Originally from America, Mark fell in love with Morocco after serving in the country as a Peace Corps volunteer and has been living in Marrakesh, Morocco, since 1982. He is known by so many Moroccans on the street, you would think he had run for mayor in every town we visit! Mark has led numerous expeditions and journeys for us throughout West and North Africa, including our Expedition to Oman, and will occasional hop up to Spain to lead our trips there. With his wide knowledge and passion for the nature, culture, and history, Mark will share with you his enthusiastic insider’s view of these enchanting places. “Having lived almost half my life in North Africa, I've had a long-standing fascination with the Arabian linguistic and cultural influence,” he says. Mark speaks fluent French and is conversant in Berber and North African Arabic.
Mark is an expert trip leader and his love for and knowledge of Morocco shines through everything. His commentary and explanations of Moroccan culture and norms were wonderful. His ability to get along with all kinds of people is outstanding.
Extremely knowledgable about land, people, history, art. I swear he knew every one we passed or met along the way. It was quite obvious Moroccans adored and respected him.
Mark's knowledge and love of Morocco was evident everywhere we went.
Mark was a great leader, full of stories, and knowledge about the area.
Clone Mark and his knowledge. He was one of the best guides we've had as we've traveled the world. He has fun stories and he knows everyone, it seems!
Mark was the best trip leader I have seen in over 20 years of organized travel.
Mark has an incredible knowledge of the country, its peoples and politics, economics and social issues of today (as well as Morocco's complex history). His thoroughness and calm rapport with everyone he dealt with provided our group with a feeling of security at the same time as we experienced many new and different adventures each day.
Mark's rapport with the locals added an extra dimension to this trip. His love for, and knowledge of Morocco added much to our experience.
Mark is the jedi master...a lot of fun to be with and clearly very experienced.
Mark is a terrific ambassador for Morocco. He has so much knowledge, enthusiasm, and willingness to share.
One of the best trip leaders I have ever had! So knowledgeable and funny. An excellent storyteller that really made the history and facts come to life.
Mark is a fabulous trip leader, guide, and host of his adopted, beloved Morocco. He is knowledgable, friendly, helpful, repectful to all, has a great sense of humor, and he really made it the adventure that it was.
Mark's love and knowledge of his adopted home is obvious and contagious. He is engaging, a wonderful storyteller, and a lot of fun.
Mark has a remarkable grasp of the country, its culture, its economy, and its language. He made everything easy, interesting, and enjoyable.
Mark is knowledgeable, personable, a good leader, and fun! There is no better introduction to Morocco than with Mark as your host!
Mark's knowledge, listening skills, and care for guests were remarkable. He was attentive, helpful, and patient.
Mark is an excellent guide. He freely shared his extensive knowledge of the history, geography, culture, food, language, and so forth. It showed that he loved the country and had learned an incredible amount about it in his 30 years there.
Mark was an absolute pleasure! He has the attributes of a perfect leader, interested in everyone, knowledgeable, straightforward, fabulous sense of humor, indefatigable. We loved him.
I’ve done 20 or more trips with WT and other companies and Mark Gordon is right at the top of the list of Trip Leaders. Affable, knowledgeable, entertaining, a great combo.
The experience was everything I had hoped for. I had complete confidence in Mark Gordon’s ability and judgement. The camping portion was excellent and the crew was top-notch.
Morocco would be fascinating under any circumstances, but Mark made the trip very special.
Because Mark has lived in Morocco for 23 years, he has a deep understanding of the cultures. The trip ran extremely smoothly. My 3rd WT trip and it was great.
Mark Gordon was wonderful. I thought he really made the trip. I can’t imagine doing this trip with another leader.
Can’t say enough good things about Mark Gordon. Flexible and inventive, charming, funny, and a great story teller with a deep appreciation of the Moroccan culture. A fantastic Trip Leader and a great trip!
I can’t imagine a trip to Morocco without Mark Gordon. His knowledge of the country and sensitivity to its culture is extraordinary. He must know everyone in Morocco and they were all happy to see him.
Mark Gordon is a great leader. He managed to make it all seem easy, and obviously enjoyed the trip, which made it all the more relaxing and fun for us. Also, as a former teacher, he has an excellent ability to pass on information without it seeming like a lecture.
Mark is a very special person and he made the trip. His ability to explain all aspects of the culture brought Morocco to life. Everywhere we went, from hamlets to cities, Mark was greeted as family by the locals. Furthermore, he was always in a good mood. Don’t let him get away!