“Transformers” in Machu Picchu: film tourism arrives in Peru

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Set in the early 1990s, the new film Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, released on June 7 in France features a conflict between extraterrestrial robots on Earth. Part of the film was shot in Peru, between September and November 2022, from Cusco to Machu Picchu via the Tarapoto jungle.

The Paramount production is directed by Steven Caple Jr. and stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback. It serves as both a sequel to Bumblebee (2018) and a prequel to the Transformers saga. The story is set in 1994, when Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos), a former military electronics expert, and archaeologist Elena Wallace (Elena Fishback) join a war between the Autobots and three factions of the Transformers race: the Maximals. , the Predacons and the Terrorcons.

More than 30 vehicles, including trucks, sports cars, classic cars and motorcycles, have been shipped to the south of the country for this famous sci-fi blockbuster.

Filming locations

San Martin Region (Northern Upper Jungle)

  • Alto Shilcayo Nature Reserve – Ideal for nature lovers, hikers and birdwatchers looking for new landscapes and waterfalls. Night excursions also allow you to observe poison dart frogs, such as the amazing Ranitomeya.
  • Cascadas La Unión – Two small waterfalls falling on natural stones and forming a vast basin of warm waters, in the middle of a luxuriant landscape of intense green.
  • Shapaja District – Named after the palm tree called ‘Shapaja’, this tropical region is endemic to this tree.
  • Catarata Ahuashiyacu – In Quechua-lamista, the name of this 40-meter high waterfall means “singing water” or “laughing water”, and it is one of the most visited attractions in San Martin.

Cusco region (southeast of the Andes)

  • Cusco – The city is considered the archaeological capital of America. The ancient Inca capital was organized and built in the shape of a puma, whose head was in Saqsaywaman. Today, the architecture of the city center is mainly Spanish colonial, built with the stones of the old city, the result is of striking beauty.
  • Saqsaywaman – Considered by Spaniards and experts to be a military building overlooking the heights of Cusco. Stones more than 5 meters high and weighing 120 tons were used for its construction.
  • Chinchero District – This region stands out for its various textile factories, where locals demonstrate the artisanal process of its famous fabrics made from natural fibers and dyes. Another highlight of this city is the Chinchero Archaeological Park, a magnificent place where terraces, platforms, walls and stone foundations bear witness to the existence of Emperor Tupac Inka Yupanqui’s palace.
  • Les Salines de Maras – Just 6.6 kilometers from the town of Maras, one of the largest centers of salt extraction of pre-Hispanic origin is nestled in the steep slopes of the valley, with 5,000 salt basins staggered in terraces.
  • Wiñayhuayna – or “young forever” in Quechua. Accessing this archaeological complex is difficult, but the surrounding nature and architecture are impressive. Last stage on the Inca Trail before Machupicchu (5km from the citadel), it takes between 2 and 4
    days of walking to get there depending on the starting points.
  • Machupicchu – One of the New 7 Wonders of the World. This sacred site is perhaps the best example of man’s ability to build a gigantic stone complex in the midst of a paradisiacal landscape while respecting natural harmony. The result is
    truly breathtaking.
  • Abra Málaga – This is a private conservation area created to preserve the local Polylepis forest (the tallest flowering tree in the world, which grows up to 5,000 meters above sea level), as well as its fauna, its resources and the landscapes of the region.
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