Photographic Expeditions with Explora
An inspiring, creative and active way to explore Chilean Patagonia has been developed by our partners at Explora: an award-winning photojournalist will accompany guests on select excursions.
The Wine Valleys of Chile
Chile is famous for its delicious wine and it has a long viticultural history. Today, it’s the fifth-largest exporter of wines in the world, recognized for its famous Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Come explore the vineyards with us!
Exploring Rapa Nui
Rapa Nui or Easter Island is the south-eastern-most point of the Polynesian triangle and is located 2,000 miles (3.800km) from the South American coast, making it one of the isolated places on Earth.
A Window onto the Universe in Chile
Northern Chile, land of the Atacama Desert, is considered one of the best places in the world to practice astronomy. This is due to a number of privileged climatic conditions.
Explora + Australis Programme
Metropolitan Touring is delighted to offer a unique and breathtaking combination in the Chilean Patagonia region: navigate through Patagonian Fjords, round Cape Horn and between impossibly-blue glaciers.
A Unique Combination
Metropolitan Touring Chile is delighted to offer a unique and breathtaking combination: navigate the Patagonian Fjords, round Cape Horn and impossibly-blue glaciers with Australis Cruises, and then explore the wilds of Torres del Paine National Park.
Ski in the Southern Andes
Experience the magic of the white sport –skiing-- in magnificent active volcanoes, with breathtaking views. Ski in winter or summer, watching the sea or the mountains, among millenary forests or from the summits, skiing in Chile has it all, and then some.
Southern Ice Field
The Southern Ice Field is located in the Chilean Patagonia with an approximate surface of 13,900 Km2 and a longitude of 350 Km. from north to south generating 48 glacier basins; it is considered the third sweet water reservation of the planet.
Fly Fishing in Chilean Patagonia
Chile’s geography boasts a huge variety of rivers of differing sizes and characters – a splendid habitat for different species of trout and salmon brought over to Chile almost a hundred years ago.
Carménère: a uniquely Chilean wine
Marked by a singular history, this stock, originally from France, is today only produced in Chile, a country that provides unique conditions for its development. Ignored for years, today it is the spearhead for opening new markets for Chilean wine varieties.
Sollupulli Thermal Center in the Chilean Andes
Until recently, geysers were only open to visitors in northern Chile. However, this is changing quickly with the rise of a thermal center tucked away in the mountains of southern Chile’s Araucanía Region.
In April, Chile was chosen as the ideal place to install the world's largest telescope, the E-ELT. Now the country has again scored a point on the astronomical observation map, receiving the highest-altitude astronomical project on the planet.
Chiloe: Blue Whale Territory
The largest blue whale population in the Southern Hemisphere was discovered off Chiloé Island in 2001 and now, year after year, more is understood about these incredible animals and their routes. To spot the largest animal on the planet and enjoy their jumps and tails raised over the water is a unique and unforgettable adventure.
For the second consecutive year, the Tourism Development Corporation of Puerto Varas will celebrate the arrival of the winter solstice in the Rain Festival, an event which involves the whole city; this year it will be held between June 18 and 28.
Southern carnival aims to become a magnet for tourism, thus breaking the seasonality that affects the region.
Dakar 2011 is back in Chile
After two editions in South America, the organizers of Dakar, the largest rally - raid race in the world, enthusiastically announced that for the third consecutive year it will be back in 2011 through Chilean and Argentine territory.
Sustainable Tourism at Robinson Crusoe´s Island
A true symbol of the reconstruction of the Chilean Juan Fernandez Island, after it was destroyed by the tsunami, is the modular school in the town of San Juan Bautista. The building, inaugurated last week by President Piñera, has solar panels to generate hot water and electricity.
Chile after the Earthquake
Over a month has elapsed since the strong earthquake hit the center-southern region of Chile, and one of the most affected activities was undoubtedly tourism. In order to avoid misinformation about the situation, a delegation from the Servicio Nacional de Turismo.
The All New Stella Australis
For the 2010 - 2011 season a new expedition cruise ship will be in operation, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cruceros Australis, a company that sails in one of the planet’s most untouched territories: the Chilean-Argentine Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
The Cliffs Preserve
The Cliffs Preserve Patagonia Chile is an eco-luxury retreat and private preserve that comprises more than eight thousand pristine acres of millenary forests and six miles of imposing South Pacific coast. It’s the ideal place to bring guests and their families closer to nature while they experience a life-impacting journey.
Curarrehue, a new Mapuche destination
The Chilean government is implementing a new a strategic management project for Community of Curarrehue aimed at its growth and tourism development. Curarrehue is the last urban settlement, in Chile’s Lake Region, before arriving to the border with Argentina.
New Tourism Law in Chile
The adoption of the new Tourism Law in Chile will improve the institutional framework to advance and unlock the huge potential of the tourism industry and thus to turn Chile into a world class tourist destination.
Easter Island: magic, ritual and Moais
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 and its tasty cuisine, this is a perfect combination.
Polar Code - a change in the maritime tourism
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has recently approved the "Polar Code," a guide for ships in polar waters operations invites countries to adhere to these rules on a voluntary basis to be in effect as of January 1st 2011.
Easter Island to restrict immigration
Easter Island residents approved by a resounding 96.3% majority, a constitutional reform to control immigration and tourism. Chile has administered the remote island outpost located in the Pacific Ocean about 3,500 kilometers (2,170 miles) from mainland Chile.
LUGARES Magazine Grants Tourism Awards
To celebrate its 19th Anniversary, LUGARES, the leading travel trade magazine belonging to La Nacion Group, organized a party at Buenos Aires Design, where awards were granted to stimulate tourism in Argentina.
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!