Founded in 1973, Nature Expeditions International (NEI) has been a leader in the field of educational adventure travel ever since. Every year, we send adventurers to over 40 countries on 6 different continents, both on land-based and adventure cruising expeditions. Our travelers are typically active, well-educated, North Americans aged 40 and over -- although many bring along their children and grandchildren. They seek participatory experiences that combine wildlife viewing, meaningful cultural experiences, soft adventure, upscale comfort and optional community service projects. They travel as singles, couples, families and small pre-formed groups. Some opt for existing NEI tours, while others prefer "customized" tours designed to meet specific parameters.
Based in Plantation, Florida, Nature Expeditions International is a member of the International Ecotourism Society, the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (founding member), the African Wildlife Foundation, IGLTA, IATAN, Galapagos Conservancy and the Better Business Bureau (where we have an A+ rating).
Based on years of feedback, we believe that our tours compare favorably with those of our competitors in terms of the quality and creativity of our itineraries, their educational content, flexibility and the variety of adventure and cultural experiences offered. Eight specific advantages are discussed below:
Advantage #1: NEI tours offer more adventure variety. Every NEI trip offers a choice of at least 3 different types of adventure. Sample adventures include hiking, bicycling, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, swimming with dolphins, hot air ballooning, elephant and camel trekking, zipline canopy excursions, glacier trekking, game drives, canoeing and dune surfing. Travelers may opt for cultural or wildlife viewing excursions in place of any adventures that are not of interest.
Advantage #2: Every NEI adventure is low-intensity, carefully tailored for active, healthy persons over 40. Some of our soft adventures are also suitable for older children or teenagers. Rafting excursions use class 2 and 3 rivers (class 5 is most difficult). Bicycling excursions use smooth roads with little traffic and minimal inclines. Kayaking trips take place in protected coves or tranquil rivers.
Advantage #3: NEI tours offer interactive cultural experiences, not just passive visits to must-see sights. Our travelers might enjoy, for example, a private tango lesson, cooking workshop, an Andean music seminar, Tai Chi or yoga lesson, an Aboriginal dot painting workshop, a Rapa Nui dance or stone carving lesson, an art or literary tour, tea ceremony or a meeting with a Dongba Shaman priest or Andean mystical healer. In many countries, we even offer optional Volunteer Service Projects that make our clients' adventures even more rewarding!
Advantage #4: NEI trips are more educational. Most NEI trips offer two high quality lectures (optional) by experts to supplement the information conveyed by our excellent guides. Travelers may choose from a menu of available lectures for each destination.
Advantage #5: NEI offers more comfort than most adventure tour operators. NEI offers its travelers a choice of a first class (4 star) or deluxe (5 star) tours. We occasionally offer 3 star lodging upon request. Many meals are included and they are of a high quality.
Advantage #6: NEI′s independent travel programs offer the same or greater benefits as group tours, including private airport transfers and private tours with expert guides. The NEI independent traveler receives more personalized service than a member of a group. Moreover, the independent traveler benefits from guaranteed departures during the season.
Advantage #7: NEI′s tours are highly flexible. Our travelers can depart on virtually any date they choose (within season) and we will guarantee the departure with a minimum of two travelers - no cancellation risk from our end. We are also happy to customize the itinerary to meet your parameters; you may emphasize wildlife viewing, culture, soft adventure or a mix of these activities.
Advantage #8: NEI′s guides are truly topnotch: they are notable for their knowledge, experience level and affability.
Many companies define adventure travel as simply going to an exotic, far-flung destination. As you can see, we don't. We hope that our distinctively adventurous, comfortable and educational tours appeal to you. Please call us at 800-869-0639 or click here for more information.