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Hurtigruten takes minority stake in Ecuador's Metropolitan Touring

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Galápagos adventures operate on Metropolitan Touring's extensively updated Santa Cruz II
Hurtigruten Group acquired a 24.9% stake in Ecuador's Metropolitan Touring, one of South America’s leading travel companies and a Galápagos Islands pioneer.

Last June Hurtigruten announced its expansion into the Galápagos via a long-term partnership with Metropolitan Touring including the extensive upgrade of the 90-passenger Santa Cruz II. In December, Hurtigruten more than doubled its Galápagos offering with additional itineraries available year-round in 2023 and 2024.

A more meaningful partnership

'It is a unique opportunity for us to contribute to a more meaningful partnership, where we can expand quickly, strategically and deliver on our vision for the future together,' Hurtigruten Group CEO Daniel Skjeldam said, adding that Metropolitan Touring 'mirrors our expedition heritage and sustainability values.'

Metropolitan Touring CEO Paulina Burbano de Lara said Hurtigruten's investment will 'bolster South America’s position as an exciting travel destination on the global stage, bringing its stunning natural and compelling cultural attractions into sharper focus for today’s responsible traveler.'

Santa Cruz II travelers may already add on mainland adventures before or after their Galápagos voyage, such as Peru's Machu Picchu, Ecuador's Cotopaxi National Park and Quito.

Opportunities for further land-based expansion

Hurtigruten said the strengthened partnership will broaden opportunities to further expand into more land-based programs and excursions.