5 pre-departure tips at the Guayaquil airport

Susana Ca´rdenas

Guayaquil Airport, Alamy, Shutterstock

Designed by the argentinian firm BMA Bodas Miani Anger Arquitectos y Asociados, Jose´ Joaqui´n de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil was selected as the best airport in Latin America and the Caribbean by the Airports Council International for nine consecutive years



Go explore!

The airport is located just 3 miles [5 km] from the city center. If you have enough time during your layover, go check out the neighborhood of Las Pen~as, the port, Cerro Santa Ana and the Maleco´n 2000.


Buy a Panama hat to give as a gift

The Britt Shop chain has arrived in Guayaquil. The stores have everything from elegant toquilla straw hats (or Panama hats) to colorful accessories made with tagua seeds, including handicrafts and clothes and wallets featuring Ecuadorian flora and fauna patterns.



Try chocolate made in Ecuador

The country is known as the land of fine cocoa and produces the best chocolate for export. Visit the store Repu´blica del Cacao, located in the departures area, and buy bars and bonbons with exotic flavors, including passion fruit, fig and marine salt, among others.


Have a nice meal

If you want to try the fabulous Ecuadorian cuisine, the best option is City Bistro´. Their ceviche, locro de patatas y aguacate (a kind of soup) or pork ribs with passion fruit will make your belly full.



Rest with a view

The convenient and modern Holiday Inn is located just seven minutes from the airport. With comfortable rooms, the hotel has a patio, pool and hydromassage tub for guests to enjoy Guayaquil’s tropical weather. The top floor offers a lovely panoramic view: the Guayas River, the old houses in the historic park and the avant-garde architecture of the building known as The Point, the city’s newest symbol.



The airport has a 24/7 taxi service. A trip to downtown costs US$10, and the minimum fare is US$5. The terminal is also home to a car rental company.