Guayaquil International Airport (José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport) serves the city of Guayaquil in the province of Guayas in Ecuador. It is situated five kilometres north of the centre of Guayaquil on Avenue de las Américas, and it is the closest point from Ecuador to Galapagos Islands. It is also the second busiest airport in the country and was named “Best Airport in Latin America 2008 and 2009”.
The airport got its name from José Joaquín de Olmedo, a notable Ecuadorian poet who was also the first mayor of the city and former president of the country.
What to see & do
Guayaquil is the main port and largest and most populous city in Ecuador. It is situated on the western bank of the Guayas River which lies 60 kilometres north of the Gulf of Guayaquil.
Malecon Simón Bolivar is a riverfront promenade at the Guayas River. It is a historical area of the city, featuring the La Rotonda monument that signifies the famous encounter of Simón Bolívar and Jose de San Martin in 1822. Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar played a big role in establishing Ecuador and other South American countries as sovereign states independent of the Spanish rule.
Many visitors and locals go to Parque Seminario located at Agosto Avenue and Chile Avenue. Also called Parque de Las Iguanas, the park is home to hundreds of land iguanas that can grow up to almost five feet in length. There is also a statue of Simón Bolívar in the middle of the park. Another must-see destination in Guayaquil is Parque Centenario. Covering four city blocks, it is the largest park in the town centre. A large Statue of Liberty can be found in the area. See some colonial-inspired architecture at Plaza Lagos located across the Rio Daule in the district of Samborondón. This complex has a range of upscale restaurants that offer South American and Spanish cuisine.
For shopping opportunities, head to Mercado Artesanal. This is the biggest artisan market in Guayaquil, with more than 200 shops occupying Baquerizo Avenue. Another notable location is Malécon 2000 which combines green areas and shopping, with numerous bars and shops including Centro Comercial Malecon, a shopping mall with hundreds of different stores. It is an urban renewal project overlooking the Guayas River. Travellers take a walk through the riverbanks, exploring the restored and modern Malécon. For those who are looking for some peace and quiet, go to Imbabura up to Juan Montalvo Street and relax in the lagoon and gardens.
How to get around within Guayaquil
From the airport, take the local Metrovia bus going to the main bus terminal in the city centre. This modern bus rapid transit system is reliable, easy to navigate, and has numerous stops which are close to some must-see destinations.
Another option to get around Guayaquil, and also the cheapest, is by taking the local bus. Taxis are everywhere – tourists can either call a taxi service or take one from the airport, bus station, or commercial centres.
Many hotels provide shuttle transfer services. Car rental service is also available outside the airport.
How to get there
There are flights to Guayaquil International Airport domestic destinations such as Quito, San Cristobal, Baltra, and Cuenca, and international destinations such as Buenos Aires, Miami, San Salvador, Panama City, Madrid, Amsterdam, Santiago de Chile, and Fort Lauderdale, among others. The airport serves as a hub for LAN Ecuador and a focus city for TAME.
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