Globetrotting REI-style, from the Peruvian Andes to the Italian Riviera
The rejuvenating Mediterranean sun, stunning colorful villages—oh, and 50 miles of hiking. That’s what Mary Bune, manager of Portland’s REI Store (1405 NW Johnson St, 503-221-1938), encountered during a recent trip to Italy’s iconic Cinque Terre. She explains that the incredible views made all that trekking relatively easy. “If you want to have an active vacation, it’s a perfect way to go,” she says.
Bune traveled to Italy with the renowned outdoor recreation emporium’s travel outfitter, REI Adventures, which began in 1987 and pairs spectacular destinations around the world with guided outdoor activities pegged to all different skill and experience levels. From stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe to hiking Peru’s remarkable Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, these trips suit a wide range of interests.
Offering getaways on every continent (even Antarctica), REI Adventures feature myriad types of diversions—hiking, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, rafting, and climbing among them. On every trip, knowledgeable guides help participants smoothly maneuver the foreign terrain, interact with locals, and undertake physical activities. “On our REI Adventure, we didn’t need any help,” says Bune. “Everything was arranged for us.”
It’s rugged exploring, without having to rough it.
Popular REI Trips
16 DAYS of trekking in Nepal // 9 DAYS of island hopping and hiking in Greece // 8 DAYS of hiking, kayaking, and biking in Croatia // 8 DAYS of hiking, kayaking, biking, zip-lining, and rafting in Costa Rica // 7 DAYS of trekking to Machu Picchu, Peru // 7 DAYS of kayaking in Belize // 7 DAYS of hiking in Zion National Park, Utah
WANT TO STAY LOCAL? REI’s Portland Area Outdoor School offers adventures in and around the region. Options this spring include Bike and Bean, a caffeinated ride with coffee tastings and guided tours of several roasters around town; and a Willamette Valley Hop & Vine Bike Tour, which includes stops at winery tasting rooms as well as Rogue Ales’ hops farm. Or sign up for the 4T (Trail, Tram, Trolley and Train) Trek, an urban tour of Portland that starts at REI and utilizes different trails and transit lines around the city. —Cari Johnson