Whats the Cuenca Airport Like?

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador

Yesterday we set out on a trip to Quito, so I thought I would tell everyone a bit about the airport in Cuenca.

The airport in Cuenca is bright, clean and modern.  You can find little bits of everything you might expect to find at an airport even though the airport itself isn’t that big.

The airport is called: Aeropuerto Mariscal La Mar and is run by La Corporación Aeroportuaria. Check out the Cuenca Airport Web site for arrival / departure information.

airport in cuenca, ecuador

airport in cuenca, ecuador

Almost immediately after entering an attendant approached us and spoke in very good English to ask if he could help us.  I don’t know if this is common, but if you ask, there is most likely someone on duty to help if you don’t speak Spanish.  Every time we’ve been in the airport we had the help of English-speaking staff.

airport in cuenca, ecuadorDownstairs you’ll find gift shops, a candy store and if you want one more taste of the wonderful bread and pastries you’ve enjoyed while exploring Cuenca you can grab some at the little bread shop.  Upstairs there is a food court with a nice variety of food to chose from, and the prices are reasonable.

After passing security you’ll find a cafe, more gift shops, and a liquor stock up point (in case you feel your friends just have to sip Zhumir for themselves, because you can’t truly describe it to them.  I haven’t tried it yet, so I’m not recommending it, but it seems pretty popular here.)  In this area of the airport the announcements are also in English, so don’t worry if your Spanish isn’t that polished.

airport in cuenca, ecuador

airport in cuenca, ecuador

airport in cuenca, ecuador

We flew with Lan, we are never disappointed with that airline, so unlike the Zhumir, I am recommending it 🙂  The attendants are very friendly and helpful, the plane itself is clean and in good shape, and the captain made his announcements in English as well.  We also noticed that the same English speaking attendant that helped us when we arrived in the airport was on the flight.

Unfortunately we flew at night, so I didn’t any good pictures of the scenery.  Our flight back is in daylight so hopefully it’ll be a clear day and I’ll have some good pics to share.


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Since moving to Ecuador in 2009, Dena and Bryan have made their living as bloggers. Dena is a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for Canadian travel brands. She is a contributor to Bryan Haines and is co-founder of Click Like This - a photo tutorial blog.

8 comments… add one
  • Patricia Emmett Sep 12, 2013, 12:57 am

    Hello again,
    I feel so happy to find your messages in my email almost daily! I have a new question which sort of relates to your airport trip. I am all registered and rooms booked in Quito and Cuenca for the months of November and December. My question is do I have to purchase a round trip plane ticket to come to Ecuador? I am so undecided about my return? I am hoping to spend enough time there to make some life changing decisions and am undecided about my return flight dates, do they check our papers for return tickets or would I be able to buy my ticket to return to the US when I arrive. I am hoping to stay my full 90 days allowed, but wanted to have leave return dates open until I decide? Thanks for the help and advice and even more so thank you for being patient with the clueless people like me! Your answers to our questions are always so kind and easy for everyone regardless of age or experience to understand!

  • Daniel Jul 25, 2011, 9:13 am

    Need to know if they have the Visa on Arrival facility at Cuenca airport, ready to book Bogota – Cuenca online but if they don’t issue visas….!


    • Bryan Haines Jul 25, 2011, 9:17 am

      Hi Daniel, I don’t think they have any immigration/visa offices there at all. I believe that it is a national airport only. I think you’ll have to fly through Quito/Guayaquil before landing in Cuenca.

  • Erik Mar 2, 2011, 7:55 pm

    I really love how you two are writing about the day to day things that are important for us readers. keep up the good work and I can not wait until my wife and children can vist this wonderful part of the world.


  • Lionel Mar 2, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Dena, this is a wonderful article! I will be visiting in a couple of months and it is nice to know that Cuenca has a nice, warm and friendly airport. I assume you and the family are on your way to Quito. Have a good trip!

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