About our Company
Our company is a DMC/ground handler, established in 1953. We first began operating in Ecuador, and have further expanded to Peru and Colombia. We pioneered travel to the Galapagos Islands in the 1960s. Today, we have our own trio of expedition cruise vessels: the Santa Cruz II, Yacht Isabela II and Yacht La Pinta. The company also owns the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island. In 2011, our holding group inaugurated a boutique hotel in the historic heart of Quito, Casa Gangotena, and in 2012, opens a secluded lodge, Mashpi Lodge, built and operated according to best practices in sustainability, in a private Andean rainforest reserve brimming with biodiversity just two and a half hours’ drive from Quito.
Our operations across the continent are characterized by beautifully tailor-made itineraries and our commitment to sustainable travel as well as the highest standards of service and attention to detail. With our own local offices, we have excellent experience, contacts, products and knowledge, guaranteeing seamless operations and consistent experiences, particularly when combining two or more countries. We can therefore offer a one-stop-shop for our clients’ operational and administrative needs in South America.
Metropolitan Touring caters to premium and specialist segments, as well as cruises and shore excursions, meetings and incentives. We partner with our travel trade clients every step of the way: designing itineraries that fit their needs; supplying training and consumer presentations and webinars; providing high resolution image banks, 360° panoramic photos and videos; putting together marketing initiatives; and organizing fam and press trips.
With 60 years of experience, we are proud of our team of destination specialists and their invaluable insider knowledge of each country, backed by 24/7 on-site operational support. This team is complemented and reinforced by our financial stability and strong emphasis on research and development, as well as our continual investment in technology solutions. Metropolitan Touring has placed our environmental policy at the very heart of our business. We constantly seek to have a positive impact in the communities we work with, as well as contributing to preserving the integrity of ecosystems.