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7 Things to do on a layover at Guayaquil Airport

A long layover is never fun, but if you’re stuck at Guayaquil Airport, you’re getting the best airport in South America! This modern, brightly-lit, well-organized airport is popular for its free WiFi, affordable eateries, and welcoming staff. Enjoy your time with these seven things to do on a layover at Guayaquil Airport:

1. Enjoy a meal

Airport DiningStart your layover with a meal. There aren’t too many dining options, and most tend towards food court kiosks, casual dining, and cafes, but you should be able to find something that hits the spot. International chains like KFC, Cinnabon, and McDonald’s have outposts here. Many eateries stay open until 9:00 p.m. or later, and several are open 24 hours.

2. Head to a lounge

Airport LoungesSometimes, an airport lounge is just what you need during a long layover: a one-stop-shop offering food and drinks, WiFi, news and TVs, and comfortable seating for working or relaxing, all for a single entry price. You don’t even have to be a Business or First Class flyer to get into a few of the airport lounges here – simply pre-book a visit or use your lounge membership program to gain entry. Locations are available in our Guayaquil Airport Guide.

3. Shop

ShoppingThe small range of shops here means you can find what you need quickly — or simply browse them all to kill time. Craft stores like Hecho en Ecuador and Britt Shop sell locally sourced crafts, coffee, and chocolate, and the Ecuadorian craving for sweets is evident in its many candy shops (see how many samples you can try!). As usual, you’ll also find a pharmacy, bookstore, technology shops, and a Duty-Free area.

4. Get a massage

Relax or work out those neck kinks. Fly Massage in the International Terminal offers a variety of massage services.

5. Go sightseeing

Layover SightseeingCan’t stand another minute inside the airport? If you’ve got at least six hours till that next flight, head out for some city explorations.

With limited public transit, your best bet is to hire an official taxi outside the Arrivals Hall. The airport is just a few miles from the city center, so it’s a quick ride. The Arrivals Hall offers luggage storage if you want to store any bags while you’re out and about.

In the city center, see impressive architecture at the San Francisco Church, then head to the Iguana Park for an up-close peek at the local wildlife used to human visitors. The hilltop town of Cerro Santa Ana is colourful and offers excellent city views if you can make it up the 444 stairs to the lighthouse! Stroll along the Malecon for restaurants, shops, and a Ferris Wheel ride along the Rio Guayas.

However you spend your free time, don’t miss your next flight! Leave plenty of time to return to the airport and clear through Security.

6. WiFi

Free WiFi is available, so you can catch up on work or chat with friends during your layover.

7. Sleep

Airport SleeperYou shouldn’t have any problem catching up on Z’s here, as the airport staff are pretty tolerant of nappers and travellers camping out overnight. The modern airport has plenty of benches, some without armrests, and some travellers report exceptionally comfortable couches in the Arrivals Hall. The spaces are generally quiet, safe, and clean, though chilly, so bring an extra layer. If a hotel is more your style, several are within a few minutes drive of the airport, and some offer shuttle service. Locations and details are available on our Guayaquil Airport Guide.

These are just a few things to do on a layover at Guayaquil Airport. Visit our Guayaquil Airport Guide for more information about more services and facilities available, such as food, WiFi, mobile charging, luggage storage, nearby airport hotels, and much more.