Who has not ever seen a movie and then forgot the plot, but remembers the landscapes perfectly? There is a certain type of movies , like The Motorcycle Diaries or The Life of Pi, in which the locations take on almost as much prominence as the characters themselves.
So impressive are the landscapes of some productions that a new way of traveling has even been developed: “film tourism”, which consists of visiting places that appear in movies and television series. According to TCI Research, in 2017, 80 million international travelers chose their destinations from movies , series and even advertisements. In just five years, movie tours have doubled. These are the destinations that local Evaneos agents highlight to impress moviegoers.
It turns to French India from the hand of Ang Lee
La vida de Pi tells the story of an immigrant to Canada from Pondicherry, a region of India that was part of the French Colonial Empire. At the beginning of the film , the viewer knows a typical Indian family: the school, the rites, the dances, the tea plantations… All of this takes place in Tamil Nadu, one of the twenty-nine Indian states chosen by Ang Lee to shoot the film . which made him an Oscar winner for best director.A group of Indian girls during a traditional dance
The most mysterious Vietnam
Vietnam may seem like a quiet destination: walks through the rice terraces, browse the markets, temples in total tranquility… but it can also become a mysterious territory if you have seen Kong: Skull Island before.
This film presents the fiction of a kingdom ruled by a huge orangutan. The production, directed by Vogt-Roberts, was shot on the islets of Halong Bay, along the Trang An estuaries and in the Phong Nha National Park.A boat sails through Halong Bay (Vietnam)
Latin America starting with Argentina
Argentina, Chile, Peru and continuing north to Venezuela. This is the route followed by the protagonists of The Motorcycle Diaries. In this biographical film that is already a classic, we see Ernesto Guevara (El Che) and Alberto Granado touring the Latin American continent to meet the most disadvantaged. If you don’t have four months to travel like the protagonists, visit Buenos Aires and the surroundings It is a good option to soak up the Latin culture.
The colorful houses of the La Boca neighborhood are a hallmark of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Ait-Ben-Haddou, Hollywood in Marruecos
Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, Lieutenant Lawrence from Lawrence of Arabia, Máximo from Gladiator… All these characters have been in Ait-Ben-Haddou, the fortified city located in the province of Ouarzazar (Morocco).
Numerous films have been filmed in this World Heritage city and even one of its monumental gates is not original, but was built for the filming of The Jewel of the Nile.
The fortified city Ait-Ben-Haddou (Morocco)
South Africa: contrasts and movies
South Africa is a country of contrasts and feature films like Blood Diamond make it even more evident. In the words of director Ed Zwick, “wherever one goes one meets images of breathtaking beauty, and heartrending filth.” The film features scenes in the city of Port Edward, but also landscapes that demonstrate the lush beauty of South African nature. Alejandra, from Evaneos, designs itineraries through this region.
The Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, South Africa
Mexico, art and culture
Many series and movies have been shot in Mexico and often these convey the cultural values of the country. This is the case of Frida, which shows the life of this artist and locations such as the Casa Azul in Coyoacán or La Casa Estudio de Diego Rivera, in San Ángel. This is also the case of Coco, an animated film inspired by the Mixquic Pantheon, where it is a tradition to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
A corner of the Casa Azul, where the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived
Cuba, for all kinds of audiences
Cuba, and especially Havana, is the protagonist of many films with very diverse themes. From action films, such as Fast & Furious or Transformers, to musical films, such as Dirty Dancing or Chico and Rita, take place in the capital. In these latest films , romance and music mix with the most picturesque corners of the city. Some travelers opt for itineraries to get to know the musicality of the area, such as the trip that is usually made with Bibiana to discover salsa.
A group of musicians in the streets of Trinidad (Cuba)