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Metropolitan Touring photography cruise offers something truly unique

Unparalleled access to key visitor sites and expert knowledge from photographers of world renown. Discover Galapagos like never before!

Guided tours through this incredible archipelago and personalized instruction from globally recognized photographers create an unforgettable travel experience.


Galapagos, with its incredible variety of wildlife and breathtaking locations, provides the perfect opportunity for both beginners seeking their first wildlife photography adventure and experienced photographers looking for a unique new experience, all while capturing timeless memories they’ll hold onto forever! 

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The Photographers

Gregory Basco


Gregory Basco is a professional nature photographer from the U.S. based in Costa Rica. After completing graduate degrees in political science and tropical ecology (his doctoral dissertation focused on the politics of ecotourism in Costa Rica), Greg worked in conservation before turning to photography full-time in 2006. 

Basco is a co-founder of Foto Verde Tours, one of the first travel companies specializing in nature photography travel in Latin America. As an engaging presenter, Greg has given keynote speeches and led breakout sessions at various photography conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. 

Lucas Bustamante

Lucas Bustamante has dived with whale sharks, been bitten by countless snakes, and been chased by elephants. He co-founded Tropical Herping and Savia Fund, an Ecuadorian Nonprofit dedicated to the legal defense of nature. 

His photographic work has been featured in National Geographic, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, and many other magazines, books, photo exhibitions, and articles. Lucas’s primary objective is to use photography to promote wildlife conservation, so he manages different projects throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. 

Frank Pichardo


Frank Pichardo is a Peruvian wildlife photographer and tour leader. He has almost two decades of experience focusing on professional photography in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Upper Amazon.  

Frank leads the tourism department of Tropical Herping, thanks to his vast experience and knowledge in photo tours and ecotourism.

Nowadays, he is focused on photographing nature for conservation and education purposes. His work has been featured in National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine. 

Galapagos Photography Itinerary

The Photography Masterclass begins on October 18th, 2023, in Quito. Following a lovely journey through our highlands, you will embark on a Galapagos Cruise aboard Yacht Isabela II. It is available to both amateurs and professionals. We’ve picked the best route for a photography cruise based on a diversity of flora and fauna and magical settings. 

We invite you to participate in our photography expedition extension after your Galapagos trip from October 26th to November 1st, 2023. You will travel with your photo instructors one more time to complete your Ecuador portfolio, visiting the cloud forest, the Choco rainforest, the Andes, and Old Quito, after your Galapagos trip. An itinerary for the first time scheduled and unique in the country!

Masterclass Program - US$8,350

Transfer between Airport & Hotel in Quito.

Welcome to Quito!

Remember to always keep your camera at the ready!  

Day trip to Antisana National Park (full-day).

Overnight at Holiday Inn Hotel (airport).

This will be our first photography experience with Galapagos wildlife.

Our team will offer on-location tips and tricks for photographing Galapagos wildlife and setting up your shot for the best photographic results. Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport and return to the mainland. 

Masterclass Extension - US$4,628

The masterclass extension begins here, with visits to Quito and the nearby rainforest! 

Overnight at Casa Gangotena. 

The adventure gets underway in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. Quito has the distinction of being one of the very first places to be declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. From here, we take off for Mashpi Reserve located a few hours northwest of the city, within the Metropolitan District of Quito. Mashpi is nestled deep within the cloud and rainforests of the Ecuadorian Chocó—one of the world’s most significant biodiversity hotspots. 

All our activities are designed to help you improve your photography skills. 


Cultural Tour of Quito (Live Quito like a Local) (full-day)

Overnight at Casa Gangotena.

Transfer between Hotel in Quito & Airport.

We appreciate you having this experience with us!

Frequently Asked Questions
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During this tour, your photo instructors will always accompany you alongside your Galapagos naturalists. They will assist you in maximizing your technique; so you can get the best images of the extraordinary wildlife from the islands. This hand-to-hand teaching will be on location and on board the ship, working together on curating your images, postprocessing, building a portfolio, photo feedback, and talks with tips and tricks for improving your pictures after and before each outing. In summary, this is a photo workshop on location.

This trip is oriented toward both amateur and skilled photographers. If you are new to this tour, our instructors will teach you to feel comfortable with your camera, shoot in the Galapagos, and help build your photography workflow to apply to future nature trips. If you are a skilled photographer, your photo instructors will work with you to learn new techniques and enhance even more your photography.

This decision is according to your budget, and there is no limitation for assistance with the trip. You come with an iPhone, a GoPro, a point-and-shoot camera, or a DSLR camera. Your photo instructors will help you get the best images despite any device in your hand, according to their highlights and limitations. Also, once you sign up for the tour, our instructor can orient you more in detail about this before your trip date.

The use of flash is not permitted with animals anywhere on the islands due to Galapagos National Park regulations.

Galapagos park rules state that the closest we can get is 6 feet of any animal. So long lenses are not 100% required because animals on the islands are fearless of humans, and almost always, they are very close to us. However, sometimes we find birds in the distance or extraordinary behavior that is not near us.

Yes, modern phone cameras are very well adapted to our photo needs, especially to take some snaps of incredible and dramatic landscapes and images of animals in their environment.

Due to Galapagos National Park regulations, drones are not permitted anywhere on the islands.

Yes. Your Galapagos guides and photo instructors will give you relevant information about the local wildlife’s natural history alongside your photo instruction. We believe it is essential to create more compelling and powerful images.

For this experience, a tripod is not essential. But if you want to experience slow-motion with landscapes and the waves, you can bring a light or travel tripod. A GorillaPod can be very useful as well. We will not practice night photography on this trip because all our excursions will take place during the daytime, and at night time, we will be on the ship.

Before each excursion, we will suggest what kind of lenses to bring, according to the highlight of each spot; in that way, a small daypack will be enough. We are not walking long distances or rushing.

Yes. During our hikes or outings, you will typically not need them, but the sea can sometimes be rough when we are on the dingy or returning from the ship to the islands. And sometimes, it can drizzle on the islands as well. So better, you are ready to protect your cameras.

It will be helpful if you can bring a polarizer and neutral density filters to this trip.

A significant component of our trip will be snorkeling. So yes, if you can bring any camera you can carry to the water, your photo instructors will also help you with tips and tricks for taking great images underwater.

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