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Metropolitan Touring, founded in 1953, is Ecuador’s leading travel company: pioneer of responsible journeys and expedition voyages to the Galapagos Islands. We own and operate a trio of vessels in the archipelago: the Santa Cruz and yachts Isabela II and La Pinta, as well as the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island. Our holding group also owns Casa Gangotena, a boutique hotel in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, and Mashpi Lodge, a luxury cocoon in the Andean cloudforest northwest of Quito. Our operations across our continent – Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru – are characterized by beautifully tailor-made itineraries and our commitment to sustainable travel as well as the highest standards of service and attention to details.
We have placed our environmental policy at the very heart of our business. We constantly seek to have a positive impact in the communities we work with, as well as contributing to preserving the integrity of ecosystems.
I did not have a chance to fill out a survey given to us by the La Pinta crew the end of the trip, but I want you to know that we were extremely satisfied with this expedition. Everything was very well and professionally organized, the level of every aspect of service was impeccable and your guides/naturalists were just outstanding. We would like to have every our trip as satisfying and this one. Please be so kind and pass this to every crew member and every guide we had pleasure to meet. Thank you.
I want to thank you for all your assistance in helping us with our plans for our recent trip aboard the La Pinta. Alison and I arrived back in Canada today after spending a few extra days in Quito. We had a wonderful time on our trip to the Galapagos. The tours of the various islands were so informative, we loved the snorkeling and especially appreciated the Naturalists. On a more personal note, the focus on safety and the constant access to the pangas was reassuring. And a special thanks for approving the trip from the airport back to the hotel on our departure.
My family and I had a wonderful time in Ecuador and their beautiful Galapagos Islands. Thank you very much for booking this trip from me. I hope I will book more trips to South America, through you, in the future. Thank you from my entire family.
Hi Gissela, just returned from our wonderful trip to Finch Bay. It was amazing. Thank you very much for your planning, we will definitely recommend Finch Bay to all of our friends and give them your number. Thanks again.
Thanks so much. You are more than welcome to use anything I've told you. I also put glowing recommendation of you, your tour company, as well as of all the great hotels/lodges where we stayed on TripAdvisor in the last few weeks. Hopefully, they'll lead more people to explore your lovely country!
Thank you very much for organizing our wonderful trip. Everything was perfect and we had a wonderful time, as you can infer from the attached foto. Best
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Metropolitan Touring: Cruising through the Galapagos Islands
As pioneers of Galapagos island cruises and the surrounding industry, we have a special place in our hearts for adventurers: people who search for that unforgettable place where travel, nature and culture intersect. For more than 60 years, we've helped tourists just like you make those connections with cruises to Galapagos and tours designed to bring the spirit of the Galapagos to life. It's part of our fabric as both a company and adventure seekers ourselves.
This is, after all, a region that thrives on magical moments, and we're passionate about helping you to uncover every last one of them. From hanging out with a family of marine iguanas to sailing along the same seas that enlightened and inspired Charles Darwin more than 100 years ago, our iconic cruise to Galapagos gives you unparalleled access to an almost mythological world that enchants everyone who comes in contact with it. Plus, when you venture into the islands with Metropolitan Touring, you'll benefit from a team of experts who know the area like the back of their hand. No tour operators understand the region more deeply and completely than we do.
Of course, we have plenty of love for our equally magnificent neighbors. That's why we've expanded our cruises to Galapagos and tour offerings to cover the majesty of mainland Ecuador: to help curious travelers set their sights on the beaches, rainforests, villages and cloud forests that have captivated us for decades. The diversity here is simply stunning, and we can't wait to help you discover it.
Travel has the capacity to change the way you view the world. It heightens your senses, inspires new modes of understanding and helps you create inspiring moments and memories that will live with you forever. There's no better way to experience this eye-opening shifting of perspectives than with the breathtaking beauty of a Galapagos island cruise. Our mission isn't merely to show each of our guests the tangible things that make this region so inspiring; it's to give you a taste of the spirit, passion, and vision that drives everything we do. Welcome to a new world of traveling. Welcome to Metropolitan Touring.
All about us and our journeys
Watch our video on the About Us page to find out what makes us a great choice for your next escape.
We bring you visual inspiration from the Galápagos and beyond, filmed by our in-house production team, guides and guests!
Don't take our word for it. Read about us in the world's media – we are the largest tour operator in Ecuador and have been around since 1953.