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6 films inspired by the beautiful natural landscapes of Peru

Recently updated on July 28th, 2023 at 11:44 am

There is nothing quite like the breath-taking landscapes of Peru. Lush rainforests, sky-high mountain ranges and serene beaches make up the land’s unique natural environment. Until you’re able to visit the natural beauty in person, tucking into a movie shot in Peru is the next best thing. From dramas to documentaries, here are 6 movies filmed in Peru to watch now, that might just inspire your next adventure. Whether you have been to the country before or if it’s at the top of your travel bucket list, these films will leave you with some serious travel envy.


The Motorcycle Diaries

This 2004 film was inspired by Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s memoir that he wrote in the 1950s as a 23-year-old. The movie follows a motorcycle road trip across South America that Ernesto takes with his friend. In addition to showcasing the stunning landscapes of Peru, the film is about Ernesto’s self-discovery as a young man. The journey he takes through Peru, the things he saw and the people he met along the way are said to have had influence on his future self.

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Peru: Hidden Treasure

This 2017 documentary showcases Peru like you have never seen it before. It’s all about uncovering the secrets behind the country that make it what it is today. From exploring the ancient history to the cuisine to the breath-taking landscapes of Peru, this film will no doubt inspire your next holiday.



If you like horror films and thrillers, check out Undertow. The film, which gained international recognition, follows the mysterious drowning of a man at sea. The movie was filmed in a small fishing village located in northwest Peru and has some gorgeous shots of the beaches that this part of the country has to offer.

Dias de Santiago

This film follows a Peruvian soldier who retires and returns back to everyday life, and the struggles that come with it. Having worked in the military for so long, he’s forgotten how to live in a civilized setting, let alone a major city like Lima. The movie provides a cinematic depiction of life in Peru, both in the military setting and in Lima.

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¡Asu Mare!

For a light-hearted Peruvian film that offers plenty of comedic relief, watch ¡Asu Mare!. The comedy is written by and stars Carlos Alcántara and is an adaptation of his popular stand-up comedy show. It also stars many well-known Peruvian actors who starred in a popular nineties sitcom. The all-star cast paired with the hilarious storyline allowed this movie to break several records, including becoming the most popular film in all of South America in 2013.

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La Teta Asustada

This award-winning film by Peruvian director, Claudia Llosa, deals with some serious subject matter. It’s inspired by conflict experienced in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s, and portrays it in a cinematic and artful way. The film features different landscapes of Peru, mostly filmed in an area outside of Lima. La Teta Asustada earned several nominations and awards at film festivals around the world, and was even nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film.

Have you seen any films inspired by the landscapes of Peru? Share them in the comments.

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