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Address: Avenue De las Palmeras N 45-74 | De las Orquideas, Quito 170150, Ecuador
Phone Number:
+593 22988312
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We are Ecuador's leading tour operator, with over 60 years experience in...

We are Ecuador's leading tour operator, with over 60 years experience in travel. We own and operate three boats in the Galapagos Islands as well as one hotel. Our holding group also owns Casa Gangotena in Quito and Mashpi Lodge in the cloudforests northwest of the capital.

We are also a regional company with offices in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Colombia.

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Galapagos Islands Cruise: 5-Day Eastern Itinerary Aboard the 'Santa Cruz II'
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Great Galapagos cruise on La Pinta

We chose La Pinta on the basis of online reviews and because of its size. We wanted a vessel that would likely cope better with adverse sea conditions than a smaller one that only... read more

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Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington, New Zealand
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We chose La Pinta on the basis of online reviews and because of its size. We wanted a vessel that would likely cope better with adverse sea conditions than a smaller one that only caters for 12 or 16 passengers. In the past we have done many scuba trips on vessels of that size but we seem to be more... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stop your planning for the Galapagos until you look at Metropolitan Touring Santa Cruz ll. Galapagos was our bucket list trip, but was always so expensive. We researched for over a year. Since the tour packages were so costly, I finally went online and discovered Metropolitan Touring. I knew about the boat Santa Cruz ll since a lot of the... More 

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your fantastic review! We are very happy to read your thrilling comments about our Santa Cruz II and Metropolitan Touring. For all of us, it is a large pleasure to hear about your experience and being part of your amazing stay. We appreciate your comments regarding our customer service and the excellent food... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We traveled on what was supposed to be the 4 night/5 day Eastern itinerary (this has changed this for 2018). Unfortunately just as our plane was about to land in San Cristobal, the pilot aborted landing due to weather and returned to Guayaquil. 82 of the 90 passengers were on the plane so the ship did not depart until we... More 

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to post your feedback about your vacation on board our Santa Cruz II. We are sorry to hear that your plane had to return to Guayaquil for bad weather and you missed one full day of your trip. We are glad to know that you had an amazing experience and... More 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cruise is as good as the people you are sharing it with, ESA Bella was a nice quote of 30+ passengers I found really interesting mix of people on board the cruise I was a Solo traveler and never really felt alone! Do not use a boat with 100 people and do not choose a boat with 18 people. 40-50... More 

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback about your trip to Galapagos. We are very pleased to know that our facilities and food offer along with the staff made your vacation a memorable moment. Galapagos is indeed a great destination, and as you mention, the itinerary is very important. The more iconic species you see,... More 

Malmo, Sweden
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we were picked up at the airport I completely relaxed. The naturalists and the crew on Isabela II were absolutely wonderful and took extremely good care of us passengers. The naturalists were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic to teach us about the Islands which made it so much fun. They were also very good with the children of... More 

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you so much for your positive review. We are thrilled to know that you had a great stay on our Isabela II Yacht. It is very pleasing to hear that you enjoyed the food, that the cabins were comfortable and that our staff took great care of you. Be assured we will share your motivating words with... More 

Santa Monica, CA
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238 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I, 60s, were here 3/3-10 and it was a great trip. Only about 60 people on board (boat could take 90). Great daily hikes on different islands, there was snorkeling every day too. Unfortunately, I don't think they pay much attention to weather conditions or visitor ability to snorkel, so do have some experience recognizing dangerous conditions;... More 

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback about your trip to Galapagos. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our facilities and the food on board our Santa Cruz II. Thank you, also, for highlighting your experience with the wonderful wildlife of Galapagos and the variety of activities you were able to do during... More 

Dexter, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent the day in Quito prior to our departure to the Galapagos and did the CIty Like a Local Tour offered by Metropolitan Touring. Our guide, Florencia, was extremely knowledgable and friendly and arrived promptly when scheduled. Both she and our driver (Juan) made the city tour enjoyable and interesting. I would definitly recommend Metropolitan for anyone traveling to... More 

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your kind review and for recommending Metropolitan Touring to other travellers. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed our tour in Quito. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best regards, Metropolitan Touring More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were 5 days and four nights aboard yacht Isabella II. The highly professional crew and naturalists made our days and nights in the Galapagos the most splendid experience. Everything was very well organized, and safety was always a very high priority. The naturalists were helpful and excited to share their islands with us. We are a retired couple, and... More 

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your positive review. We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable time aboard our Isabela II Yacht and that our staff made your vacation the most splendid experience. We thank you for highlighting about our organization and safety on board, we care about all our guests and we are aware of... More 

Boulder, Colorado
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the best experiences of my well traveled life. I have nothing but great things to say about Metropolitan. We took the 6 day 5 night cruise on the Santa Cruz 2. This seemed like just the right amount of time to do incredible hikes, snorkel, bike, and kayak. Everything was so seamless and so well organized.... More 

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear guest, We greatly appreciate your valuable comments about your stay at our Santa Cruz II and we are gratified for recommending our company to other travellers. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our varied activities such as hiking, snorkeling, biking, kayaking and more. Thank you for highlighting about our organization, the delicious food and excellent guides. We... More 

Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Galapagos are an amazing place! Stick your face in the water pretty much anywhere and you will see incredible things. Sea turtles, sea lions, huge schools of bright tropical fish, sharks, rays, penguins, the list is long. On land, the abundance continues, Blue Footed Boobies performed a mating dance a few feet away from us, male frigate birds with puffed... More 

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801bernardah, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to write your review about our Santa Cruz II, your comments are very much valued. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed the unique wildlife of Galapagos, as well as the food and service on board. The goal of Metropolitan Touring is to continue making a difference and providing top... More 

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