Top Reasons for Why Galapagos is the Best Place to Travel to in 2018 with Metropolitan Touring
With a new year in travel comes a shining horizon lined with a fresh row of expectations, destinations and adventures. And a horizon is probably the best analogy to start this blog with, because it means you’re close enough to see what you’re aiming for yet far away enough to start planning for it!
2018 is replete with boundless and exciting possibilities, yet with so much to see, explore and experience throughout the world, where do we even begin as travellers? At Metropolitan Touring, the Galapagos Islands continuously stand out as one of the Top Destinations to travel to, year after year. It truly is a special place. The sheer isolation and “world unto itself” that the Galapagos Islands are – with their stark volcanic landscapes and the eccentric and fearless lifeforms that exist nowhere else on the planet – are a huge reason for coming to visit.
What’s more? There’s plenty of special stuff in store for the Galapagos Islands this year! In this blog, we’d like to fill you in on why the Galapagos should be among your must-visit places in 2018, in particular.
One of the Top Reasons for Why Galapagos is the Best Place to Travel to in 2018? It’s the Perfect Time, All the Time!
First things first: You shouldn’t stress out about when to come to Galapagos this year. Seriously! Don’t fuss about making sure your holidays align perfectly with the right season or “ideal time” to be in the Galapagos. Why? Because the weather is always great and the wildlife is always on display. FOMO is non-existent when it comes to time of year in Galapagos, because there’s always something for everybody!
It’s recently been ranked as one of the top places in the world to see animals up close
Landing the #2 spot in Conde Nast Traveler’s 15 Best Places to See Wildlife Up Close is the Galapagos Islands! You’ll find it hard to disagree with such a title when you experience it for yourself and stand agape at how the beautiful creatures of Galapagos amble up to your toes to gawk back at you!
It’s Now Home to One of the World’s Top Beaches
Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos is home to one of the World’s Top Beaches. Guests that travel with Metropolitan Touring can rest assured that they will get to witness the beauty and splendour of Tortuga Bay. Why’s it such a big deal? Well, just see for yourself…
It’s National Geographic’s Year of the Bird
“In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honour of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years.” – NatGeo
And did you know that Galapagos is home to 24 species of bird that you can’t find anywhere else in the world? It’s an absolute MUST for birder for birders and wildlife lovers alike looking to experience a big year of epic and feathery proportions.
Just look at our BIG15 group of iconic species to see how passionate we are about the magnificent and unique creatures that populate the Galapagos!
An Even Wider Selection of Affordable Flights to Galapagos (via the Ecuadorian Mainland) will be available
Now, more than ever, the Galapagos are an increasingly accessible place in spite of their extreme isolation from the South American continent. This is thanks in large part to the greater number of airlines now offering direct flights to/from Guayaquil and/or Quito at affordable prices (when booked in advance)!
Jet Blue is the most reputable airline offering flights between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Guayaquil (GYE) and Quito (UIO).
American Airlines has great non-stop, coverage via Dallas and Miami to Quito and Guayaquil.
TAME and Avianca are other popular airline that offer flights from Ft. Lauderdale.
Starting March 22nd, Spirit Airlines will offer service between Guayaquil (GYE) and several cities in the US, including Ft. Lauderdale.
AirDynamic is also offering direct flights from New York (JFK) to Guayaquil beginning this year.
KLM, Iberia, LATAM offer direct flights from Amsterdam (AMS) and Madrid (MAD) in Europe.
With revamped Galapagos cruise itineraries for the Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise, there’s never been a better time to come and explore the islands aboard our newest and largest ship in Galapagos.
Your Galapagos cruise will now be even more fulfilling and accessible thanks to the passion and expertise that our product managers and expedition leaders have put into designing these new Galapagos itineraries. The best part? Identical top-tier cruising standards and a superb level of visitor site exclusivity are an integral part of each new Galapagos itinerary, giving guests the liberty to enjoy the archipelago to the fullest extent possible.
It’s Yacht La Pinta’s 10 Year Anniversary!
We tip our hats to this gorgeous and beautiful dame as she turns 10 this year with us, continuing to offer the pleasure of luxury cruising in Galapagos. So hop aboard and partake in this wonderful bit of history with us!
We’re Celebrating Charles Darwin Day Along with the Anniversary of his Arrival in Galapagos
Just like we’ve done in previous years at Metropolitan Touring, we continue to commemorate the arrival of our beloved Charles Darwin to the enchanted isles – a historic incident that sparked an idea that would change humanity’s concept of biology and life across our planet. We celebrate it by having a number of special events aboard all our vessels every year.
It’s Metropolitan Touring’s 65th Anniversary!
As pioneers in Ecuador’s tourism industry, Metropolitan Touring has established itself as one of the leading forces behind both shaping and expertly designing tours throughout this magnificent country. We were one of the first companies to offer trips to the Galapagos, and we’ve so far managed to set the experiential benchmark with our entire fleet of privately owned and operated cruises in the Galapagos, along with unique lodges and hotels. We’ve never been more excited to share the wonder of Galapagos and Ecuador with you than this year, and that’s why we’re calling on you to make this an unforgettable year, packed with adventures that you won’t ever forget. So what are you waiting for? Make Galapagos your destination of choice for this year!
Bonus Reason: Quito
Quito, Ecuador’s capital, has just been selected by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the “50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World.” This 2018, Quito also just so happens to be celebrating its 40th Anniversary as UNESCO’s first ever World Heritage Site. So 2018 is quite the year to visit Quito, too, and spend a night in its magnificent Old Town at none of other the plush, boutique hotel located right in the heart of the historic area – Casa Gangotena. This absolutely makes for a gorgeous and pleasant buffer between arriving in Ecuador, your Galapagos adventure and/or heading back home, so be sure to consider it!
With parents that worked for the U.S. Foreign Service up until he graduated from high school, Chris was raised to have the heart of a nomad throughout his life. He has resided in Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Panama and Ecuador throughout his years, and just recently spent the past four up in Canada finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & English at the University of British Columbia.