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.
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.
Downstairs 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.
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.