-country skiing. Omar started working in tourism when he was 14 years old. Following, he joined the Royal Moroccan Federation of Ski and Mountain Rescue before attending a private English institute for nine months and thereafter obtaining his license as a Certified Mountain Guide. He’s always open to learning more about tourism, trekking, and about other people from all over the world.
Hamid B. is an independent driver and in-country host. He has been working in tourism for 27 years. He enjoys sharing his culture and customs with travelers who he takes very good care of throughout their journey. With a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, he has become an intuitive person having the superb ability to meet the needs of various clients from around the world and enjoys trying to meet high expectations. One of the highlights of his work is that he feels confident making recommendations to clients about places in their route where they can get off the beaten path. He is well connected around the country and takes people to special places in each region. His passions include cooking, fishing, and reading English books to better his skills.
Naim is an indepedent driver and in-country host. He graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature in 2005. He dreamed of working in tourism so that he could meet others, practice English, and in many ways, be his own boss. With his experience, he has discovered new places around Morocco that he enjoys sharing with fellow travelers. Naim truly values his job and the friends he has made along the way. It seems that everyone who meets Naim befriends him dearly. With each trip, he strives to be helpful, respectful, flexible, punctual, knowledgeable, and serious when necessary (although joking around is his forte). With his clients, he is especially good at explaining culture, religion, language, and finding clean and quality places to eat en route. When at home, he enjoys helping his family and visiting friends.
Brahim is an independent driver, in-country host, and an official guide. He started in the field of tourism when he was quite young, in middle school where he would help with tourists going to the desert between Rissani and Merzouga (before the road was paved and everything was off road). He started working for a travel agency in Marrakesh in 2007 and stayed with them until 2010 when he decided to go freelance with his own small transport company and thereafter joined Journey Beyond Travel. Brahim enjoys taking travelers around his beloved home of Morocco and learning from them about where they come from. His goals are to always be punctual and polite while trying to take tourists off the beaten path into villages, meeting nomadic families, and offering real experiences. He’s had plenty of memorable experiences and has always gone above and beyond to ensure those traveling with him have the time of their lives.
Kamal is an independent driver and in-country host. He has been working in tourism since 1995 when he started in the field for a large hotel in his southern-Moroccan mountain town of Tinerhir. As the only English speaker and trained guide in the region, he led travelers on assignment into the Dades Valley and beyond into villages within the palm groves and Kasbah valleys, delving with them into local culture, tradition, language, religion, and architecture. Gaining recognition in the area, he was recruited by the international film industry in 2006 where he began working as a personal liaison, translator, and guide with VIP client rosters from around the world. His film and TV list includes the Amazing Race and Journey to Mecca, the story of Ibn Battutah. Speaking English, French, Tashelheit (Berber), and Arabic, he came to us with a passion to share his knowledge of Berber culture and history, as well as an openness to discuss religion, as well as family and rural life. His current projects include readings on Berber history and culture, architecture, agriculture, along with Berber and Gnawa spiritual music.
Redouane is an independent driver and in-country host. He was born in Fez and received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2007 with a focus on Sufism and Linguistics. He started working in the field of tourism in 2007, which helped him hone is skills in the industry. Over time, he worked to improve his skills to ensure he became a safe and conscientious driver. He also began exploring off-the-beaten path destinations so that he would have the experience in driving every road and backroad in Morocco. Redouane prides himself in being open-minded, polite, patience, and his dynamic personality will surely captivate you on your adventure. He possesses superb interpersonal communication skills, as well as organization and management skills. He enjoys reading and sharing his knowledge of Moroccan culture and history; whether Berber, Jewish, or Moorish, with any travelers who would like to learn more. In his spare time, he enjoys music, trying out new foods, learning about other countries, and looking forward to his next trip where he can share his country while learning from others about theirs.
Abdelghani is an independent driver and in-country host. He is from Marrakesh. He has been working with Journey Beyond Travel for several years and has a fun-loving, patient personality. We pegged him early on as a great driver for small to medium-sized groups. So, if you travel with your own tribe, he may be the one accompanying you and opening Morocco’s magical doors for your exploration. Abdelghani enjoys traveling both in Morocco and abroad. One of his favorite city’s outside Morocco’s borders is Istanbul. Within Morocco, he thoroughly enjoys showing clients the country’s southern gems, hidden corners, and historical sights. He looks forward to traveling with you and showing you the real Morocco.
Lahsen wears many hats. He is an independent driver and in-country host, as well as an entrepreneur. He is from a Berber nomad family and grew up in the Sahara Desert of southern Morocco. As the family grew, his parents gave up the nomadic way of life, choosing to build and live in a small home in the Draa Valley where the children could get an education, while they worked in agriculture and raised sheep. Lahsen proved to be a natural student winning a scholarship to continue his education, but this came to a halt when he quit college to help his family. After leaving school, he worked in a variety of jobs before becoming a hotel manager in the desert; his background and natural affinity with travelers from around the world proving the perfect match. From this, he soon began taking visitors around his region and realized the enjoyment that sharing his country brought him. Naturally outgoing, and becoming more fluent in English, he began driving and guiding people around Morocco, a job he still enjoys.
Adventure Travel Trade Association Member

Proud Members of ATTA

We are members of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, one of the most renowned travel organizations in the world. We represent some of the planet's top outfitters in Morocco.

Ecotour Travel Provider

Eco-Tourism Provider

Journey Beyond Travel works hard to ensure that each trip we do meets modern environmental standards. At the grass-root level we promote ecotourism projects throughout the country.

Eco-Tourism Society

Focused on Sustainability

We promote sustainable and responsible travel in Morocco. Our niche of offering high-quality tours ensures low impact on the special places you'll visit with our team.