WHY THIS TRIP
The Isabella II, a 40-guest vessel with 20 outside cabins, offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing a full adventure in the Islands. The yacht is fully air-conditioned; all cabins are spacious and have private bathrooms. Its three public decks offer the amenities of a larger vessel, including bar-salon, dining room and sun deck. The library contains a large selection of reference books on Galápagos and Ecuador, as well as excellent nature and conservation videos, making this reference library the most complete source of information of any Galapagos vessel.
The Isabella II Galápagos Cruise offers in-depth week-long itineraries allowing guests to enjoy all that Galápagos is famous for — ancient giant tortoises, penguins, sleek flamingos, bold sharks, bizarre flightless cormorants, rugged marine iguanas, whales, dolphins, dramatic island volcanoes, breathtaking scenery — plus the exploration of the Galápagos Marine Reserve (the second largest in the world) on kayaks, in a glass-bottom boat, and while swimming or snorkeling.
The expertise of three English-speaking naturalist guides matches their contagious enthusiasm, whether discussing geology or bird watching, snorkeling or stargazing, evolution or marine activities. Guests of Isabella II have the opportunity to explore the Ecuador Galapagos islands in small groups with fellow enthusiasts who share a passion for nature, curiosity and spirit of observation.
LOCAL OPERATOR: METROPOLITAN TOURING
Metropolitan Touring sees the travel business as a people business, and endeavors to create unique experiences in iconic locations for its guests. It currently operates in Peru, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, and Ecuador where it owns and operates a trio of vessels (the Santa Cruz and yachts Isabela II and La Pinta) as well as the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island. Its staff is as committed today as it was when the company was founded more than 60 years ago to create unforgettable experiences for its guests.
The World Travel & Tourism Council selected Metropolitan Touring as one of their Case Studies worldwide, as an example of sustainability, good practices and commitment. The development of Metropolitan Touring’s existing and new products is based on sustainability principles, preservation efforts, and social welfare support. It continuously measures its environmental performance, and also communicates results to its employees and guests.