Metropolitan Touring - Ecuador

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands Specialists - owners & operators of three boats & Eco Hotel Finch Bay

Metropolitan Touring - Ecuador

Metropolitan Touring pioneered ecotourism in the Galápagos Islands during the 1960s, & owns and operates Isabela II, La Pinta & Santa Cruz II, as well the best land based discovery, the Eco Hotel Finch Bay on Santa Cruz Island. The holding of the onsite Metropolitan Touring, owns and operates the two only Virtuoso properties of the country: boutique hotel Casa Gangotena in Quito and Mashpi Lodge. Metropolitan Touring has set up a dedicated Travel advisor desk and has specialized in serving the agent community and all they need in order to book directly with the onsite!

Insider Tip

Start a trip in Quito, explore the city and its surroundings, continue to the Avenue of the Volcanoes, before going to Galapagos - the cherry on top of the cake!

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By: Julie

Reviewed on: 09 May 2017

Very positive experience with all transfers and tour of cocoa plantation.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Cutter

Quito and the Galapagos

By: Gail

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

Metropolitan Touring ran the day tour we took in Quito and the majority of the activities we participated in while we were in the Galapagos. Everything was well run, and the tour guides, naturalists, and staff were amazing. They did a great job connecting with us and making us feel welcome. The overall experience with Metropolitan was great, and I would highly recommend using them to anyone.
Travel Advisor:  Kevin Grubb

Amazing trip to the Galapagos

By: Shelley416

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Metropolitan Touring in Equador was excellent. Our pickups were on time. Our guide and driver in Quito were fabulous and very sensitive to our needs. Our experience on La Pinta for seven days was amazing. The entire crew of the ship was fantastic and very customer oriented. The itinerary was very good and executed very well. We wanted a small ship and luxury at the same time. We got both. We would recommend Metropolitan Touring for a family trip to the Galapagos.
Travel Advisor:  Tara Hyland

Galapagos Trip

By: Joel W.

Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2018

Everything went very smoothly - they exceeded our expectations. I would recommend the cruise ship Santa Cruz 2.
Travel Advisor:  Erika Gal

Love, love, love the Galapagos!!!

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2018

We can't say enough good things about our cruise through the west islands of the Galapagos aboard the Santa Cruz II! The daily excursions on land and water were always well-planned and organized, and the scenery and wildlife was like no other place on earth! The guides were well-informed and true protectors of the environment. The on-board staff made sure we were always well taken care of in our stateroom, in the dining room and in the bar; and the food was excellent and abundant. We have recommended this cruise to many people already - it's a must see and do for everyone!
Travel Advisor:  Michele Benigno


By: Lyn

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2018

The operators were always on time and knowledgeable.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Ward

Metropolitan Touring In Ecuador was Amazing

By: Cathryn

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2018

We spent two weeks traveling in the highlands of Ecuador with Metropolitan Touring. Everything went perfectly. The hotels were so beautiful and the haciendas for lunch were so fabulous. The highlight was the Mashpi Lodge. We really enjoyed the many opportunities there to see incredible wildlife and birds while hiking and riding their cable cars over the forest. We loved out time in the colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca. And we really enjoyed the visits to craftspeople making traditional crafts - we bought quite a few. A highlight was a visit to the Panama Hat company in Cuenca. We can't say enough about how great our guides and drivers were on this trip.
Travel Advisor:  Kari Mollan

The Way to See the Galapagos Islands

By: Susan KW

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

We learned that Metropolitan Touring owned the Santa Cruz ship we were on for 7 days after the trip so our great experience in Peru continued in the Galapagos. Trip capacity of 64 people was the perfect size. Very nice ship, great service, five star cuisine and highly organized small groups really let you see the wild life and experience the Galapagos islands. Metropolitan Touring again provided guides that were experts on the wild life so we learned about migration of the albatross, the blue boobie development and the sea lion colonies. We saw 13 of the Big 15 species of the Galapagos. Our teenage sons totally enjoyed as well since there were activities for them on the ship. Highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Cohen-Dumani

Guayaquil Tour

By: Horseahorse

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2018

Standard practice after a Silver Galapagos cruise is to use the included day room in Guayaquil and then take the midnight flight to Miami. We avoided the red eye (there is also a 0600 flight) by staying 3 extra lovely nights. Great decision! After our first night we had pre-arranged a private car-and-guide day tour through our Virtuoso Travel Agent and it was also an excellent decision. Our local guide, Jorge, from Metropolitan Touring, spoke beautiful American and took us to all the promised sites which included all the local highlights. The tour ran long by about 2 hours which gave us plenty of time for leisurely site-seeing, and an excellent included lunch at the Wyndam in the Santa Ana/Las Peñas neighborhood. While at the Parque Historico, we made dinner reservations at the DON'T MISS Casa Julien restaurant an historic old building. Taxi was only $8+ each way. BTW, Galapagos uses USD. Highly recommend Metropolitan Touring -- ask for Jorge (Hor-Hey).
Travel Advisor:  Jay Johnson

Amazing company

By: Shelly

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2018

The tour guides gave great tours, their English was great, always felt safe. We were very impressed!!
Travel Advisor:  Brooke Ross

Metro Touring.

By: TerryPH

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2019

Excellent Guides. The communication from their coordinator needs improving.
Travel Advisor:  Diana Traficante

great tour guide and service

By: CT family

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2019

All of the drivers and guides provided by Metropolitan were excellent. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Drivers were positive and helpful. It was an epic spectacular trip with a special shout out to our Sacred Valley and Cuzco guide Juan who made our trip to Machu Picchu on New Years Day especially memorable with a personal ceremony to commemorate the day.
Travel Advisor:  Lena Brown