Ecuador has 2 international airports, one in Guayaquil and one in the capital, Quito.
Guayaquil Airport is called: “Jose Joaquin de Olmedo”, and is the closest to the coast. If you arrive here, you can take a bus or rent a car to the closest beach, one hour away: Playas de Villamil.
In addition, there are many other spots 2 and 3 hours away, among these is Las Tunas, our favorite.
The good thing about Guayaquil’s airport is that it is in the middle of the city, so in 5 minutes you can be at the bus station or rent a car.
The airport in Quito is called: “Mariscal Sucre” and it is a good option if you want to go to the northern beaches, perfect for longboarders. Like Mompiche, a spot with a dreamy long left wave.
What you should keep in mind is that the airport in Quito is on the outskirts of the city, about 45 minutes by car. You can take a taxi or urban bus to the bus station, or rent a car.
The closest beach to Quito is about 5 hours away.
Regarding the currency, Ecuador has been a dollarized country for more than 20 years, but as it is a country with a relatively low cost of living, we recommend you bring small bills, that is, $5, $10 and $20 bills.
You can only change the $50 and $100 bills in large supermarkets and banks.
There are ATMs in almost all towns and small cities, but always make sure to look on the maps if the town where you are going to stay has it, and if not, surely the nearest city does.