Next trip: Ecuador!

Our next PROBUS trip will be to the country of Ecuador, in South America. The dates are September 8th to 23rd, 2021.

Our first stop is Quito, the second highest capital city in the world at an elevation of 9,350 feet. Quito is the largest colonial city in the Americas and a UNESCO world heritage site. We stay for three nights and will tour the city plus visit the “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World), where the Equator monument is located.

Next stop is the town of Mindo, where we visit the cloud forest via a tarabita (see brochure) and view a beautiful waterfall.
We travel through an area known as the Land of Lakes to Otavalo, where we stay for two nights in a beautiful 400-year old hacienda. Otavalo is famous for the most picturesque market in all of South America, featuring produce, animals, handicrafts and textiles.

We will enjoy two short train rides through the Andes Mountains and will see the magnificent Cotapaxi volcano, the highest active volcano on earth at 19,000 feet, and the best-preserved Incan site at Ingapirca.

Cuenca is considered the most beautiful city in Ecuador and we will enjoy visiting the city and then tour a Panama hat factory.
Guayaquil is located on the Pacific Ocean and is our stop for our last five days. There will be many tours here - the city tour of course, whale watching and a day in a tropical hacienda.

The cost for the tour is $5,495 per person with a single supplement of $1,695. Included are flights, accommodation, all breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners plus 1 lunch allowance. All gratuities are included. Excluded is air tax, currently $160 per person plus insurance.

We have two post-tour options to Panama City: Radisson city centre hotel for 3 nights $450 per person including transfers and accommodation plus breakfast; and the Westin Playa Bonita Resort on the Pacific Ocean, $770 per person including 3 buffet dinners.

Our other post-tour option is a 5-day, 4-night tour to the Galapagos Islands. We stay two days on Santa Cruz Island where tours include a visit to a highland area ranch to observe giant tortoises, a trip through a lava tunnel, and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. During our two days on Isabela Island, the largest in the Galapagos, we will have a wetlands excursion, visit the Wall of Tears, hike the Sierra Negra Volcano, and snorkel or swim in a small islet where we hope to see many marine animals. We will stay at local lodges on both islands and transfer between them via a small ferry. This extension costs $2,595 per person.

Click here to view the presentation shown at the February meeting. Please refer to the brochure for further information, or call
Joanne Millichamp at (289) 878-2969.



Trip 2019: France


Here is the video travelogue of the recent trip to France prepared by Kelly Ground and shown at the November 2019 meeting. Obviously a very successful trip!