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2020


December 11, 2020

(RE VOYAGER) EN FRANCE OU AU BOUT DU MONDE: NOS 25 COUPS DE COEUR DE L'HIVER

“Á 110 km, dans la réserve de Mashpi, 600 espéces d’ oiseaux s’agitent, autant que dans toute l’ Europe continentale.”

LE FIGARO MAGAZINE

December 11, 2020

12 lugares de Galápagos que todo turista debería visitar

“Todo aquello que se considera ideal y perfecto suele nombrarse como paraíso, de ahí que las Islas Galápagos sean consideradas como el edén natural mejor preservado de la tierra.”

REVISTA VISTAZO

December 2, 2020

Ask the experts: How can we rebuild more responsibly?

“I believe people will start choosing more sustainable companies in the future, and opt for destinations that respect local communities, conservation, and biodiversity.”

TRAVEL WEEKLY

November 13, 2020

Heaven on Earth: The best spas at one with the landscape

“A bumpy three-hour drive from Quito takes guests to this spectacular eco-lodge, cocooned within the Chocó-Andean cloud forest in the Mashpi Reserve: a 15,000-acre spread of lush mountainous jungle just waiting to be explored.”

TATLER ONLINE

November 6, 2021

Where can we travel now? You might be surprised

“In the Galapagos, Metropolitan Touring was among the first to resume sailing.”

TRAVEL WEEKLY

October 14, 2020

Reinventing a travel business, without travel

“We’ve opened two of the three hotels (Mashpi Lodge, in the Choco region, and Quito’s Casa Gangotena, affiliated with Relais & Chateaux), and it is Ecuadorians who are coming.”

TRAVEL WEEKLY

October 6, 2020

Inside the world's most remote hotels from secret safari camps to jungle hideaways

“The site is in a remote location so you can enjoy the sounds of nature, including the various bird calls – over a quarter of Ecuador’s bird species live in the reserve”.

DAILY MIRROR

October 6, 2020

Top 25 Resorts in South America: Readers' Choice Awards 2020

“Mashpi Lodge and the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel were included on the top 25 resorts in South America”

Condé Nast Traveler

October 6, 2020

Top 20 Hotels in South America: Readers' Choice Awards 2020

“Casa Gangotena was ranked 7th among the 20 best hotels of South America.”

Condé Nast Traveler

October 6, 2020

The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2020 Readers' Choice Awards

“Metropolitan Touring is the ideal cruise line for those seeking a casual experience in the wildlife hotspot.”

Condé Nast Traveler

October 6, 2020

Inside the world's most remote hotels from secret safari camps to jungle hideaway

“The site is in a remote location so you can enjoy the sounds of nature, including the various bird calls – over a quarter of Ecuador’s bird species live in the reserve”.

MSN Lifestyle

September 18, 2020

So Far from Mass Tourism': How the Galapagos Islands Could Help Restart Cruises

“Tourism is what has made Galapagos not extinct”

Cruise Critic

September 14, 2020

What It’s Like to Fly During COVID-19

“Because I’ll be traveling with Metropolitan Touring, which has taken dramatic steps to protect its passengers – and the Ecuadorian population and environment – and because my trip will focus on exploring remote islands and sparsely populated highlands, I feel safer traveling there than some parts of my own country, where local governments are still fighting mask mandates”.

WORLD NOMADS

September 14, 2020

Escape, iniciativa para fomentar el turismo interno

“Escape se nutre de las experiencias de Metropolitan Touring al recorrer el país entero, abriendo nuevas trochas y descubriendo rincones remotos.”

REVISTA GESTIÓN DIGITAL

September 14, 2020

Mikuy, cocina mestiza directo a tu hogar

“La propuesta de Mikuy es llevar la esencia de nuestra gastronomía a los hogares, junto con instrucciones detalladas y recomendaciones exclusivas para servir y emplatar.”

REVISTA GESTIÓN DIGITAL

September 11, 2020

ESCAPADAS EN EL INTERIOR DEL PAÍS

“Metropolitang Touring, empresa que ofrece los paquetes turísticos denominados ‘Escape’. Mediante el acompañamiento de guías profesionales, pretenden brindar a los ecuatorianos una experiencia diferente para conocer el país de una manera profunda y auténtica.”

Ooh Sii Magazine

September 10, 2020

Adventure awaits for those ready to travel abroad

“Metropolitan Touring, meanwhile, announced this week that it is among the first companies to resume trips to the Galapagos.”

TRAVEL WEEKLY

September 9, 2020

Metropolitan Touring Relaunches Galapagos Itineraries

“Galapagos specialist Metropolitan Touring has resumed operations in the Galapagos archipelago, one of the first major tour operators to return to the region off Ecuador’s coast following a five-month pause triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

TRAVEL PULSE

September 9, 2020

Escape, iniciativa para fomentar el turismo interno

“Te llevamos, junto a nuestros guías expertos, por el Ecuador que no conocías, a vivir experiencias que despertarán tus sentidos.”

DIARIO EL MANABA

September 9, 2020

Mikuy, Cocina Mestiza Directo A Tu Hogar

“Mikuy es el primer delivery de cocina ecuatoriana y mestiza, un proyecto del Hotel Boutique Casa Gangotena, creado para acercar lo mejor de la rica y variada cocina ecuatoriana a los hogares de todos los habitantes de la Capital.”

SR RADIO

September 7, 2020

Escape, Iniciativa Para Fomentar El Turismo Interno

“Metropolitan Touring diseñó una nueva línea de paquetes para el turismo interno denominado Escape, que emplea toda su capacidad operativa y el profesionalismo de sus guías para ofrecer a los ecuatorianos una experiencia diferente, sin salir de nuestras fronteras.”

SR RADIO

July 10, 2020

Casa Gangotena fue reconocida como uno de los mejores hoteles del mundo

“Casa Gangotena continúa coleccionando reconocimientos. En esta ocasión, Tavel + Leisure, la revista de viajes más grande de los Estados Unidos, galardonó a Casa Gangotena como el Hotel #1 de Ciudad de Centro y Sudamérica, en los premios World’s Best 2020, en su edición 25.”

REVISTA GESTIÓN DIGITAL

July 10, 2020

El Hotel Casa Gangotena de Quito es reconocido como uno de los mejores del mundo

“La Casa Gangotena, fue reconocida como uno de los mejores hoteles del mundo, galardón entregado por Travel + Leisure, una revista de viajes de los Estados Unidos, que lo distinguió como el Hotel #1 de Ciudad de Centro y Sudamérica.”

EL UNIVERSO

July 7, 2020

Casa Gangotena Fue Reconocida Como Uno De Los Mejores Hoteles Del Mundo

“Tavel + Leisure, la revista de viajes más grande de los Estados Unidos, galardonó a Casa Gangotena como el Hotel #1 de Ciudad de Centro y Sudamérica, en los premios World’s Best 2020, en su edición 25. Casa Gangotena es el único hotel ecuatoriano en formar parte de esta importante lista.”

SR RADIO

June 29, 2020

15 perfect post-lockdown holidays (whatever kind of traveller you are)

“For a truly epic nature adventure, look to the Galapagos Islands, one of the most biodiverse regions on earth.”

Yahoo! Style

June 29, 2020

15 perfect post-lockdown holidays (whatever kind of traveller you are)

“Ecuador’s most established tour operator, Metropolitan Touring, owns three Galapagos boats as well as three spectacular eco-lodges – Mashpi Lodge, Casa Gangotena, and Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.”

TELEGRAPH ONLINE

June 25, 2020

OUT OF THIS WORLD: EVER STAYED IN A CLOUD FOREST? WELL, NOW YOU CAN!

“Mashpi Lodge offers guests a luxurious escape that’s rooted in nature and sustainability.”

DESTINATIONS OF THE WORLD NEWS

June 22, 2020

NEWS FROM LATA FOUNDATION

“Por Todos, a country-wide emergency fund spearhead by Metropolitan’s Touring chairman, Roque Sevilla, providing food and essential items to vulnerable people…”

LATA NEWSLETTER

May 29, 2020

Five Remote Resorts Perfect for Adventurous Scuba Divers

“…we’ve done the research and identified some of the world’s most remote resorts that you may not have stumbled upon on your own—and all the better that they also happen to be great home bases for diving of the mind-blowing variety”.

SCUBA DIVING

May 29, 2020

LOCKDOWN LEADER: ROQUE SEVILLA

“When the Covid-19 crisis spread to Ecuador earlier this year, the Metropolitan Touring chairman took matters into his own hands and set up Por Todas, a country-wide emergency initiative supporting the country’s most vulnerable people.”

Meet the Leader

May 27, 2020

Are swimming pools safe, and will they reopen this summer?

“Metropolitan Touring, which operates Casa Gangotena, Mashpi Lodge, and Finch Bay Galapagos in Ecuador, will only open 50 percent of its hotels’ hot tubs and swimming pools.”

Yahoo! UK e Irlanda

May 27, 2020

Are swimming pools safe, and will they reopen this sumer?

“Metropolitan Touring, which operates Casa Gangotena, Mashpi Lodge, and Finch Bay Galapagos in Ecuador, will only open 50 percent of its hotels’ hot tubs, and swimming pools.”

The Daily Telegraph

May 12, 2020

The anatomy of a post-lockdown hotel stay, from contactless spa treatments to socially distanced swimming

“Metropolitan Touring, which operates Casa Gangotena, Mashpi Lodge, and Finch Bay Galapagos in Ecuador, will only open 50 percent of its hotels’ hot tubs, yoga rooms, and swimming pools.”

The Telegraph

May 10, 2020

Postcards from the lockdown: our writers, report from Amsterdam, the Galapagos, Paris and Stambul

“We Galapagueños are concerned because the islands depend primarily on tourism, and now people are afraid of Covid-19 here, even though we have followed all safety protocols and people have bee respectful of the rules”

THE TIMES ONLINE

May 5, 2020

Put These On Your Wish List: The Exotic Destinations Where Nature Is Winning

“Fees generated support initiatives in the reserve and with locals in the area, including ground-breaking research projects like this one and in-depth studies to help mitigate the effects of climate change.”

FORBES

April 30, 2020

14 positive travel news stories to help brighten your day

“This news reminds us that there is still much of the world awaiting discovery, and there will be many more beautiful new sites for us all to set our eyes on once the lockdown is over”.

WANDERLUST

April 22, 2020

The best eco hotels and lodges in the world

“Ecuador’s extraordinary Mashpi Lodge is an eco-wonder set deep in the amazing Chocó-Andean Cloud Forest.”

WANDERLUST

April 13, 2020

Metropolitan Touring Launches A “Por Todos” Initiative

“Head of Metropolitan Touring’s Holding Group Launches “Por Todos” Initiative to Aid the Needy & Bolster Healthcare in Ecuador During COVID-19 Pandemic.”

ADVENTURE TRAVEL NEWS

April 9, 2020

Xandra Pérez y dos joyas de Quito: Casa Gangotena y la iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

“Xandra Pérez es de Basauri y lleva ocho años viviendo en Quito. Nos muestra Casa Gangotena, uno de los hoteles más prestigiosos de la ciudad, y la iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús.”

VASCOS POR EL MUNDO

April 5, 2020

Teen spirit: four trips to inspire young people when we can travel again

“Head to Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge to experience 6,200 acres of cloud forest, soaring through the treetops on the Sky Bike and Dragonfly Canopy Gondola.”

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER

April 2, 2020

Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge eco-hotel discovers new species of orchid

“Luxury eco-hotel, Mashpi Lodge, located deep in the heart of the Ecuadorian Choco ecoregion, is delighted to announce the discovery of a new species of orchid.”

HOSPITALITY & CATERING NEWS

April 1, 2020

ISLAND HOPPING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DARWIN

“The Galapagos Islands have been famed for their bounty of unique and diverse wildlife since Charles Darwin’s discoveries in 1835.”

Harper’s BAZAAR Arabia

April 1, 2020

Enjoy Quito's new subway, sustainable architecture and year-round equatorial sunshine.

“Casa Gangotena, a restored Neoclassical mansion converted into a 33 – room boutique hotel on Plaza San Francisco.”

GLOBAL TRAVELER

April 1, 2020

New Species of Orchid Discovered at Ecuador's Mashpi Lodge

“The new species was found in the protected Reserve surrounding the hotel by the Lodge’s dedicated Research & Biology team as part of their ongoing mission to protect and preserve this sacred corner of the Choco region.”

LUXURIOUS MAGAZINE

March 30, 2020

Upgrade Isolation: The 12 Most Secluded Remote Islands And Private Hotels

“The lodge is a luxurious sanctuary after a day of exploring, but the views don’t stop inside – floor to ceiling windows allow you to enjoy the forest’s natural beauty at all times, even from bed.”

CITIZEN FEMME

March 24, 2020

Biodiversity Springs Eternal at Mashpi Lodge: New Orchid Species Discovered on Nearby Trail

“Lepanthes mashpica deemed endemic to Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve within the Choco Ecoregion of Ecuador, one of the most diverse and threatened forests in the world.”

ADVENTURE TRAVEL NEWS

March 22, 2020

30 WAYS TO TUNE INTO TREES

“Why a walk in the forest is the perfect antidote to anxiety.”

The Daily Telegraph

March 20, 2020

El bosque de Ecuador que se descubre en bici por la copa de los árboles

“En algunos puntos, unas cascadas y pequeños remansos sirven de escenarios paradisíacos donde hacer un alto y darse un chapuzón”.
“Lo mejor es que de aquí se sale concienciado y con un espíritu naturalista bien arraigado.”

REVISTA HOLA

March 18, 2020

Travel’s Good Deed Feed

“Roque Sevilla, chairman of Metropolitan Touring, has raised USD $11 million for the most vulnerable communities in the Galapagos, the Amazon, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Quito, and the Central Highlands.”

TRAVEL WEEKLY

March 5, 2020

The coolest hotels on Earth

“Get back to nature at Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador and enjoy everything its beautiful location within the Mashpi Nature Reserve has to offer”.

MSN Lifestyle!

March 2, 2020

Expedition of a lifetime: Cruising the Galapagos

(La Pinta) “Newly renovated, this 48-passenger vessel has one of the top five guest-space ratios in the Galápagos. I could always find a quiet spot, with communal areas including a sundeck, library and bar/lounge area”.

TRAVEL WEEKLY

March 1, 2020

5 EDUCATIONAL ESCAPES

“Be a ranger in Ecuador”

SELLING TRAVEL MAGAZINE

February 28, 2020

The most glamorous hotels to wake up and smell the roses

““Orchid lovers will rejoice exploring this dreamscape fame for its exotic fauna and flora”.
“… a stay here means you can hike and trek to explore the uncharted wilderness of this biodiversity hotspot, where you can swim in waterfalls and rocks pools that feels totally prelapsarian”.

TATLER

February 15, 2020

30 epic family escapes

“Mashpi Lodge, this strikingly modern boutique hotel helps to conserve one of the world’s prime biodiversity hotspots.”

THE TIMES

February 12, 2020

9 Eco-Retreats to Add to Your Bucket List

“Get ready to fully immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian jungle, where the forest meets the sky.”

VOGUE

February 8, 2020

Sous la loupe de Paris Match : le Mashpi Lodge en Équateur

“C’est le lieu idéal pour un retour à l’état sauvage.”

PARIS MATCH

February 7, 2020

Dragon Fly: la funivia immersa in uno spettacolo della natura

“Tra cielo e terra, c’è una funivia che fa fare un viaggio magico: quaranta minuti di full immersion nella bellezza della natura.”

SI VIAGGIA

February 7, 2020

The 50 greatest wildlife holidays on Earth for 2020

“At Mashpi Lodge, you will be able to immerse yourself in the flora and fauna of the cloud forest.”

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

January 31, 2020

138 ASTOUNDINGLY BEAUTIFUL AND ROMANTIC HOTEL ROOMS

“The Yaku Suite at Mashpi Lodge has been included in a compilation of the 137 most beautiful and romantic suites in the world.”

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER

January 30, 2020

An Amazon resort on stilts, a cloud-forest lodge in Ecuador and Queensland cabins in the wilderness: The world's most luxurious jungle hotels revealed

“Mashpi Lodge is a luxury hotel perched in the Andean Cloud Forest of Ecuador.”

DAILY MAIL

January 28, 2020

Two days in Quito

“Casa Gangotena – Built 1924 as a family home, the Art Deco mansion now provides a unique hotel experience.”

ELKE FROTSCHER BLOG

January 28, 2020

TRAVELLING TEENS-Unique teenage experiences to launch in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Ecuador for 2020

“Mashpi Lodge provides the perfect opportunity for families to re-connect and bring teenagers back down to earth.”
“The Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, the only beachfront property in Santa Cruz Island.”

HOTELIER & HOSPITALITY DESIGN MAGAZINE

January 25, 2020

South America travel: Explore Ecuador’s natural wonders

“Mashpi is beautiful and modern with clean wooden lines, concrete floors and acres of glass that ‘cocoon’ you.”
“Arriving at Finch Bay on Santa Cruz island is delightfully romantic.”

THE DAILY EXPRESS

January 25, 2020

Treetop Thrills in the Ecuador cloud forest

“(Mashpi) “The forest is a cacophony of noise: full of squeaks, buzzes and chirps of a million insects and frogs.”
(Casa Gangotena) “It is a perfect base in the capital ad has a super restaurant””

THE TIMES

January 24, 2020

AN EXPERT'S GUIDE TO VISITING THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

“One of the island’s longest-standing hotels, Finch Bay is the closest you’ll get to a Galapagos beach club.”

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER

January 20, 2020

Ecuador, la funivia "slow" per una vista da brivido sulla foresta pluviale

“Nel Mashpi Lodge, immerso nella splendida Choco, uno dei posti più verdi e piovosi del pianeta, si può ammirare lo straordinario ambiente da una teleferica a bassissimo impatto che corre sospesa a 500 metri per 2 chilometri.”

La Repubblica

January 18, 2020

A wildlife paradise…and so much more

“Passengers are on board Santa Cruz II for one reason only: to explore the Galápagos.”

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

January 14, 2020

Bucket List Destinations

“For luxury travel with a difference, visit an eco-lodge in a tropical rainforest”.

MY WEEKLY

January 13, 2020

Quito and Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador - Scotland on Sunday travel

“Not many places marry the luxury of this lodge with the natural beauty of its surroundings.”

THE SCOTSMAN

January 10, 2020

Mashpi Lodge in the Chocó Cloudforest of Ecuador

“I marvel at the lodge’s construction: it was built without cutting down a single tree.”

NUVO MAGAZINE

February 1, 2020

6 Science Trips to Explore the Wonders of the World

“A three-hour drive from Quito delivers you to a 6,000-acre rain forest reserve that’s dripping, squawking, and buzzing with life.”

HEMISPHERES MAGAZINE

February 28, 2020

6 Science Trips to Explore the Wonders of the World

TATLER

February 28, 2020

138 Astoundingly Beautiful and Romantic Hotel Rooms

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

May 5, 2020

Put These On Your Wish List: The Exotic Destinations Where Nature Is Winning

FORBES


2019


January 1, 2019

A World of Difference

SPEAR’S MAGAZINE

May 21, 2019

The 10 Best New Rooftop Bars for Summer 2019

FORBES

July 11, 2019

The Top 10 City Hotels in Central & South America

TRAVEL+LEISURE

August 1, 2019

Forces of Nature

VIRTUOSO TRAVEL MAGAZINE

December 10, 2019

20 Best trips for 2020

BBC’S GARDENERS’ WORLD

December 24, 2019

Baby Jesus repairman in Quito has a knack for restoring people too

CNN TRAVELER


2018


January 25, 2018

Nestled deep within the Ecuadorian cloud forest, Mashpi Lodge is a hotel at one with the nature surrounding it

CITY AM ONLINE

February 20, 2018

Want to Visit Hotels Like These? 10 Good Looks That Wow

FORBES

February 26, 2018

Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

April 1, 2018

The View from Here

TRAVEL + LEISURE