Tapati Rapa Nui Festival
Tapati is a traditional Rapa Nui festival that takes place during 10 days in February since 1975. The festival began only between rapanuis and nowadays is a platform for cross-cultural experiences with tourists who arrive in this time of year.
A unique combination
Navigate through Patagonian Fjords, round Cape Horn and between impossibly-blue glaciers with Australis Cruises and then explore the wilds of Torres del Paine National Park with the team of explora Patagonia.
Easter Island: Magical
Many consider it as one of the most special places on the planet. It has all the charm of Polynesia, magnificent beaches and lush vegetation. If we add the warmth of its people, its tasty cuisine and its mysterious stone statues, you have a perfect combination.
Chilean Patagonia´s well-kept secret
In Chilean Patagonia, autumn means skies that turn into a spectacle of colours, textures and shapes. In the forests, leaves turn deep shades of red and yellow. Shh… it’s the best time to visit!
Santiago N°1 Destination in 2011
Topping the list of the 41 places that tourists should definetively travel this year developed by one of the most famous U.S. newspapers, the New York Times, comes none other than Santiago.
Continuing the Cousteau Conservation Tradition
Find out about how Metropolitan Touring Chile is involved in keeping the work, goals and ideals of Jean-Jacques Cousteau alive, on the centennial of his birth – and how you can follow in his wake.
South to Antarctica!
Join Metropolitan Touring on a voyage of discovery to one of the last natural frontiers in the world: Antarctica. The region can be visited aboard a cruise ship but also by air, allowing privileged access to its captivating flora and fauna.
All Aboard the TransAtacama!
Metropolitan Touring Chile & TransAtacama invite you to enjoy a unique day-trip, visiting the heritage of the country’s nitrate boom of the late 1800s, discovering the world’s driest desert, and travelling 100 km on board the nostalgic carriages of the TransAtacama Railway.
Chile's Pampa del Tamarugal
This reserve, situated 70 km inland from Iquique covers 24,000 hectares of artificial plantations of Tamarugo. The Tamarugo is related to the Algarrobo (Carob) and other species which grow in similar habitats.
Valparaíso - A Bohemian Paradise By the Sea
You either love Valparaíso or you love it. There is no other choice in this city, discovered and named in 1536 in the first Spanish expedition to Chile under Diego de Almagro. It’s the country’s most important port and a listed World Heritage Site.
Chile's Bicentennial Year
Chile, and specially Santiago, will celebrate its independence bicentennial this September. Expect to meet outdoor music, theater in the plazas, colorful streets, top gastronomy, wine and the typical Chilean drink ‘chicha’.
Biological Wealth… at Mapu Lahual
The Mapu Lahual territory has a vast area of temperate rainforest rich in biodiversity. The wide variety of native species found in this area stems in part from its history as glacier retreat.
Palmar de Ocoa: A Paradise an Hour from Santiago
Located within the La Campana National Park and Biosphere Reserve, Ocoa is a remarkable area that protects one of the last forests of Chilean palm, conserving more than 65,000 adult palms and therefore the largest Jubaea palm grove in the world.
Island life - Chile´s incredible islands
For a country with as much coastline as Chile, it should come as little surprise to find the nation boasts thousands of islands and islets. They come in all shapes and sizes, but all have one thing in common: history, nature and exceptional beauty.
Starry, starry night - Stargazing in the Elqui Valley
Carlos Corco was a 12 year-old boy when he began observing the stars with a small telescope. Today, decades later, he guides groups who come to Cerro Mayu in the Elqui Valley, where he helps them observe the cosmos from the best skies in the southern hemisphere.
National Parks and Reserves
From Lauca National Park to Cape Horn, animals, forests, lakes, volcanoes, thermal waters, desert, ice fields and a huge variety of animals; are all part of the beautiful scenery Chile can offer. Discover the amazing National Parks of Chile.
WE XIPANTU: Renewal of the Balance of Nature
The Mapuche culture and identity is manifest on June 24, the day of WE XIPANTU or “annual ritual of renewal of the balance of nature": the time when the force of life itself, of nature, rises the sap in the trees, the level of molecular vibration, and living beings regulate their pulsation to the rhythm of the moon…
Total Solar Eclipse in Rapa Nui
On July 11, 2010, at Easter Island or Rapa Nui, the sky will darken for 4 minutes and 48 seconds – like a supernatural twilight. Birds and animals will become silent and everything will seem to be suspended in time…
Luxury Ski in Chile Only
The great valley of Chile offers the largest surface suitable for skiing in South America, a vast number of mountain resorts are distributed from the Central Valley to Patagonia; with the best resorts on the foothills of the imposing Andes mountain range. In this part of the southern hemisphere winter sports are accompanied by magnificent scenery.
For most of the twentieth century, the territory of Aisen was only accessible by boat and aircraft, the only form of communication by land with the rest of the region involved crossing territory to Argentina.
The mysterious beauty of the Red Lagoon
Camiña is located in the interior of Iquique Province, in northern Chile. There are several reasons why many travelers find this agricultural capital attractive every year; where they can walk through the ravines and observe the production of garlic, onions, corn, oregano and other vegetables.
Awaken the senses- Tapati
Tapati is a traditional Rapa Nui festival celebrated for 10 days every February since 1975. It began as a party among Rapanuis, now it is a forum for sharing their culture with explorers who arrive in this time of the year, when the population of Rapa Nui is divided into alliances that are gaining points to crown their candidate as the queen.
Solar Cooking: From the Sun to the Table
In times of crisis the questions arise; How can we live independently with the resources that nature gives us without destroying it? How can we live in harmony with the environment? The topic of energy has become an increasingly large challenge for the world.
Come back to the pirates age - Robinson Crusoe Island
The Juan Fernández Archipelago has a long history. Comprised of three islands full of mystery - Robinson Crusoe, Santa Clara and, the one furthest away, Alejandro Selkirk - it surprises you with cliffs at the edge of the sea, splendid waters for diving, and a population that has inhabited the area for just over a century.
Project ALMA: In Search of Our Origins
In the heart of the Atacama Desert, at one of the small oasis that can be found in the Chilean Altiplano, is San Pedro de Atacama, a beautiful town, site of the Atacama Culture that still maintains many of its original ways of life and traditions. Its surroundings have magnificent locations full of flora and fauna
Chiloe: A Mystical Island
The amazing scenery of the Island of Chiloe, its wooden churches and typical homes on stilts, its natural areas with evergreen trees and wonderful seaside views, have turned the Archipelago into a popular destination when visiting southern Chile. With the increase of visits from both local and foreign tourists the development of tourism.
Visiting the Region of La Araucanía implies to be transported to the center of the culture and history of Chile, surrounded by natural beauty and national reserves that allow explorers to enjoy a unique and amazing landscape. The Araucanía Region presents the change of the imposing Andes mountain range into a succession of volcanoes.
Magnificent representations carved on stone in the walls of caves and hillsides in Chile, represent ancient rock art, dating back about 30,000 years, and show its highest expression between the 1st and the 4th Regions.These are prehistoric symbols where man stamped his expression using different techniques, making it the mass media that was to express and convey their ideas.
Huilo-Huilo, Patagonian Wonder
Find out more about Chile’s fascinating Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, in the heart of the Patagonian Andes. Its landscapes covered by Temperate Rainforest form part of an increasingly-rare ecosystem that conservation efforts hope to preserve.
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!