Architecture and interior design
The approach: To create a contained and protective “cocoon” set amidst dense tropical cloudforest, declared a private protected reserve and part of a wider Municipal Reserve.
CASA GANGOTENA TAKES CENTRE STAGE
We are proud to announce that Casa Gangotena, owned by the same holding group (Grupo Futuro) which owns Metropolitan Touring, has joined the world’s finest new hotels: it has made Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” in both the US and UK editions and has also been included in Travel + Leisure’s “It List”.
MASHPI LODGE IS ‘NEW ECO’
Newly opened and brimming with life, the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve is a protected, 3,212-acre rainforest retreat and guest lodge set at 3,116 feet in the Ecuadorian Andes just three hours northwest of the historic Quito. Nestled in the “biodiversity hotspot” of Chocó that runs from Ecuador into Colombia, Mashpi unfolds as an ecological wonder harboring diverse flora and fauna: Hundreds of amphibian and reptilian species; tens of thousands of insect species; and, it is believed, some 500 species of birds – from Moss-backed Tanagers to Black-tipped Cotingas – more than is found in North America and Europe combined.
Casa Gangotena launches a unique Andean health treatment for its Quito hotel guests
Rather than opting for Swedish or Thai foot massages, Quito’s Casa Gangotena hotel chose to stay close to its roots. It offers its guests an exclusive insight into the Andean world which surrounds this World Heritage-listed city, offering them a unique “Andean energy-equilibrium restoration treatment” employing herbs, flowers and natural essences, administered by a local expert healer, or curadora. Guests enjoy both a connection with the history and culture of the region, and end the treatment feeling revived and revitalized.
The ‘Cocoon in the Clouds’ Mashpi Lodge soars to the top spot!
Condé Nast Traveller 2013 Hot List: The Best New Hotels in the World
“For the first time the natural wonders of Ecuador are within reach of eco-conscious travellers. Utterly sensational”
THE SANTA CRUZ ADDS A FOUR-NIGHT ITINERARY
Metropolitan Touring, the pioneer of travel to the Galápagos Islands since the 1960s, is pleased to announce a change in the itineraries for its 90-guest M/V Santa Cruz, beginning on 21st July 2012.
Galapagos Video Contest!
Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador’s longest-established tour operator, is giving away 36 cruises worth $55,000 to the Galapagos Islands in the coming weeks and months. The company is running four different contests, each with great chances of winning a trip-of-a-lifetime.
Ride the Rails in Ecuador with the "Spirit of the Andes"
Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador’s largest tour operator with nearly 60 years’ experience, has launched a new itinerary through the Ecuadorian Andes which includes the famous “Devil’s Nose” section of track – one of the most difficult engineering feats in history and one of the most dramatic railways in the world.
Metropolitan Touring Announces New Offices in Brazil and Colombia
Metropolitan Touring, the South American tour operator with headquarters in Quito, Ecuador, announces the beginning of its operations in Colombia with the opening of Metropolitan Touring Colombia and in Brazil with the creation of Metropolitan Touring Brazil.
New LAN Flights open up great possibilities
LAN recently took the important step of opening new ‘leisure travel’ routes with their announcement of flights from Lima to Easter Island in Chile, and Lima to Puerto Iguazú in Argentina.
Spirit of the Andes
Following months of intense research and design, Metropolitan Touring is delighted to introduce a brand new Ecuador programme: “Spirit of the Andes”. The 4-day/3-night programme brings together the best experiences guests can enjoy in the Ecuadorian Andes: a journey full of breathtaking landscapes, cultural discoveries, ethnic encounters and culinary delights. It takes guests through the heart of the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, from Quito the capital to Cuenca in the south, Ecuador’s third-largest city.
Yacht ISABELA II in the Galápagos Islands Offers half-week expeditions on selected dates in 2010
The Galapagos Islands – January 2010. Metropolitan Touring’s 40-passenger yacht ISABELA II is the classic expedition vessel in the Galápagos. Operating since 1988, ISABELA II has shown the best of Galápagos to nature enthusiasts from all parts of the world. Built in Pensacola, Florida, the yacht is large enough for comfortable sailing along the archipelago, but small enough to ensure a familiar atmosphere.
Metropolitan Touring Starts Operations in Argentina
Roque Sevilla, President and CEO of METROPOLITAN TOURING, is delighted to announce the company’s expansion -- with its own ground services operations-- to Argentina. This new venture is in partnership with EXPLORA, via the acquisition of Argentinean tour operator CUATRO RUMBOS.
Lata Award as Best Ground Agent 2008 presented to Metropolitan Touring at WTM
We are delighted to share the news with you that Metropolitan Touring was presented by LATA with the certificate as winners in the category of Best Ground Agent in South America 2008. This is the result of the company's in-depth knowledge of the destination and its background of over 50 years in providing guests with unique, unforgettable and quality travel experiences.
Condé Nast Traveler World Savers
Metropolitan Touring Ecuador Honored by Condé Nast Traveler as a finalist in the Magazine’s 2008 World Savers Awards - Category Wildlife Conservation. Metropolitan Touring has incorporated an Environmental Policy to its company philosophy, a set of practices that, over time, will improve our environmental footprint.
International Orchid Expo in Quito - February 2009
The Quito Orchid Expo will take place in the capital of Ecuador from February 4th to the 8th, 2009. The show is organized by the Orchid Society of Quito and the city’s Botanical Garden featuring many of the 4,000 orchid species of Ecuador. Exhibitors from other countries in the world are also expected.
Metropolitan Touring presents its new full day tour of the city of Quito
Metropolitan’s new full day experience in Quito is a chronologic narrative and a journey along the history of the city: its ancient pre-Columbian origins, its foundation, the Colonial and Republican periods. An immersion into the spirit of the city, its architecture, art, cuisine, religiousness and music – its cultural heritage.
Tulipe: Ancient Sun Culture in Ecuador, the Center of the World
At the heart of an exuberant subtropical forest to the northwest, very close to Quito the capital of Ecuador, lays Tulipe, the ceremonial center of the Yumbo culture. Bordering a river of crystal-clear waters, this is a unique energetic site where ceremonial practices of this pre-Hispanic society took place to honor the sun, their highest deity.
Young Pirates Program in the Galapagos Islands
Metropolitan Touring has introduced its Young Pirates program for young Galapagos Explorers. This program is aimed at children ranging between ages 7 to 12 years old. It showcases a fun and exciting way of absorbing Galapagos kids’ style.
Metropolitan Touring is one of South America’s most known and respected travel companies, providing unrivalled service to our guests for nearly 60 years. Along with our operations in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Colombia, we also own and operate the finest ships for Galapagos Island cruises - the M/V Santa Cruz, Yacht Isabella II and Yacht La Pinta - as well as the Finch Bay Eco Hotel. Come explore with us!
We take immense pride in our Galapagos cruise explorations, during which our guests experience the ever-changing ecological paradise of the islands. Our Galapagos cruises provide opportunities to walk, swim, snorkel, photograph and observe the archipelago’s amazing wildlife in the company of expert naturalist guides. Our Galapagos cruises are characterized by the highest standards of comfort, cuisine and service on board, combining these elements to provide solo-travelers, families and small groups with an unforgettable exploration of ‘the enchanted isles.’
So, pack your bags and come explore with us for a Galapagos cruise of a lifetime!