Deserts, mountains, glaciers, cities, forests and more with Jacaranda Films Owner and EP Rémi Noiriel
Over the years, Chile has become a very valuable shooting destination, thanks to its enormous diversity of landscapes. Being a long and narrow country, its 4300km length can boast a great variety of weathers, and such diversity in terrain that the mighty Andes Cordillera descends into the valleys, to finally arrive at the Pacific Ocean.
Desert, mountain trails, forests, modern metropolis, glaciers, rivers and lakes are some of the examples that, in lieu with a safe economic and political infrastructure and growing audiovisual industry, can make Chile a hot destination for your next project.
Below, check out some highlights – with stunning photos to boot – of the locations and places that make Chile stand out as a location powerhouse.
1. Atacama Desert
The driest desert on earth, extending over 1600km in the North of Chile, where dunes, salt flats, geysers, white sand beaches and high altitude lakes can be found. San Pedro de Atacama is its most recognisable town, and where the Death Valley or the Moon Valley could easily emulate the surface of Mars. Also, it is here where once a year you can find a unique phenomenon: a flowered desert. Atacama also boasts one of the clearest skies in the world and where astronomic observatories have set foot to stare at the cosmos. It is also a production friendly area in which numerous productions have taken place.
A port city that is part of Unesco's World Heritage list. Only 120km away from Santiago city, it has become a unique destination due to its architectural diversity. Colourful houses in the hills, stairs, alleys and graffiti. Coastal views, cliffs and beaches. This is a film-friendly city where a lot of historic content has been shot, and it's one of Chile's most iconic places. It's also close to the city of Viña del Mar, which has been nicknamed Garden city, and is known for its beautiful coastal area.
3. Easter Island
This island is located in Polynesia, 3700km away from continental Chile. World renowned for its Moai (ancestral sculptures, protectors of the island), it holds one of the most amazing cultures and landscapes on the planet. With a subtropical climate, crystal clear water, paradise-like beaches along with the now inactive volcano Rano Kau, the Rapa Nui culture shows its face to the world. The Island also has one of the purest ocean beds in the world, which makes it ideal for audiovisual underwater projects.
The capital city of Chile is a cosmopolitan place, worldly known for its cultural and architectural diversity. Here you can find an eclectic mix of American and European looks; suburbs, streets and an amazing skyline. It has a modern district that's quite unique in South America, and is particularly attractive for audiovisual projects. Around the city, and not further than 120km, holds some of the most sought-after landscapes for filming. Forests, lakes, mountains and snow in the winter. To the west there's also beaches, and all around it there are roads, countryside views and other great looks that make for stunning running shots.
5. Pucon Zone
This is 800km south of Santiago and only 160km away from the airport city of Temuco. This area presents itself as one of the most attractive in terms of diversity of landscapes. Rainforests, lakes, rivers, winter ski resorts, vast green meadows and imposing volcanoes; this is the Chilean version of the Alps. The zone also offers multiple outdoor activities, such as rafting, trekking, canopy, climbing, sailing, etc. Being a top tourist destination, Pucon has the capacity to host the most demanding of crews.
Located 1030km south of Santiago, this is the biggest island in the south, extending over 180km in length. This portion of land is known for the magic and mystery of its history, and for its gorgeous landscapes: fiords, rainforests, beaches and countryside backdrops. Its capital, Castro, is home to the ‘Palafitos’, picturesque colourful houses built on wooden pillars over the sea. In Chiloé, you can also find churches that date back to the 1700s, and which are also in the Unesco World Heritage list. All of this make this place one of the most recognisable postcard places in Chile.
7. Aysen Zone
One of the areas with the most potential, Aysen is located about 1800km south of Santiago, in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia. It boasts landscapes that emulate those of The Lord of the Rings, and that have mostly stayed unpolluted by man. You will find virgin forests, rivers, lakes, imposing mountains and even glaciers. One of its principal attractions are the marble cathedrals, sculpted by time in the lake General Carrera. With a strong touristic growth in its capital Coyhaique, Aysen is presenting itself as a go-to destination for all kinds of projects.
8. Torres del Paine
Chosen as the eighth wonder of the world, Torres del Paine is without a doubt one of the most recognisable Chilean places to the rest of the world. Located 3200km from Santiago, in the heart of the National Park, it represents the magnificence of Chilean landscapes at its purest. The Grey Glacier, next to the park and with an ice extension of 6km in length, complements both the fauna diversity as well as the geographical one, being one of the most southern areas in the world. There are also great accommodation resources, which have helped in turning Torres del Paine into a growing sought after location for different types of shoots.