It takes a certain type of spirit to make a real difference. It takes a certain team of people to believe in dedicating their energies to their countries.
From the onset of 1968, the visionary leaders of Metropolitan Touring started with their visits of inspection to Galapagos, with the dream, for many quite “crazy” in those days, to establish a permanent, international-type tourism operation in the Archipelago.
Such was the fame and prestige acquired by its operations in the Galapagos, in 1975 the leaders of Metropolitan Touring turned their attention to the potential of Ecuador’s Amazonian Region . At the time, some tourism excursions to the region were already offered and small lodges existed in remote locations in this vast area.
To bolster its receptive tourism services in Ecuador, in the mid-1960’s, Metropolitan Touring realized the vital necessity of having qualified tourism guides to conduct the diverse tours and programmes which the company was promoting internationally: It required appropriate and trained personnel ....
The history of this pioneer enterprise is strongly linked to the overall development of Inbound or receptive tourism in Ecuador, as an increasingly important activity for the country’s economy and society.