Galapagos Experience Testimonial

Jill Jhonsen: I’m Jill Jhonsen. I’m from Seattle, Washington, United States. My expectations before I got here, I genuinely wasn’t sure (laughs) what the trip was going to be like. I really wanted to see a couple of birds and I wanted to come and hang out with my dad, and we’re both big fans of Darwin and evolutionary theory and science. It was sort of a pilgrimage.

After we got here, I was really impressed with how accessible everything is and we’re able to just see the– I’m very distracted because there’s a Finch behind you, right now (laughs). Just continuing to enjoy all of the activities– that’s my dad. We really enjoy being able to see so much from the boats along the seashore and view the wildlife and have people to ask, “what does it mean?” I did not expect so much of the geology and the earth sciences, I have learned a lot about how island archipelagos are formed and colonized by life.

Everyone’s super friendly. It’s a lot nicer than I thought. We’re really well taken care of. All the schedules are really thoughtful. I never got tired. It was always something to see, even from the boat you could see so much and I’ve been really relaxed. It’s been a really great trip. We’re all going to try and figure out how to come back. That’s what I’m going to say, you have to go, you have to go see this and come back.

Santa Cruz II – Western Islands Itinerary

Updated:May 8, 2023

Published:June 7, 2017


Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Tour 2024 Package: 12 days / Quito, Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu / From USD 9,598 per person



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This small, secret rooftop of the restored Casa Gangotena mansion peers over Plaza San Francisco in the center of Quito’s colonial Old Town, the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Order a Cedrón Spritz, a refreshing mix of rum, lemon, sparkling wine, and fresh lemon verbena (cedrón) syrup and leaf, then revel in the mesmerizing, real-time montage of daily life in Ecuador’s capital as it parades past.

National Geographic Traveller

A Font of information, Klaus has spent decades in the field, leading tours in the Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands. He hung up his guiding boots a few years back and now creates itineraries for the tour operator, Metropolitan Touring. Adrift in the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from mainland South America, Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse locales on Earth.

Cruise Critic

Santa Cruz II is a replacement for the much-loved Santa Cruz, which plied the waters of the Galapagos for 36 years. It is not a new ship; it was built in 2002 and sailed as Mare Australis under the Australis cruise brand, operating expedition cruises around Cape Horn and to Antarctica. Metropolitan Touring bought the ship in 2015 and completely refurbished it, launching it as Santa Cruz II in October 2015.

Telegraph Ultra Travel: 50 Greatest Hotels in the World

When this modern, minimalist, glass-walled jungle lodge opened in 2012, it changed the accommodation game in South America. Arquitect Alfredo Ribadeneira’s “protective cocoon” would impress in a modern city; in the depths of an Andean cloudforest, it is wild, audacious and beautiful. Though only 70 miles from Quito, Maspi Lodge sits in splendid isolation, perched on a cliff at the end of an unsealed road.

Terms and Conditions

Itinerario de 5 días / 4 noches: Basado en la tarifa regular (4214 USD + impuestos por persona)
Itinerario de 7 días / 6 noches: Basado en la tarifa regular (5672 USD + impuestos por persona)
No reembolsable. Aplica únicamente para residentes ecuatorianos en nuevas reservas directas realizadas, hasta el 30 de junio del 2022, con un ejecutivo de ventas del hotel. Válido para estadías hasta el 31 de agosto de 2022. No puede ser combinada con otros descuentos, promociones u ofertas. El descuento no aplica para otros servicios. El precio no incluye recargo de combustible de $20 por noche de crucero.

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