Catamaran Galapagos Journey II (Cormorant) Sinks in Galapagos

According to El Commercio (, an Ecudorian newspaper, the yacht Galapagos Journey II (Cormorant) has sunk in the Galapagos Islands. All 14 passengers and 8 crew appear to have been rescued. We will get more details as soon as they are available.

Trip Report: Galapagos on the Eric, Quito City Tour, and Whitewater Rafting the Rios Toachi and Blanco

ECUADOR AND GALAPAGOS TRIP REPORT Galapagos on the Eric, Quito City Tour, and Whitewater Rafting the Rios Toachi and Blanco. Trip Report from Traveler Karen Gardner, who traveled with her husband and daughter in July/August, 2009. I just wanted to let you know how great our trip was.  First of all our arrival in Quito, […]

Alex Lindell's Inca Trail and Peru Travel Tips

Inca Trail Tips from Alex Lindell,  traveler on a May/June 2006 Peru trip with Amazonas Explorer. Trekking Packing List and Tips In your day pack, you should carry your camera (and all accessories), sunglasses, water bottle or camelback, sunscreen, bug spray, pocketknife, blister stuff, baby wipes, sunhat, fleece or sweater, extra socks, and an extra […]

Maintenance Work at Galapagos National Park

From Metropolitan Touring MAINTENANCE WORK – GALÁPAGOS NATIONAL PARK From August 17 to November 30 The Director of the Galápagos National Park informs that maintenance work is underway to improve the entrance to the Land Tortoise Breeding Center, as well as to the installations of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the access to the Galapagos […]

Peru Trip with Amazonas Explorer 2006

Peru Trip Report — Alex Lindell May 15 – 31, 2006 Inca Trail Trek, Rafting, Peru Mountain Biking, Lago Titicaca, & Tihuanaco We booked this 16 day trip through Detour and their partner in Peru, Amazonas Explorer.  The service from both companies greatly exceeded our expectations as did the trip overall.  Peru and the Inca […]


The long, motorized launch pulled up to the beach and Ebetta, Nilton, and Cesar, naturalists from the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) jumped out, leaving the boatman and their guide to tend to the boat.  “We know we are early”, they responded to our apologies for not being ready to leave, “but we have never explored […]

Ecoventura Named Top Sustainable Cruise Line by Conde Nast Traveler

ECOVENTURA honored by Conde Nast Traveler for 2009 World Savers Award Conde Nast Traveler announced the winners of the magazine’s third annual World Savers Awards, honoring Travel companies from around the world. To determine the winners, the magazine reviewed over 100 applications and narrowed them to 36 finalists. An independent panel of 20 judges, comprised […]

Driving to the Tambopata, Peru, June, 2000

PERU ADVENTURE by Helen Findley “Tomorrow we hit the mud,” Greg announced as we sat eating our evening meal in the Sandia hotel.  It was June, 2000 and the “we” were myself, my three adult sons, Brian, Keith, and Greg, my 13 year old grandson David (Keith’s son), and Charlie Fox, Brian’s friend and co-worker […]

Riots in Peru's Amazon

Rioting broke out in northern Peru on Friday after two months of fuel and transport blockades, and at least 30 indigenous protesters and 24 police officers have been killed. The indigenous tribes want to force Congress to repeal laws that encourage foreign mining in the rainforest. According to the BBC ( “The violence erupted on […]

Inca Trail Permits Sold Out Through June 2009

Inca Trail Permits are selling quickly again this year (although a little slower than last year), and permits are now sold out through June 2009. There are still permits available for most any date at the end of the year, September to January. Check out permit availability on our Inca Trail Permits page. July 2009 […]

Heavy Rains in Ecuador Cause Landslides

From Detour Partner Metropolitan Touring: ROAD CONDITIONS IN ECUADOR The rainy season in Ecuador has been particularly intense this year, and the main roads that descend from the highlands to the coast have experienced landslides that affect the normal traffic between these two regions. The road Calacalí/Los Bancos that leads to Tulipe and Mindo has […]


FROM METROPOLITAN TOURING: METROPOLITAN TOURING’S GALAPAGOS YACHT LA PINTA RECEIVES THE SMART VOYAGER CERTIFICATION The SmartVoyager sustainable tourism certification was created in order to improve environmental, social and safety measures, and to reduce the environmental footprint that a tour operation could cause. We are happy to announce that Metropolitan’s expedition vessel La Pinta has just […]

Official Statement from Quasar About the Unfortunate Accident on the Parranda

We are sad to learn that the Parranda did catch fire and sink, but are at least glad that no one was hurt in the accident. We wish Quasar the very best as they deal with this loss. Here is the official statement from Dolores Gangotena de Diez, Commercial Vice-president of Quasar Expeditions : We […]

Bad News: Galapagos Yacht Parranda Reportedly Catches Fire and Sinks!

According to sources in Quito, the Parranda yacht caught fire and sank this morning near Bartolome in the Galapagos Islands. Fortunately it appears that no one was hurt, and everyone was rescued by one of the Coral Yachts. Preliminary reports say that the Parranda is a complete loss, although this is not confirmed. El Nacional […]

New Galapagos Species of Pink Land Iguana

According to Galapagos Tour Operator Metropolitan Touring, a team of Ecuadorian and Italian researchers have discovered a unique species of pink land iguanas living on the Galapagos Islands. Researchers at first thought that the iguanas, which are pink with black spots, simply had skin pigmentation deficiencies. Pink iguanas have been identified as a new species […]

Galapagos Fuel Surcharge Has Nothing to Do With World Oil Price

We get a lot of people either asking about, or complaining about, the Galapagos Fuel Surcharge. This is totally understandable, as the price of oil has fallen substantially in the past 6 months, yet the fuel surcharges remain in effect. What’s going on? The fuel surcharge is a rather complicated affair, as it has nothing […]

Ecuador Chooses To Default on International Debt

Ecuador President Rafael Correa has refused to make an interest payment of $US30.6 million coupon payment on its 2012 global bonds by December 15, triggering the first sovereign default since the credit crisis started. According to The Australian (,28124,24794064-5018001,00.html), “The voluntary decision to skip interest payments will likely plunge the country into financial turmoil at […]

Brazilian Indians rejoice as Supreme Court affirms land rights

BRAZIL: INDIANS REJOICE AS SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS LAND RIGHTS Survival International Press Release, December 11th: Indians across Brazil are celebrating today as the majority of judges in the Supreme Court ruled to uphold indigenous land rights in a key case. Indian representatives have called the decision, made yesterday on the 60th anniversary of the Universal […]

Last Minute Galapagos Special on the Angelito I

Fantastic Last Minute Galapagos Special on the Angelito I: December 07-11, 2008 (5 days/ 4 nights: 900 US$ December 07-14 2008 (8 days/7 night): 1490 US$ 5 DAYS ITINERARY: Sunday: BALTRA – NORTH SEYMOUR Monday: CHINESE HAT – BARTOLOME Tuesday: GENOVESA: PRINCE PHILLIPS STEPS – DARWIN BAY Wednesday: PUERTO EGAS – RABIDA Thursday: DARWIN STATION […]

Metropolitan Touring Awarded Best Ground Operator By LATA

Metropolitan Touring has been presented by the Latin American Travel Association (LATA), with a certificate as winners in the category of Best Ground Operator in South America 2008, during the World Travel Mart in London. “Our warmest thanks to our clients who voted for us. This acknowledgement strengthens Metropolitan Touring’s vision to maintain it’s leadership […]

Huaorani Ecolodge Wins Latin American Travel Association Best Sustainable Tourism Project Award

The Latin America Travel Association ( last week held its inaugural LATA Travel Awards ceremony, with members voting for the outstanding performers in eight categories. The Huaorani Ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon was named Best Sustainable Tourism Project by LATA members. Visitors to the comfortable, minimal impact, 5 room lodge experience the richness of the […]

Ecoventura Galapagos Wins Virgin Holidays Responsible Award

From the World Travel Mart in London Best in a Marine Environment sponsored by Royal CaribbeanWinner: Ecoventura, EcuadorFor contributing scholarships for education, and developing micro-business for local women, converting a fishing boat into a restaurant and boutique providing alternative livelihoods for the wives of fishermen. Ecoventura was also among the first cruise operators to be […]

Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve, Ecuador, Named Top Ecolodge

Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve, in Ecuador’s Amazon Basin, reports that they have been named one of the top 50 Ecolodges in the world for 2009 by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Congratulations to Kapawi! Kapawi is a great project of the Achuar Nation, and is a remarkable community based tourism project. Kapawi Lodge, located 100 miles […]