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Address: Avenue De las Palmeras N 45-74 | De las Orquideas, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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+593 22988312
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08:00 - 18:00
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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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La Pinta, 6 night Galapagos Cruise

I recently returned from a fantastic cruise on La Pinta. The boat hold 48 passengers and was fully booked, I understand why! Everything was top notch, the crew of their... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recently returned from a fantastic cruise on La Pinta. The boat hold 48 passengers and was fully booked, I understand why! Everything was top notch, the crew of their naturalists, cooks, seamen etc were of the best quality. Our happiness and safety was always a top concern and they were always there to cater to us, answering questions or... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was quite disappointed with their less than streamlined check in process in Quito. Highly confused and disorganized on ground team and the support Center was also not much help. Shame for the cost of this experience.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful trip to Ecuador, the Galapagos and the Cloud Forest. Metropolitan Touring put together an excellent trip encompassing a very varied itinerary and ensured we were well looked after throughout our stay. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, the transport & drivers were of exceptional quality and the accommodation was superb. The extra touches of beautiful and unusual settings for lunches... More 

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

Dear guest, Thank you very much your taking the time to write about your great experience in Ecuador and in the Galapagos. It makes us really proud to know that our service along with the sfaff made your trip a memorable moment. Be assured we will share your motivating words with our team and they will certainly be happy to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our time on the La Pinta and the Galopagas. It is beautiful, interesting, and I would highly recommend people finding the time to visit. However, I would not recommend this boat. We have traveled all over the world and to many exotic places where the guides have made the experience. I cannot say this about our guides. They... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the four night, "five" day tour, which really is four days of boat based experience.Don't let online pictures of this boat deter you; she may lack modern lines, but she is perfectly modern, well designed and equipped with wonderful, large cabins that were a pleasure to be in. But you won't use them except to sleep, as the... More 

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

Dear guest, Thank you for choosing our La Pinta Yacht, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations, as well as the food and service on board. Our company aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations.... More 

Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just back this week from an unbelievable 6 day 5 night trip to the western Galapagos. I can't say enough good things about Metropolitan. Every staff person, especially the chef and guides were exceptional. The shore as well as the snorkeling excursions were mind blowing. The company planned very full days, and on our very large boat, there were vigorous... More 

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

Dear guest, Thank you so much for the great comments you gave us regarding your last stay with Metropolitan Touring. It makes us really proud to read that our amazing facilities and food offer along with the amazing staff made your vacation a memorable moment. I’m sure our entire staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed... More 

Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were booked on the Isabella II for a tour of the southern Galapagos Islands with a group of 40 people. The ship has plenty of space and was nicely appointed. We are used to large ship cruising, this is definitely different, but really nice. The smaller size is essential given the small size of many of the attractions on... 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 write your review about our Isabela II, your comments are very much valued. For all members of our team, it was a pleasure to assist you during your stay and thank you deeply for choosing us as your holiday destination. We always focus on giving exclusivity to our guests having small... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With only 48 passengers La Pinta is an excellent size boat for the Galapagos. With 4 guides and a crew of 31 it was a very well run tour. Life jackets EVERY time, great food and each off-boat trip was not a rush with options for those who did not snorkel. Island visits are very well controlled to protect the... 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 share your experience at our La Pinta Yacht. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were satisfied with our services. I will definitely pass on your comments to our team, and we will keep working diligently to offer the best service and... More 

Dorking, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Just completed a four night tour of the eastern Galapagos on Santa Cruz II. It was a brilliant trip - the boat was great, the staff were lovely and the nature we saw was awesome. It's an action packed programme but there were always options if people didn't want to join an activity. I loved the visits to the remote... More 

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

Dear guest, Thank you so much for sharing your opinion. We are grateful for your wonderful review about our Santa Cruz II. We are very pleased to know that you had an amazing experience on the Galapagos Islands and that you enjoyed the visits to the remote places which are unique! We are always attentive to the needs of our... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We did a 4d/5n cruise on the Santa Cruise II - with the eastern itinerary. We booked this last minute once we got to Quito. We were a group of 2 couples in our late twenties and found it hard to find any reviews when researching our choice so here goes my two cents on this cruise: • the cruise... More 

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

Dear traveller, Thank you very much for your kind review and for letting us know about the outstanding experience you had with us! It makes us really proud to read that our amazing facilities and food offer along with the amazing staff made your vacation a memorable moment. One of our advantages is that our expedition vessels often have the... More 

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