Metropolitan Touring Resumes Operations in the Galapagos, with Accommodations and Expedition Cruising for Adventurous Travelers
Local visitor sites reopen, biosecurity protocols are in place, expedition cruises begin again and the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel welcomes guests to its secluded beachfront setting
Metropolitan Touring is pleased to welcome adventurous travelers back to the Galapagos. After a five-month pause, the award-winning travel operator is among the first to resume its mission of sharing the wonders of the famed archipelago off the coast of Ecuador with the world. On August 3, Metropolitan Touring’s renowned Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel began hosting guests at its privileged waterfront setting along a secluded beach on Santa Cruz Island; and on August 7, La Pinta, one of three exclusive small expedition vessels in the company’s fleet, began cruising the islands again, with four- and six-night itineraries carefully designed to show travelers as much wildlife as possible. As one of the first travel operators to resume operations in the Galapagos amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Metropolitan Touring has gone all out to protect the health of its guests and staff alike. The company has extensive biosecurity protocols in place at Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel and onboard La Pinta and has been working closely with government authorities and the operators of airports in historic Quito and the port city of Guayaquil to continuously improve the same.
Metropolitan Touring is also following guidelines from the World Travel & Tourism Council for health and hygiene protocols for operations, staff, and the guest experiences – earning certification in the form of the organization’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp on all of properties in the Galapagos and across mainland Ecuador. Prospective travelers with any questions or concerns about health, safety, or the ‘new normal’ of travel in the Galapagos are encouraged to contact Metropolitan Touring directly.
So, what can adventurous travelers look forward to from Metropolitan Touring with visitor sites throughout Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve now open? Plenty:
A designated National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel rests along the only public beach in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. With its excellent relationship with the National Park, the Hotel puts guests at the forefront of nearly everything the archipelago has to offer, especially its extraordinary wildlife and otherworldly landscapes. The Hotel’s superb hospitality includes cuisine from a Cordon Blue-certified gastronomy director, an onsite swimming pool, and its own Sea Lion Yacht, as well as exquisite comforts and myriad excursions via kayak, scuba diving, bike and hike. Hotel rates start at $600 per room per night, including taxes and breakfast.
With a maximum capacity of just 48 guests, and with only eight explorers per naturalist guide, there is plenty of space to go around aboard La Pinta. The yacht features some of the largest cabins of any expedition vessel in the Galapagos, with floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins and panoramic windows in all public areas ensuring picture perfect views. Gourmet meals created by a Le Cordon Bleu gastronomy director are best enjoyed alfresco. And coastal excursions via glass-bottom boat, SUP, kayak, snorkeling, swimming, and dinghy offer many ways to explore coasts in the company of the ship’s own naturalist guides. Meanwhile, sustainable cruise technology, including a wastewater treatment plant and efficient engines to reduce emissions, means guests of La Pinta can rest assured their environmental footprint will be minimal. Rates start at $4,666 per person for a 4-night cruise.
A special offer for 2021! Metropolitan Touring will include free roundtrip airfare between Quito or Guayaquil and the Galapagos Island for 2021 departures.
Adventure, ample space, wildlife, and natural beauty are waiting to be experienced throughout the Galapagos. Metropolitan Touring looks forward to welcoming you soon. For information on Metropolitan Touring or questions on the reopenings of its properties throughout Ecuador, please call +1(855) 942-0165 or visit www.metropolitan-touring.com