Bite into the South American country of Peru, where exotic locations and the ruins of ancient civilisations present stunning backdrops
Peru is a country in South America, situated on the western side of the continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America.
Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east and Chile to the south. It is a country that has a diversity and wealth not common in the world. Peru ranks among the world’s great centres of ancient civilisations and has one of the richest biodiversity on earth.
This country has been called ‘the land of a thousand faces’ and is considered one of the most beautiful countries. It has a tropical coastline, the High Sierra and Amazonian jungle. Locations include the Machu-Picchu national sanctuary ruins, Inca City of Cusco, colonial buildings and museums, Lake Titicaca, the Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons, the Andes, cloud forests, rainforests, the Amazon River, Nazca Lines, the biggest astronomical calendar on Earth, deserts, beaches with reed boats, volcanoes and more.
Coast: There are two clearly-defined seasons on the coast: summer (December-March), when temperatures can reach 27°C; and winter (May-October), which is damp and chilly, with temperatures falling to 12°C. Although it rarely rains on the coast, mist and drizzle are common during the winter. The far north coast enjoys sunshine all year round.
Highlands: The climate is dry and temperate, with two clearly-defined seasons: dry season (May-October), with sunny days, very cold nights and scant rainfall; and the rain season (December-March). There is a sharp contrast in temperature between sun and shade, and temperatures can often vary widely during the same day, from 20°C to 2°C.
Jungle: The area has a tropical and humid climate. There are two well-defined seasons: the summer or dry season (April to October) with sunny days and temperatures above 30°C, and the rainy season (November to March), with frequent showers and high river levels.
Requirements for Filming in Peru
• Letter Of Introduction: Project synopsis, crew list, in/out dates. Target audience, along with proof of liability insurance
• Film Equipment List: Details with weights, dollar amounts, film and sound stock signed by responsible party
• Day-by-day shot list with locked locations and dates
• The fee varies according to locations
• Two DVD copies of the completed film, whenever the film is completed before release.
Customs: To get ‘Temporary Importation’ for your equipment, you need to get in touch with the local Peruvian Consulate. They usually ask you to fill out an application to get a Press visa along with a complete equipment list.
Visas and Work Permit
A press visa is recommended for any crew entering Peru with equipment. The rest of the crew and clients can travel on tourist visas. Press visas are free and can be easily obtained through the Peruvian embassy in India. It takes two weeks to process the formalities.
There are currently no tax incentives for national or foreign productions. Foreign crews are exempt from hotel accommodation tax.
The per-days cost for archaeological locations ranges from US $ 300 to US $ 1,000. Permits need to be applied two weeks prior to shooting. Permits for most other locations are easier and less expensive. Following is a breakdown of important locations.
Lima: The capital and main production centre. Beaches, Inca and Pre-Inca
archeological sites, modern and colonial architecture and some of the best restaurants in South America.
Cusco: Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and other archeological sites. The Sacred Valley for natural beauty and agriculture. Local markets. Colonial looks. Traditional Quechua Villages and picturesque snow-covered peaks.
Arequipa: Stunning colonial architecture and dramatic other-worldly landscapes including volcanoes, salt lakes, canyons, sand dunes and more.
Trujillo: Tropical beaches, giant archaeological complexes and some of the finest surfing in the world.
Iquitos: Native jungle tribes, virgin rainforest and abundant wildlife.
Huacachina: An oasis village built around a natural lake in the desert.