Stuck on an Ecuador layover in Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE)? The airport was ranked the highest in Latin American airports in a 2008 BusinessWeek poll and is a main hub of Lan Ecuador. The airport is located roughly 3 kilometers from Guayaquil’s city center, which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Ecuador layover, click here for useful tips.
The airport has a departure tax of US$28.27 for international flights. There is not national tax except for the Galapagos, in which there’s a $10 tourist card fee and $100 visitor fee (cash only) upon arrival in Baltra or San Cristobol. The fee is non-refundable and valid for 7 days.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Ecuador layover, there’s plenty to do. The airport has many shops and restaurants, as well as a pharmacy, a hair salon and a florist. In addition, there is Wi-Fi, ATM and banking services, phone rental, and a post office.
The airport hosts many lounges including the International Departure Lounge (Seropuertos VIP Club), International Arrival Lounge (Priority Pass), NationalDeparture Lounge (Sueropuertos VIP Club), and a Business and Training Center.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels of varying price points near the airport. For a comprehensive list of hotels, click here.
Taxis and buses are located outside of the airport’s Arrival Hall, and car rentals are available 24 hours a day in the Arrival Hall on the Ground Floor.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Guayaquil, Ecuador Layover:
Ecuador has countless tours – everything from mangrove and yacht tours, to beach and shopping tours. Click here for more options!
The Malecon 2000 is the boardwalk that spans the Guayas River in Guayaquil. Here you can take a stroll along the river, and stop at the many points of interest including restaurants, bars, theaters, fountains, and gardens.
Parque Historico Guayaquil
Enter through a mangrove forest to The Parque Historico Guayaquil. Located along the river, the park represents old Guayaquil and has buildings from the early part of the century that were declared cultural heritage
Cerro Santa Ana
The Cerro Santa Ana is a watchtower that is located in a historic neighborhood of Guayaquil. Climb the stairs up to the top of the Fort of the Hill that was once used to protect the city from pirates.
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