You will not believe how modern the Mariscal Sucre International Airport is in Quito Ecuador!
We landed in Quito. Quito International Airport is a brand new and recently opened first class modern airport. It is spotlessly clean, air conditioned and has huge art on the walls which capture in photos all the beautiful places you can visit here and also welcoming you in many languages. It was a relief, after a long travel day, to discover that every single sign is also written in several languages and leads you exactly where you need to go next.
The Quito International Airport slogan is, “We Bring The World To Ecuador!” I saw that this was indeed true while I was waiting in the Immigration line. I looked around in some degree of awe as I observed at all the people of many nationalities and heard their many different languages being spoken.
To be completely honest, even after everything so positive that I had read online about Ecuador, I had still expected something, well, a little more run down or somehow more “Third World.” However, the Quito International Airport equalled, and in some aspects surpassed, any airport I had ever seen in any “First World” country.
The people at Ecuador Immigration are helpful and friendly. There are no bomb sniffing dogs, visible guns or bullet proof vests. Rather, when it was our turn to have our passports stamped to enter the country, the Border Immigration guard struck up a very warm and welcoming conversation with me in Spanish. When he had stamped my passport, he said with a warm smile, “Welcome to my country: the beautiful and tranquil Ecuador. I hope you enjoy your time here with us. Buen Viaje! Have a good trip.” I walked through the Passport Control smiling, shaking my head in wonder and feeling surprisingly and unexpectedly welcome.
When you are catching a plane out of Ecuador, there are two International Airports to choose from. You can fly out of Quito or Guayaquil. When I want to leave the beach and go on an adventure, I take a 30 minute taxi ride to the Manta Airport which is the closest airport to where I live.
Then I take a beautiful Aerogal airbus plane from Manta to Quito and go out from there to wherever I want to go either by bus, taxi or another plane. You will no believe the Aerogal Airbus Plane leg room! It’s like First Class only you are in Coach!
GETTING ON A PLANE OUT OF QUITO
Everyone goes through regular check in, security and then a wait downstairs in a holding area. From there your plane is called and you board a bus which takes you to your plane.
And if you are lucky flying out of Quito International Airport, you can see the ash from volcanoes nearby.
Here are some other photos from inside Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador.
You can change money if you need to:
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WORDS TO THRIVE BY FOR WORLD TRAVELERS: FOOTPRINTS IN ECUADOR by Mary Anne Dorward
Related Links and Posts:
Ecuador: My First Impressions: http://wp.me/p47vLx-1Q
Becoming A World Citizen and Why It’s Important Part One: http://wp.me/p47vLx-c4
Becoming A World Citizen and Why It’s Important Part Two: http://wp.me/p47vLx-eN
The Many Faces Of Ecuador: http://wp.me/p47vLx-d5
Tranquility And The Drama In Your Head: http://wp.me/p47vLx-8Q
Moving To Ecuador: Where Do I Fit In As An American Woman?http://wp.me/p47vLx-2v
- Note: All photos in “Footprints in Ecuador: An American Woman’s Life Changing Journey” have been taken by Mary Anne Dorward. All photos and writing on this blog are protected under the U.S. Trademark: Words To Thrive By. For more information, to schedule an inspirational speech or interview, please contact Mary Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.