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Metropolitan Touring

Avenue De las Palmeras N 45-74 | De las Orquideas, Quito 170150, Ecuador
+593 2-298-8312
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Galapagos Islands Cruise: 5-Day Eastern Itinerary Aboard the 'Santa Cruz II'
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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.
  • Excellent87%
  • Very good8%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Avenue De las Palmeras N 45-74 | De las Orquideas, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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+593 2-298-8312

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Reviewed yesterday

Trip of a lifetime on La Pinta visiting Galapagos Islands. We did the combined itineraries so were on board for 14 days. Guides - Carlos, Grace, Dries and Sabina - were outstanding in both their knowledge and passion for the Galapagos. They went out of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having just returned from a cruise in the Galapagos Islands on the Santa Cruz II, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Metropolitan Touring. From the beginning Paulina Garcés was incredibly helpful in planning my first solo vacation. The ship was extremely well run, the food uniformly...More

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Nancy, Thank you very much for your positive review and for recommending Metropolitan Touring and our Santa Cruz II. For us, it was a pleasure to serve you and we are very happy to know that you enjoyed the ship, the food and specially...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our 4 1/2 hour private tour of the Real equator and Old Town. Our guide was terrific and shared a lot about the culture of Equador. Thanks for a great day!

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Thank KellyVSB
801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear guest, Many thanks for your positive review. We are very glad to know that you enjoyed your private tour in Quito. Thanks for choosing us! Hope to welcome you again soon. Warmest regards, Metropolitan Touring

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've wanted to go to the Galapagos for decades - ever since studying about Darwin in biology class - and I finally did it on the ship La Pinta. The trip was exactly what I wanted. A group of 40-42 like-minded passengers from around the...More

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your valuable review. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our La Pinta Yacht and your trip was just what you dreamed it would be like! ! It makes us really proud to read that our facilities...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pauline created a wonderful a vacation for us! The Finch Bay resort was fantastic from the extremely helpful staff and knowledgeable guides to the food and drinks. The only suggestion we have would have been to have a MT staff member at the Quito airport...More

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your valuable and kind comments regarding your stay at our Finch Bay Hotel. We are happy to know that our staff and knowledgeable guides along with the food and drinks made your vacation a memorable moment. We actually...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've just got back from Peru, following a trip organised by our travel agent here in the U.K, using metropolitan as the South American agent and we weren't disappointed!! What a fantastic team and they all worked so hard to ensure our trip went smoothly...More

Thank Zoe T
801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted to hear you had an enjoyable time on your trip to Peru. It makes us really proud to know that our staff made your vacation a memorable moment. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 14 May 2017

We just returned from our 19 day trip to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu and it was amazing. We cruised around the Galapagos Islands on the good ship Santa Cruz II for 5 days and saw the things we have only seen on TV...More

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801bernardah, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Dear guest, Thank you very mucho for your review. We are glad to know that you had an amazing tour and you were satisfied with our Santa Cruz II. Snorkelling will always depend on the ocean conditions. For most of the year, visibility is not...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

We just returned from a three-week tour of Peru and Ecuador that ended with a 5-night/six day cruise of the western Galapagos on the Santa Cruz II. We chose this ship because of its larger size (worried about motion sickness), itinerary, and positive reviews. We...More

Thank PalmSpringsVisitors
801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Dear guest, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our Santa Cruz II to other travelers. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our facilities, the activities and the food on board. We also think that the best part is...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Just returned from the eastern side cruise 4/22-4/26. My impressions: Know that this is not the usual pleasure cruise. The ship is large enough to have the usual nice cabins with high end L'Occitane amenities, evening turndown service with nice chocolates, and comfortable beds. It...More

Thank Shotlady
801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your fantastic review. We are very happy to read your thrilling comments about Metropolitan Touring and our Santa Cruz II. Our staff members take their roles in our industry very seriously and try, every day, to provide that...More

Reviewed 26 April 2017

We took our grandchildren 8+10) on a 6 night, 7-day cruise to the Galapagos. I had been toold that Metropolitan Touring had a program for children + that the crew treats children well. That's an understatement. They were terrific! We did not go on a...More

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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Dear guest, Thank you very much for your valuable review. We really appreciate your comments about your recent stay with us on La Pinta Yacht. As you mentioned, we have a special program specially designed for our little ones and our mission is making everyone...More

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Nanci40
Hi, I was wondering what type of outlets are on the Santa Cruz 2 ? Thank you
19 March 2017|
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Response from 801bernardah | Property representative |
Dear guest, We have Type A or Type B Outlets on our Santa Cruz II. If you have any further question we would be glad to assist you. Best regards, Metropolitan Touring
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Nanci40
I am wondering if there is time after a wet landing to change out of your sandals or water shoes and into a pair of sneakers? Thank you!
13 February 2017|
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Response from 801bernardah | Property representative |
Dear Nanci, You will always have time after a wer landing to change out of your sandals into a pair of sneakers. Sneakers will always be better to walk during the expeditions. However, our guides will always explain to you... More
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tlawler101
I am taking a trip on the Isabella and would like to know the range for tipping per person per day or week?
15 December 2016|
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Response from 801bernardah | Property representative |
Dear guest, Thank you for your message. Based on current market practices, our recommended gratuities are the following (per/guest-per/day): Isabela II Crew; $15 Guide: $10 Barman: $15 (per cruise) If you have any... More
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