Outside Names REI Adventures Multisport Trip to Hall of Fame

Apr 2, 2012

REI Adventures has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle group, as a recipient of its first-ever Active Travel Awards. REI Adventures 14-day Machu Picchu and Galapagos Island Multisport was highlighted as one of the editors’ “all-time favorites” and earned the publications’ “Hall of Fame” award designation. The full list of award winners is published in the April issue of Outsidemagazine, and on Outsideonline.com.

“Being selected into Outsides’ “Hall of Fame” is a tremendous honor,” says Cynthia Dunbar, REI Adventures manager. “Like our Machu Picchu Galapagos multisport, all of our trips help connect people to communities across the world, and it is REI’s incredible guides and travelers who really help create life changing and unforgettable experiences.”

To select this year’s awards, Outside tapped its global network of correspondents to showcase a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, exotic retreats, beaches, local food, bars with a view, on-time airlines, gorgeous islands, and more. The awards reflect more than just a collection of unforgettable trips—but a road map to life-changing experiences. The issue also highlights a list of the best online travel tools, as well a roundup of Outside’s all-time favorite “Hall of Fame” destinations.

Outside has long been one of the world's most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers," says Outside editor Christopher Keyes. "This year we've bottled up 35 years of collective wisdom to select our first set of Active Travel Awards, an annual feature that honors the best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come

In celebration, Outside has launched the “What Trip Are You?” Facebook promotion so travelers can take a travel quiz to determine what type of vacation best suits their adventure style from a list of categories. Five grand prize winners (one per category) will get the chance to go on their dream adventure provided by Outside’s travel partners including REI’s Hall of Fame Machu Picchu and Galapagos multisport adventure that will take guests from the mist-filled cloud forests of the Andes, to the clear waters of the Galapagos, in one epic trip.

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, its 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 www.rei.com/travel.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 23 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 184 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.comREI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops 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 all.