Brochure Santa Cruz II

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Dear Friends At Metropolitan Touring, we’re proud of our legacy as the pioneers of cruise travel in the Galapagos Islands. This heritage carries it with enormous responsibilities to protect this remarkable, generous, and unique environment that must under all circumstances be preserved and to share it with you, our guests, who entrust us with your expedition holiday of a lifetime. Way back in 1969, our Lina-A became the first locally based cruise ship to ply the archipelago’s waters. A decade later, we had the Santa Cruz custom built as an expedition vessel that set the standard for exploration of the islands. And last year, we bid the venerable Santa Cruz farewell, after an incredible legacy cruise that opened the eyes of 210 children, residents of Galapagos, to the beauty of their home in a way that many had never experienced before. And with that fond farewell, it was time for the Santa Cruz II, the newest jewel in our fleet, to set sail on its maiden voyage. Its predecessor’s highly experienced and passionate crew stayed on to continue providing stellar service, underpinned by a luxury 3:2 ratio of guests to staff. Guests will love the ample ship, designed according to Metropolitan Touring’s unparalleled expertise. Easy to find your way around from the moment you board, it features large cabins and picture windows with flexible accommodation arrangements. Its generous, indulging lounges and outdoor deck areas ensure that everyone can find their own space for their journey. The itineraries, conceived to maximize Galapagos Big15 wildlife viewing opportunities, offer exclusive island visits at 99% of Galapagos National Park visitor sites, where guests disembark in small groups far below the average group size on most Galapagos vessels for a more personal experience. And of course, all of the options for Galapagos aquatic activities are available – glass-bottom boat, ocean kayak, and snorkelling. And starting in 2018, the itineraries get even better.

CONTENTS

The Galapagos Iconic Islands Galapagos BIG15

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The Santa Cruz II Deck Plans Cabins Lounges and Deck Spaces Cuisine The Expedition

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Santa Cruz II Itineraries Our People Our Commitment to the Galapagos Company Profile

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The Santa Cruz II, like her sister ships in our trio of top-notch vessels, sets the gold standard for Galapagos cruise travel with fine dining, safety and security, and conservation as a key factor in its success. Her new facilities enable a fun-filled, educational adventure that will connect you with the archipelago’s fabled wildlife like never before. We invite you to discover the Galapagos aboard the Santa Cruz II with us!

Edition: July 2016

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Paulina Burbano de Lara Executive President Metropolitan Touring

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The Galapagos Islands Without exaggeration, the Galapagos archipelago is a place like no other. Its islands emerged from the bottom of the sea in leviathan volcanic upheavals, the effects of which one can still observe today. Winds and competing ocean currents seeded life on this remote group of islands, creating the natural laboratory that compelled British naturalist Charles Darwin to develop his theories of evolution in the wake of his visit in 1835. His ideas shattered long-held basic concepts about life itself. Thanks to Ecuador’s visionary creation of the Galapagos National Park in 1959, the islands may well be more pristine now than when Darwin walked their shores! From its namesake giant tortoises to dancing blue-footed boobies and albatross to marine iguanas – miniature aquatic dragons – to cavorting sea lions, the uniquely trusting wildlife of the Galapagos will look you in the eye just an arm’s length away – connecting you to nature like nowhere else.

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Landscapes without peer The Galapagos Islands

Wolf Volcano, Isabela Island, Galapagos, May 2015

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Wildlife without fear The Galapagos Islands

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Sea life, as you’ve never seen it before The Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos journeys cover great distances and reveal a wide scope of landscapes. Strong currents and deep waters lead to surprisingly great differences among the flora and fauna of individual islands, as Darwin already found more than 150 years ago. As he discovered, “the natural history of these islands is eminently curious, and well deserves attention.� This is truest for the quintessential Galapagos Big15 animal species and notable iconic islands. Backed by close to a half century of experience in the Galapagos, Metropolitan Touring will take you on voyages that balance each journey with an optimum combination of wildlife, geography, shore activities and wonderful service.

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The far-flung archipelago consists of 19 islands – 13 large and 6 small – and dozens of islets and rocks that break the waterline, according to the Galapagos National Park. They dot a vast area of 45,000 square kilometres (17,000 square miles) on both sides of the equator. Shaped by eons of eruptions and lava flows, the islands are as varied as the unique animals that inhabit them. A full 97% of the islands is protected by the National Park, accessible only via a cruise. Explore volcanic craters, fascinating lava flows, forests of bizarre cacti or fragrant palo santo trees, barren deserts and beaches in all sorts of colours: white, black, red, or gold. If you’ve seen one Galapagos island, you haven’t seen them all.

1. Bartolome Island 2. Española Island 3. Fernandina Island 4. Floreana Island 5. Genovesa Island 6. Isabela Island 7. North Seymour Island 8. Santa Cruz Island 9. Santa Fe Island

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2. Blue-Footed Booby It’s quite simple: The more iconic species you see on your visit to the Galapagos Islands, the more rewarding and memorable your experience will be!

3. Nazca Booby

When it comes to wild animal observation, no place on Earth compares to the Galapagos. Lumbering giant tortoises and curious sea lion pups amid the alien landscapes let you feel what it was like before humans emerged on the planet. But because of the vastness of the archipelago, deciding where to go and what to observe can be quite a challenge. To enable guests to experience the best balance of Galapagos wildlife, Metropolitan Touring sought consensus among scholars, our Naturalist Guides, and island connoisseurs to choose the archipelago’s most unique and fascinating animals. Their analysis resulted in our list of the Galapagos Big15 that reveals the most iconic Galapagos species.

6. American Flamingo

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4. Red-Footed Booby 5. Flightless Cormorant 7. Frigatebirds 8. Galapagos Hawk 9. Land Iguana 10. Marine Iguana 11. Santa Fe Land Iguana 12. Galapagos Penguin 13. Galapagos Sea Lion 14. Galapagos Fur Seal 15. Galapagos Giant Tortoise

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Metropolitan Touring presents the Santa Cruz II

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Conceived for operations in remote areas, our state-of-the-art expedition vessel evinces the perfect infrastructure for Galapagos exploration. Carrying its crew’s heritage of decades of experience working in the islands and just over 70 metres long, the generous, five-deck craft holds 50 cabins for 90 guests and features ample, luxury-sized social areas indoors and out that allow guests to make the most of their Galapagos cruise experience.

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Santa Cruz II’s modern, generous social areas, laid out with choice contemporary materials, feature prominently on four of its five decks. With an intelligent layout, including wide hallways and broad stairwells, guests will immediately know their way around. From dining areas indoors and out, the fitness room and hot tubs, to the elegant bar and lounge, not to forget the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity. Each guest will find their own special space as the ship offers one of the top 5 guest-space ratios of all Galapagos passenger vessels. And the luxury 3:2 guest/crew ratio guarantees quality individual attention.

SKY DECK PANORAMA DECK EXPEDITION DECK HORIZON DECK OCEAN DECK

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Cabin Distribution

Sky Deck

Darwin Voyager Explorer Explorer Total Suite Cabin Cabin* Family Cabins Cabin Sky Deck Panorama Deck Expedition Deck Horizon Deck Ocean Deck Total

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Panorama Veranda Bridge Darwin Suite Explorer Cabin Panorama Bar & Lounge Restrooms Outdoor Terrace

Expedition Veranda Expedition Lounge & Library Explorer Cabin Discovery Room Hot Tubs

Explorer Cabin Gift Shop Reception Area Restrooms Infirmary Voyager Cabin Explorer Family Cabin

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Capacity: 90 guests/50 cabins *Beds in most Explorer Cabins can be joined from twins to doubles.

Technical Specifications Refurbishment Construction Gross Tonnage Passenger Space Ratio Type of Vessel Capacity Length Beam Speed Electricity Engines Fire Detector Life Jackets Life Rafts Landing Boats Owner Decks Crew Naturalist Guides Guest-Crew Ratio Medical Officer Certifications

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2015 2002 2664 tonnes 29.6 Expedition Vessel 90 guests / 50 cabins 71.8 metres/235 feet 13.4 metres/43 feet 10.5 knots 440 V - 220 V - 110 V throughout ship 2 Cummins engines KTA 38 - MO of 850 HP each Fire detectors throughout In each cabin 14 (27 passengers each) 6 ETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING) 5 60 8 (Includes Expedition Leader) 1:5 (3 guests per2 crew members) Permanently on board ABS, SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL

Facilities & Amenities • • • • • •

Bar and Lounge Restaurant Outdoor terrace Gift shop Fitness Room Reading room and natural history library • Multiple purpose room • Hot tubs (2) • Air conditioned throughout • Satellite telephone • PA system • Wi-Fi hotspot (intermittent/ low bandwidth connection) • 24/7 coffee station (free coffee, tea, and water) • Safe deposit box (in cabin) • Hair dryer • Snorkelling equipment • Wetsuit rental • Glass bottom boat • Kayaks • Pangas (inflatable dinghies for coastal exploration)

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Cabin amenities and features:

Explorer Cabin

Explorer Cabins 9.5 ft / 2.9 m

The Santa Cruz II’s Swedish-designed cabins reflect the latest in cruise trends. Comfortable spaces and large picture windows illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, offering elegant relaxation areas after a day of active exploring. The ship has 50 cabins for 90 guests. Families and groups benefit from the flexible design, which allows 36 of the cabins to be interconnected. Solo travellers can occupy a double room with a mere 15% surcharge, down from the Galapagos standard 100%. Explorer Cabins are located on the Expedition, Horizon, and Panorama Decks.

17.2 ft/ 5.3 m

- Air conditioning - Picture window - Hair dryer - Numerous electrical outlets - Public address system - In-room safe - Reading lights - Internet available for an additional fee 2

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Darwin Suites 19.3 ft/5.9 m

Darwin Suites

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- Inset tablet in each suite - L’Occitane-en-Provence amenities in bathrooms - Bathrobes - Deluxe extra pillows - Special edition take-home coffee table book - Air conditioning - Large picture windows - Hair dryer

16.9 ft/5.1 m

Our three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck, each measuring 30 m2(325 sq ft) with double picture windows, will provide superb comfort and deluxe amenities for more discerning guests. Additionally, they can be interconnected with an Explorer double 2 cabin to increase space by another 15 m (163 sq ft).

9.7 ft/2.9 m

- Numerous electrical outlets - Public address system - In-room safe - Reading lights - Free Internet access* - Wetsuit usage included - Turn-down service delicacy - In-cabin national & international magazines - Expedition photos and videos on CD *Some restrictions apply.

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As a traveller, your ability to immerse yourself and connect with your destination is what will make your experience truly memorable.

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Lounges and Deck Spaces

Outdoor Terrace

Expedition Lounge & Library

Indoors and out, the Santa Cruz II offers handsome installations that make the most of the Galapagos, ensuring your stay on board will perfectly complement the day’s outings. On the Sky Deck, guests can relax and enjoy the sun at the solarium/ sun deck or exercise in the fitness room outfitted with treadmills. On the Panorama Deck, guests can relish the equatorial outdoors on the aft terrace, which doubles as an area for enjoying a barbeque snack. The large bar/lounge offers a relaxing area to unwind amid the Santa Cruz’s legendary convivial atmosphere. On the same deck, guests are also welcome to visit the modern bridge, featuring state-of-the-art electronic navigation equipment, run by our highly experienced captains.

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Discovery Room

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Reception Area

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Beagle Restaurant

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Sun Deck

On the Expedition Deck, our guides will welcome you to an ample reading room and natural history library, with up-to-date technology for presentations on the geology, biology, and history of Darwin’s fabled “Laboratory of Evolution.” Facing the prow, it’s a fantastic, calm place to view the beauty of the archipelago in a climate-controlled environment. An open multi-purpose room on the deck’s starboard side is available for children’s programmes and other events. The aft features twin hot tubs. On the Horizon Deck, besides Explorer cabins, you will find the gift shop, reception area and the infirmary, where a medical doctor is on call 24/7 (consultations are free of charge). The Beagle Restaurant is located to the aft on the Ocean Deck.

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Cuisine We source as much of our food locally as possible – this means freshly caught fish and seafood and organically grown fresh vegetables and fruit, all prepared by a team passionate to provide sybaritic delights through Ecuadorean and international cuisine under the creative lead of our Gastronomic Director, a Le Cordon Bleu chef. Meals are served in the Beagle Dining Room and snacks are served after expeditions, whether in the bar, in the library or on the outdoor terrace, where you can take in the fabulous vistas and marine breezes of the Galapagos. A 24-hour coffee station located in the library provides free coffee, tea, and water.

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Activities The wonder experienced by Charles Darwin remains very much alive. To live it will change the way you look at life.

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Galapagos: It’s All About Fun, Discovery and Connection with Nature One of the hallmarks of our voyages is our ability to explore the islands profoundly, just like Darwin did back in 1835 while aboard the HMS Beagle. It is through their power of observation that our Naturalist Guides reveal the uniqueness of this volcanic land, and it is through our outings and landings that we unveil the secrets of our one Earth’s most extraordinary wildlife destinations. To design each day’s excursions, our Expedition Leader adapts the archipelago’s best offerings on site, translating his or her personal knowledge into a fantastic set of activities. When applied, these multiple sets of options will create guests’ unforgettable Galapagos experiences. Some will include excursions on land, others will explore the aquatic realm, and others explore both. Coastal Exploration, Fernandina Island 44

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Over the years, we have come to understand that the islands touch the souls of our guests through different experiences, and therefore our vessel incorporates various enriching ways to explain the Galapagos. Aquatic activities introduce you to the Marine Preserve, where sea lions frolic right in front of snorkellers and sharks become visible underneath the glass bottom boat. Pangas (dinghies) and kayaks take explorers to shore and along the spectacular volcanic coasts. And after dark, Naturalist Guides will delight guests by opening up the special equatorial skies, famous for showing constellations from both hemispheres.

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Galapagos exploration is best done in small, well-coordinated groups directed by an Expedition Leader. We are proud that the Santa Cruz II has an average ratio of just 11 guests per naturalist guide, while the Galapagos National Park policy permits 16:1. This enables us to tailor groups according to abilities and interests, as well as to languages beyond English and Spanish (German, French and Italian). Our groups are each led by a multilingual park-certified Naturalist Guide, whose ample knowledge will be essential to unlock the islands’ secrets to visitors. Some guides are birdwatchers, others love the ocean, and others can make the stones talk. These seasoned individuals will broaden your understanding and appreciation for the destination, while their on-board natural-history lectures will enhance the educational value of each voyage.

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Santa Cruz II Top Features:

A vessel designed and built for wildlife exploration in remote areas

- Exclusive island visits: 99% of visitor sites are not shared with other vessels - Small groups: On average, approximately 11 guests per guide versus 16 permitted by the National Park authorities - Expedition expertise: Our itineraries, carefully planned by our on-staff specialists, provide the best opportunities to see Galapagos Big15 wildlife on each trip - All aquatic activities authorised by the National Park: Glass-bottom boat, kayaks, snorkelling, swimming, and panga-based coastal exploration - Privacy: One of the top 5 Guest-Space Ratios of all Galapagos passenger vessels (29.6:1) with numerous social areas for private contemplation, educational activities and socializing - Separate lecture rooms: Available for simultaneous presentations

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- Flexible accommodation arrangements: 90% of all cabins include convertible beds and 72% of cabins are interconnected - Service: A guest/crew ratio of 3:2 provides the basis for an impeccable journey - Fine dining: A Le Cordon Bleu-educated gastronomy director - Health care: A well-equipped infirmary with a Medical Officer (M.D.) on board (24/7) offering consultations free of charge - Onboard photographer available to support guests in their search for the best photographic memory of their journey. - Environmentally responsible: Modern engine technology for lower fuel consumption, onboard water production (desalination plant) and water treatment plant to reduce each guest’s environmental impact

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Itineraries From the remote but wildlife-filled corners of the archipelago – Española, Fernandina, and Genovesa – to the landmarks of the Central Islands, the Santa Cruz II’s itineraries take in the length and breadth of the Galapagos. Tailored to view as many of the islands’ Galapagos Big15 as possible while meeting National Park rules, all options provide explorers with a safe, active, fun, and educational experience. All include sea lions, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises. Use the chart below the map to see how many of the Galapagos Big15 you will see on each journey. Combining the Eastern and Western Itineraries will allow visitors to see all of them!

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ITINERARIES 2016- 2017 Genovesa Island Darwin Bay

Prince Philip’s Steps

LAT 0º00’00’’ EQUATOR

Punta Vicente Roca Buccaneer Cove

Puerto Egas

Tagus Cove Punta Espinoza

Fernandina Island

Urbina Bay

Bartolome Island

Santiago Island Rabida Island

6D-5N ITINERARY WESTERN GALAPAGOS W WEDNESDAY TO MONDAY BALTRA - BALTRA 5D-4N ITINERARY NNORTHERN GALAPAGOS MONDAY TO FRIDAY BALTRA - SAN CRISTÓBAL 10D-9N ITINERARY EA WESTERN E ASTERN AND W GALAPAGOS SATURDAY TO MONDAY SAN CRISTÓBAL - BALTRA

Itabaca Channel

Las Bachas

Twin Craters

Santa Cruz Island

Puerto Ayora

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Isabela Island

South Plaza Island

Charles Darwin Research Station

Punta Pitt

San Cristobal Island

Santa Fe Island END START Pto. Baquerizo Moreno

ROUTE Post Office Bay

Floreana Island

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Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Centre

Punta Cormorant / Champion Islet

Punta Suarez

Gardner Bay

Española Island

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ROUTE 5D-4N ITINERARY EEASTERN GALAPAGOS SATURDAY TO WEDNESDAY SAN CRISTÓBAL - BALTRA

North Seymour Island

Blue-footed Booby

Nazca Booby

Red-footed Booby

Flightless Cormorant

American Flamingo

Frigatebirds: Great and Magnificent

Galapagos Hawk

Land Iguana

Marine Iguana

Santa Fe Iguana

Galapagos Penguin Galapagos Sea Lion Galapagos Fur Seal

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

BIG 15

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ITINERARIES 2016- 2017

Itineraries

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Northern

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS Eastern AM VISITS Friday

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

ISLAND

Aquatic Activities

PM VISITS

ISLAND

San Cristobal

Punta Pitt

San Cristobal

Santa Fe

South Plaza

South Plaza

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Charles Darwin Research Station

Santa Cruz

Optional activities

Santa Cruz

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Punta Suarez

Española

Gardner Bay

Española

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Baltra Airport

Baltra

ISLAND

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Baltra Airport

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Aquatic Activities

PM VISITS

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Baltra

Las Bachas

Santa Cruz

Buccaneer Cove

Santiago

Puerto Egas

Santiago

Red Beach

Rabida

Bartolome

Bartolome

Prince Philip´s Steps

Genovesa

Darwin Bay

Genovesa

Aquatic Activities

Highlight

Genovesa

Santa Fe

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Española

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Aquatic Activities

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Tortoise Breeding Centre San Cristobal

Itineraries for reference only. Our route and programmes may vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety & operational reasons and the wildlife we encounter.

Aquatic activities:

Snorkel

Panga Ride

Kayak

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Beach

Swim

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Western

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Baltra Airport

Baltra

North Seymour

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Punta Vicente Roca

Isabela

Punta Espinoza

Fernandina

Tagus Cove

Isabela

Urbina Bay

Isabela

Charles Darwin Research Station

Santa Cruz

Optional activities

Santa Cruz

Floreana

Champion Islet & Punta Cormorant

Floreana

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Baltra Airport

PM VISITS

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Highlight

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Aquatic Activities

AM VISITS

Important notes Our itineraries include:

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• Transportation to/from the airport in Galapagos • Accommodation • All meals while on board • Bilingual naturalist guides • Conferences and lectures • Island excursions and activities • Snorkelling equipment • Kayaks • Glass bottom boat

• Airfare to/from Galapagos • Galapagos National Park entrance fee and immigration control card • Beverages and tips • Wetsuit rental • Internet service* *Due to the remote location, Internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

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ENHANCED ITINERARIES 2018 Genovesa

Darwin Bay

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Punta Vicente Roca

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Prince Philip’s Steps

Buccaneer Cove Tagus Cove

Puerto Egas

Santiago

Fernandina

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North Seymour

Mosquera

Urbina Bay

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Baltra

5D-4N ITINERARY NNORTHERN GALAPAGOS MONDAY TO FRIDAY BALTRA - BALTRA

Las Bachas Dragon Hill Islet Eden

7D-6N ITINERARY EEASTERN GALAPAGOS FRIDAY TO THURSDAY BALTRA - BALTRA

South Plaza

Santa Cruz Twin Craters Puerto Ayora

Isabela

Darwin Research Station

Punta Pitt

Santa Fe

5D-4N ITINERARY WESTERN GALAPAGOS W THURSDAY TO MONDAY BALTRA - BALTRA 11D-10N ITINERARY WESTERN EEASTERN AND W GALAPAGOS FRIDAY TO MONDAY BALTRA - BALTRA

Pto. Baquerizo Moreno Post Office Bay

Floreana

Punta Cormorant Champion

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Cerro Colorado

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Blue-footed Booby

Nazca Booby

Red-footed Booby

Flightless Cormorant

American Flamingo

Frigatebirds: Great and Magnificent

Galapagos Hawk

Land Iguana

Marine Iguana

Santa Fe Iguana

Galapagos Penguin Galapagos Sea Lion Galapagos Fur Seal

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ENHANCED ITINERARIES 2018

2018 Itineraries

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Northern

ISLAND

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Baltra Airport

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Thursday Friday

PM VISITS

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Baltra

Las Bachas

Santa Cruz

Buccaneer Cove

Santiago

Puerto Egas

Santiago

Red Beach

Rabida

Bartolome

Bartolome

Prince Philip´s Steps

Genovesa

Darwin Bay

Genovesa

Tortoise Reserve / Baltra Airport

Santa Cruz / Baltra

AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

HIGHLIGHT

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS Western Thursday Friday

Monday

ISLAND

Baltra

Mosquera

Mosquera

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Tortoise Breeding Centre

San Cristobal

Punta Pitt

San Cristobal

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe

South Plaza

South Plaza

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Charles Darwin Research Station

Santa Cruz

Optional activities

Santa Cruz

Tuesday

Punta Suarez

Española

Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet

Española

Eden Islet

Santa Cruz

North Seymour

North Seymour

AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

Baltra Airport

ISLAND

Baltra

Dragon Hill

Santa Cruz

Isabela

Punta Espinoza

Fernandina

Santa Cruz

Optional activities

Santa Cruz

Floreana

Punta Cormorant / Champion Islet

Floreana

AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

HIGHLIGHT

Baltra

Snorkel

Panga Ride

Kayak

Important notes Our itineraries include: • Transportation to/from the airport in Galapagos* • Accommodation • All meals while on board • Bilingual naturalist guides • Conferences and lectures • Island excursions and activities + optional activities on Santa Cruz Island • Snorkelling equipment • Kayaks • Glass bottom boat * Restrictions apply

Baltra Airport

PM VISITS

Glass-bottom boat

Beach

Swim

HIGHLIGHT

North Seymour Española

Baltra Airport

AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

PM VISITS

Thursday

Punta Vicente Roca

Aquatic activities:

ISLAND

Wednesday

Baltra Airport

AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

Itineraries for reference only. Our routes and programmes may vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety and operational reasons, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

AM VISITS Friday

ISLAND

Charles Darwin Research Station Baroness Tower / Post Office bay

Saturday Sunday

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS Eastern

AM VISITS

Fernandina

Wednesday

AQUATIC ACTIVITIES

Genovesa

AM VISITS

Not included: • Airfare to/from Galapagos • Galapagos National Park entrance fee and immigration control card • Beverages and tips • Wetsuit rental • Internet service* *Due to the remote location, Internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

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Our People Metropolitan Touring’s achievements over its more than six decades of operations in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are rooted in the people who make up the company. Service is our passion and teamwork is key. We are nature-lovers, people who adore the great outdoors. We love to explore and to push ourselves. Our knowledgeable Naturalist Guides and Expedition Leaders deserve special mention. Our team includes an amazing range of enthusiastic specialists and captivating communicators, whether they are biologists, historians, birdwatchers, chefs, marine experts, sailors, doctors, captains or experts in their chosen field.

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Our commitment to the Galapagos As pioneers in exploring the Galapagos Islands, we take the preservation of the National Park and Marine Reserve very seriously. Not only do we follow local regulations and international standards to the letter; our connection with the Galapagos goes back as far back as 1969, when we helped to establish respectful, yet educational visiting practices. These rules are seen today in many nature preserves worldwide, where environmental interpretation is required to enhance the destination. Modern terminology has coined this attitude in words such as ecotourism, sustainable tourism, nature tourism, etc. For us, this is a matter of understanding the fragility of the islands and our role as responsible operators. Because the human impact is undeniable, we found our niche in contributing to the improvement of the islands’ wellbeing. After careful review of the equation, we came to the conclusion that the presence of human beings on the islands – both of residents and of visitors – could result in a potential hazard unless something was done about it. Thus, in 1989, we created Fundación Galapagos-Ecuador that created projects targeting pollution in the islands. Its greatest success was the in-depth modernisation of the solid-waste management system on Santa Cruz Island, including recycling, classification, education, and the provision of options for the local community. In 2014, having accomplished its mission, this project was donated to the local authorities on the island. Lava Cactus - Fernandina Island 64

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We currently strongly support conservation projects and are focusing efforts on local education, providing free expedition cruises to local Galapagos students who otherwise might never have the chance to see the vastness of the archipelago and discover its unique features. Amongst our on-board efforts, our three cruise vessels recycle, treat wastewater, and use drinking water and electricity efficiently, and we have installed special outdoor deck lights to limit insect dispersal from island to island. Plastic consumption has been greatly reduced too. We employ hull paint free of hazardous tin. And the Santa Cruz II is outfitted with fuel-efficient motors and generators to reduce fuel consumption. By purchasing as much as possible from local producers, we reduce demand for imports from the mainland and further support the local economy. Thus, we make sure that the community feels benefits from our presence in the tourism industry. These practices, as well as other actions, allow us to minimize our environmental footprint, which aids in reducing the effects of global warming. Metropolitan Touring has also won accolades for our environmentallyresponsible hotels, including the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on the island of Santa Cruz, which in 2014 and 2015 was recognized as the World’s Leading Green Hotel, and in 2016 as South America’s Leading Green Hotel, by the World Travel Awards. Metropolitan Touring has also been recognized by Condé Nast in the category of wildlife conservation (2008) and poverty alleviation (2010) at the World Savers Congress.

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Company profile Metropolitan Touring is a proudly regional Destination Management Company, with its own offices and operations in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia.

COLOMBIA

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ECUADOR

PERÚ

Almost five decades ago, we pioneered Galapagos Expedition Travel. In the Galapagos, Metropolitan Touring owns and operates the Finch Bay Eco Hotel, the only beachfront property on Santa Cruz Island, as well as a trio of expedition vessels: our new Santa Cruz II as well as Yachts Isabela II and La Pinta. Our holding group includes luxury hotels Casa Gangotena in the historic old town of Quito and Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador’s Chocó rainforest. We have a special place in our hearts for nature, unique locations and extraordinary service. We know and love our countries. We create inspiring journeys across South America for our guests, each one a story in the making.

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SANTA CRUZ II / ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS 2018

SANTA CRUZ II

NORTHERN ISLANDS 5D/4N MONDAY TO FRIDAY

EASTERN ISLANDS 7D/6N FRIDAY TO THURSDAY

WESTERN ISLANDS 5D/4N THURSDAY TO MONDAY

ISLANDS

ISLANDS

ISLANDS

Baltra, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Rabida, Bartolome, Genovesa, Baltra

Baltra, Mosquera, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, Española, North Seymour

Baltra, Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz, Floreana

2018

DEPARTURE DATES 2018 NORTHERN ISLANDS 5D/4N MONDAY TO FRIDAY

EASTERN ISLANDS 7D/6N FRIDAY TO THURSDAY

START

END

START

END

START

END

Baltra

Baltra

Baltra

Baltra

Baltra

Baltra

8-Jan-2018 22-Jan-2018 5-Feb-2018 19-Feb-2018 5-Mar-2018 19-Mar-2018 2-Apr-2018 16-Apr-2018 30-Apr-2018 14-May-2018 28-May-2018 11-Jun-2018 25-Jun-2018 9-Jul-2018 23-Jul-2018 6-Aug-2018 20-Aug-2018 3-Sep-2018 17-Sep-2018 1-Oct-2018 15-Oct-2018 29-Oct-2018 12-Nov-2018 26-Nov-2018 10-Dec-2018 24-Dec-2018

12-Jan-2018 26-Jan-2018 9-Feb-2018 23-Feb-2018 9-Mar-2018 23-Mar-2018 6-Apr-2018 20-Apr-2018 4-May-2018 18-May-2018 1-Jun-2018 15-Jun-2018 29-Jun-2018 13-Jul-2018 27-Jul-2018 10-Aug-2018 24-Aug-2018 7-Sep-2018 21-Sep-2018 5-Oct-2018 19-Oct-2018 2-Nov-2018 16-Nov-2018 30-Nov-2018 14-Dec-2018 28-Dec-2018

12-Jan-2018 26-Jan-2018 9-Feb-2018 23-Feb-2018 9-Mar-2018 23-Mar-2018 6-Apr-2018 20-Apr-2018 4-May-2018 18-May-2018 1-Jun-2018 15-Jun-2018 29-Jun-2018 13-Jul-2018 27-Jul-2018 10-Aug-2018 24-Aug-2018 7-Sep-2018 21-Sep-2018 5-Oct-2018 19-Oct-2018 2-Nov-2018 16-Nov-2018 30-Nov-2018 14-Dec-2018 28-Dec-2018

18-Jan-2018 1-Feb-2018 15-Feb-2018 1-Mar-2018 15-Mar-2018 29-Mar-2018 12-Apr-2018 26-Apr-2018 10-May-2018 24-May-2018 7-Jun-2018 21-Jun-2018 5-Jul-2018 19-Jul-2018 2-Aug-2018 16-Aug-2018 30-Aug-2018 13-Sep-2018 27-Sep-2018 11-Oct-2018 25-Oct-2018 8-Nov-2018 22-Nov-2018 6-Dec-2018 20-Dec-2018 3-Jan-2019

ICON SPECIES

ICON SPECIES

WESTERN ISLANDS 5D/4N THURSDAY TO MONDAY

18-Jan-2018 1-Feb-2018 15-Feb-2018 1-Mar-2018 15-Mar-2018 29-Mar-2018 12-Apr-2018 26-Apr-2018 10-May-2018 24-May-2018 7-Jun-2018 21-Jun-2018 5-Jul-2018 19-Jul-2018 2-Aug-2018 16-Aug-2018 30-Aug-2018 13-Sep-2018 27-Sep-2018 11-Oct-2018 25-Oct-2018 8-Nov-2018 22-Nov-2018 6-Dec-2018 20-Dec-2018 3-Jan-2019

22-Jan-2018 5-Feb-2018 19-Feb-2018 5-Mar-2018 19-Mar-2018 2-Apr-2018 16-Apr-2018 30-Apr-2018 14-May-2018 28-May-2018 11-Jun-2018 25-Jun-2018 9-Jul-2018 23-Jul-2018 6-Aug-2018 20-Aug-2018 3-Sep-2018 17-Sep-2018 1-Oct-2018 15-Oct-2018 29-Oct-2018 12-Nov-2018 26-Nov-2018 10-Dec-2018 24-Dec-2018 7-Jan-2019

ICON SPECIES

Blue-Footed Boobies Nazca Boobies

Galapagos Albatrosses

Blue Footed Boobies

(From April to December)

Nazca Boobies

Red-Footed Boobies American flamingos Great & Magnificent Frigatebirds

Blue-Footed Boobies

Flightless cormorant

Nazca Boobies

American flamingos

Red-Footed Boobies

Great & Magnificent Frigatebirds

Great & Magnificent Frigatebirds

Galapagos Hawks

Galapagos Hawks

Land Iguanas

Land Iguanas

Marine Iguanas

Marine Iguanas

Galapagos Penguins

Santa Fe Land Iguana

Galapagos Sea Lion

Galapagos Hawks Marine Iguanas Galapagos Penguins Galapagos Sea Lion Galapagos Fur Seal Galapagos Giant Tortoises Galapagos Doves

Galapagos Sea Lion

Galápagos Mockingbirds

Galapagos Giant Tortoises

San Cristobal Mockingbirds

Galapagos Fur Seal

Darwin Finches

Galapagos Fur Seal Galapagos Giant Tortoises Galapagos Doves Darwin Finches

American Flamingo

Brown Pelicans

Galapagos Doves

Swallow-tailed Gulls

Galapagos Mockingbirds

Lava Gulls

Lava Gulls

San Cristobal Mockingbirds

Lava (striated) Herons

Lava (striated) Herons

Española Mockingbirds

Short-eared Owls Brown Pelicans Swallow-tailed Gulls

Darwin Finches

Galapagos Mockingbirds Florana Mockingbirds

Brown Pelicans Swallow-Tailed Gulls Lava Gulls Lava (striated) Herons HIGHLIGHT SITES

HIGHLIGHT SITES

HIGHLIGHT SITES

Buccaneer Cove

Charles Darwin Research Station

Genovesa Island

Kicker Rock

Charles Darwin Research Station

Pinnacle Rock

Punta Suarez

Punta Espinoza

Punta Pitt

Punta Vicente Roca

Post Office Bay

North Seymour

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www.santacruzgalapagoscruise.com | info@metropolitan-touring.com Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquídeas, Quito - Ecuador Phone: (593-2) 298 - 8300, Fax: (593-2) 334 - 1250

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PRODUCTION TEAM Credits: Metropolitan Touring Photography: Image Bank MT, Galapagos Expedition Staff, Lucas Bustamante, Pg 5, EP Magazine

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