We were part of a small tour group (40 people) to the Galapagos Islands arranged through Metropolitan Touring. This eco-friendly company is absolutely first class! We started our tour with a 2 night stay at the lovely Casa Gangotena in the Old City section of Quito (see our hotel review) and had a wonderful walking tour of Quito led by Ramiro, a warm, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide. Cecilia, our tour “manager”, was with us in Quito and during our 7 night stay in the Galapagos aboard the Yacht La Pinta, and graciously coordinated every aspect of the trip.
The Galapagos were magical and the experience was truly enhanced by being on the beautiful La Pinta, as we traveled from island to island. The cabins were comfortable, each with a large picture window and a good shower. The staff, including 3 naturalists, was exceptional, attentively looking after the needs and comfort of the group. The food was amazing: 7 days of great meals, including made-to-order omelets, roast suckling pig, fresh fish, and fabulous desserts. All transfers were done seamlessly.
This was a trip of a lifetime!
If you are considering a tour of Ecuador or the Galapagos, look into Metropolitan Touring for a special experience!”