Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. Wow! What an incredible airport. Probably the best airport I’ve encountered so far. (I’m not being sarcastic, I just like airports okay) Madrid airport still being the prettiest I’ve seen But with its exquisite interior design, Lima’s international airport was definitely the most enjoyable. Unlike Quito airport in Ecuador, which is (no offence to any Ecuadorians reading this) pretty dull and really tiny for a capital city airport, Jorge Chávez International Airport manages to capture the Peruvian spirit and culture in the most authentic way possible while remaining sleek and modern.
After saying my tearful goodbyes (to catch my flight to Houston, Texas) and passing passport control and security I was drawn to the duty free area by the sound of music. After a bittersweet despidida (farewell), suddenly my mood lifted and instead of feeling sad i was intrigued by this alluring music. As I moved closer I discovered what I was hearing was the beautiful sound of a Peruvian Mariachi-like group playing native Peruvian music. Which was surprising as on my previous trip to Peru I never come across this and i know it was probably a peak season tourist attraction but I to me it was perfect timing. Just as I was mentally preparing myself to say goodbye to Peru, hearing that music and seeing all the lovely artisan crafts in the souvenir shops just pulled me right back. It definitely added joy to an otherwise sorrowful moment.
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Just behind the band, lies a souvenir shop. Which really captures Peruvian culture and spirit through the interior design of the shop, and with these cheeky native Peruvian sculptures. Look away now if you dislike overtly phallic objects!
I reached the gate/duty free area early so I decided to spend my time gawking at the amazing stuff the shops had to offer until boarding time. As you know from my previous posts, I’m a real sucker for artisan craftwork. So for me, this was just the perfect way to kill time until my plane to Houston, Texas was ready.
Airports – Do you Love or Hate them? What’s your favourite airport (experience)?