The Galapagos Island Trips

The best Galapagos Island trips that will introduce you to the ever changing ecological paradise comprised in the Galapagos


For my experience, I decided to choose Metropolitan Touring (MT) as the most reliable travel company promoting quality and ecological oriented Galapagos trips.

Why?... Because of their 50 years of experience and the extreme high quality service they offer, it is as simple as that.

This travel company offers environmentally friendly programs aboard its recently refurbished and new vessels, the M/V Santa Cruz the luxury Yacht Isabela II and the all new Yacht La Pinta that will provide you with unforgettable experiences that quite possible may well be the most fascinating journey of your lifetime.

MT also offers Galapagos Land Tours with high security and quality standards.

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What is a Glass-Bottom Boat in the Galapagos Islands?

For their Galapagos Island trips they have incorporated a new concept of exploring the islands' ecosystems by focusing in educational experiences with high natural history content.

This has allowed them to remain as pioneers in these kind of adventure voyages. Some years ago MT realized that the marine world is a highlight for Galapagos' visitors, but only snorkelers where appreciating such experiences.

Then, in 1998 and in 2000 MT added aboard the M/V Santa Cruz and Yacht Isabela II, a new way of discovering the underwater world but for everyone: the Glass-Bottom Boat (a.k.a. GBB).

The reasons for appreciating the Galapagos marine world: Marine Reserve, Whale & Shark Sanctuary, and Natural Heritage for Mankind. Galapagos is the Earth's second-largest Marine Reserve.

The boat they use in their Galapagos Island trips is a former Boston Whaler and it was reconverted for such marine use, by designing two separate open chambers (glass bottom).

It is operated by one boat driver (panguero), and led by a Naturalist. The goal is to take the boat early than the rest of the more speedy boats to the aquatic site, check for visibility conditions, current, etc, and assess where the best area is found.

In MT Galapagos Island trips after signing up at the reception, you will have 2-3 shifts to choose from, based on the overall program and your own choices.

Each shift lasts 30 minutes approximately, and a Naturalist will interpret all that is seen underwater. For your convenience the boat has a sun roof, and takes a maximum of 10 participants.

The visual and interpretative aids include fish charts and abundant descriptions of Galapagos Marine Life

One of MT's guests described the glass-bottom boat experience as "the driest snorkeling ever experienced".

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The Chief Naturalists of the Yacht Isabela II

Galapagos island trips aboard Yacht Isabela II have two professionals, who with their guest-driven attitude, dedication, and great experience, guarantee MT's guests what our adventure delivers: an Expedition that is safe, educational and fun.

They are willing to revolutionize Tours to Galapagos with their initiatives and projects, and these will be shared with all of you along the year.

Let's get to know these gentlemen a little better:

Alejandro Villa and Celso Montalvo are Galapagos Naturalists who, besides leading groups ashore, have the high responsibility of commanding the Expedition.

They are the perfect link between you, the Islands, and the operation.

Their permanent contact with the local authorities, on board Officers, and our offices in the mainland, allow them to generate out-of-the-ordinary operative standards which for our guests translate into rewarding experiences.

Alejandro was born in Galapagos, while Celso is a permanent Galapagos resident since 1998.

They have both followed the strict training at the National Park Service, and their constant interest in knowing more about the natural world is evident in their daily explanations.

Certainly, they are a strong feature in the positive comments the Expedition regularly obtains.

They are very keen in assessing the balance between environmental interpretation and conservation.

Their passion for the Islands is evident, their commitment to the Islands' future is remarkable, and we are glad to have them as heads of the Galapagos trips Expedition Department of Yacht Isabela II.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


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Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


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Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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