“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” When it comes to sustainability at Metropolitan Touring, we take each and every tour of ours to heart with respect to the state and well-being of our planet. Often times, tourism operations can cause significant damage to fragile environment if they aren’t handled in a sustainable manner. Transportation logistics tend to be the biggest contributor to our carbon footprint as a Tourism Company. Fortunately, such an impact is offset in large part by the 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres) of tropical forest that [...]
The Galapagos Islands will prove to be a fascinating experience for all kinds of travelers. However, one question you should ask yourself before your journey is: should I stay at a hotel or in a Galapagos Cruise? It’s important to recognize that both options allow you to experience the Galapagos Islands at their most beautiful – they just provide you with different ways to go about it.
So – how exactly can you know which option is best for you and your family? There’s a long list of things you should consider prior to making your [...]
Destinations that hold international recognition because of their natural beauty are highly regarded as “bucket list places to visit.” Some of these destinations might be famous due to their wildlife, cultural values, landscapes, architectural design, etc., but all of them retain something unique, something that simply isn’t found anywhere else on Earth. This reality creates an even higher demand for just/authentic destinations and, interestingly enough, it’s these fragile places that experience a lot of [...]
International Worker’s Day (Labour Day or May Day in certain countries) will be celebrated throughout most of the world this coming 1 May. The day serves as a recognition of the economic efforts and social achievements of workers involved the industrial world. The holiday remains fuelled and promoted by the international labour movement, as well as certain groups of socialists and communists.
Today, the majority of countries around the planet celebrate the day as International Worker’s Day and recognize it as a public [...]
Ever since Earth Day was founded on 1970, it has been able to show, recruit, teach and vocalise the world’s increasing concerns on all matters environmental. It is not a subject to be taken lightly since it concerns each and every inhabitant of this beautiful “pale blue dot suspended on a sunbeam”, as Carl Sagan wisely said one day. That is how Earth Day and the Galapagos Islands are related.
This 22nd of April, the world will celebrate Earth Day’s 47th anniversary. We want to take this [...]
Few island getaways will offer the flush variety, learning opportunities, and spectacular sights of the Galapagos Islands. Although learning doesn’t necessarily top the list of most popular things to do while on vacation, you’ll soon discover that the Galapagos has a way of teaching valuable lessons in biology, history, and geology without compromising your relaxation or entertainment. Every nook and cranny in this isolated archipelago is rife with history; from its unique biological diversity, to its famed connection to Darwin, to its [...]
It takes a certain kind of spirit to make a real difference and it takes a certain team of people to change the image of an entire country. Today, Metropolitan Touring celebrates the combination of both of these elements and what it has meant for Ecuador.
When Metropolitan Touring was founded on 15 March 1953, Ecuador was just beginning to wake up to the idea of international tourism. In light of this awakening, a group of young and visionary entrepreneurs behind the creation of Metropolitan Touring, led by Eduardo Proaño, were [...]
The Other Rainforest, The Ecuadorian Chocó from Mashpi Lodge
A hideaway located on a high plateau three hours’ drive from Quito, Mashpi Lodge sits in the heart of a 1,300-hectare (3,200-acre) Reserve which harbours both cloudforest and rainforest, part of the globally-important Chocó ‘hot spot’ of biodiversity. Metropolitan Touring and Mashpi Lodge belong to the same holding group in Ecuador.
A profusion of plant species has adapted to this [...]