Wednesday, July 29, 2015

REI Adventures Introduces New Active Trips To Unforgettable Places

Explore storybook scenes in England and Scotland, play in Belize and Baja's crystal blue waters,
 and go deeper in national parks
- For nearly 30 years, REI Adventures has brought guests
 to unforgettable places to enjoy activities they love with like-minded travelers. Today, the leading 
active travel company announces new itineraries.
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"Our new trips feature the rich history and traditions of Europe, clear blue waters of Latin America, and
 desert wonderland known as Joshua Tree National Park," says Cynthia Dunbar, general manager of REI
 Adventures. "Time and time again, our guests share how their travel changed their perspective of the world
 and that fellow guests are now lifelong friends. Key to their experience was our local guides' attention to
 every detail and unexpected highlights from adventures that go off the beaten path."

Europe – Four new trips, including:
England Coast to Coast Hiking: REI's nine-day hike traces highlights of the famous 192-mile route by
 focusing on the most stunning landscapes, storybook castles, and quaint villages that boast local
 teahouses and lively pubs. With prevailing winds at their back, hikers journey west to east, starting 
in England's romantic Lake District. The group heads into James Herriot country to explore the rolling
 hills of the Yorkshire Dales before crossing the purple heather-strewn moors of the North York Moors
 National Park to reach the wild North Sea.

Scotland Family Adventure: An activity-filled trip takes families on an eight-day journey through the
 Scottish Highlands where they learn about the country's history, while enjoying hiking, biking, 
kayaking, geocaching and trekking with reindeer. Families also ride on the Jacobite Steam Train,
 learn the art of archery and explore a medieval castle on the shores of the mythical Loch Ness monster.
Latin America – Six new itineraries, including:

Baja California Hiking and Kayaking: This multisport trip ventures between the Pacific Ocean and
 Sea of Cortez, and it's no wonder why the region is called an "island in the sky." After hiking the
 peninsula and summiting the highest peak in the Sierra de la Laguna range, guests kayak in clear
 blue waters along picturesque beaches and abundant marine life, and snorkel with sea lions. A
 seven-day family itinerary is also available.

Belize Lighthouse Reef and Mayan Adventure: Over nine days, guests experience all that Belize has
 to offer: hundreds of bird and fish species, tropical plants and cultures living in harmony. Travelers 
first visit the Barrier Reef, the longest unbroken reef in the western hemisphere. They then snorkel 
and kayak around Half Moon Caye and Blue Hole Natural Monument, one of the world's top scuba
 diving and snorkeling sites. After four days on the reef, the group heads inland to hike and bike the 
mountainous terrain with Mayan archaeological sites, rocky plateaus, creeks, waterfalls and more.

United States and British Columbia – 11 new trips, including:
Backpacking Joshua Tree National Park: This expedition-style 
trip covers more than 25 miles in four days. The group starts with a gentle hike in Hidden Valley, 
followed by the Maze Trail where guests navigate through mini slot canyons and boulder formations
 that are secluded from crowds. Highlights also include seasonal pools at Willow Hole that attract
 bighorn sheep and many types of birds, and a scramble up Key's Mountain for an incredible view.
Late this year, REI will introduce another series of national park trips to expand its camp assortment.
 As the "Official Outdoor Retailer" for the National Park Centennial celebration, REI is donating 10 
percent of the retail price for each national park trip to the National Park Foundation through 2016. 

About REI Adventures Award-winning REI Adventures has been a global leader in worldwide guided active adventure
 programs since 1987. The company offers unique itineraries focused on sustainable, human-powered
 outdoor adventure including: hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing and more. Guests will experience 
iconic destinations as guides take them off the "beaten path," and provide opportunities to explore a
 destination, get to know the local people, their culture, the flora and fauna and discover things they 
would not be able to duplicate on their own or with another travel company. REI members receive a
 special discount price on most trips. For more information, full itineraries and trip reviews provided by guests, visit

About REIREI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation's largest consumer co-op,
 REI is a growing community of 5.5 million active members who expect and love the best quality gear, 
inspiring expert classes and trips and outstanding customer service. REI has 140 stores in 33 states.
 If you can't visit a store, you can shop at or the free REI shopping app. REI
 isn't just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active 
adventure travel that runs 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent. REI's Outdoor School is
 run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner- to advanced-level courses about
 a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests
 millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to–and steward–the
 outdoor places that inspire us.

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