Best Movies and Documentaries that will inspire you to travel to Peru

Amazon With Bruce Parry

Bruce Parry embarks on an epic journey following the Amazon river from it’s source to the sea.

Episode 1. In Peru he learns about the cocaine production industry and visits the seminomadic Ashaninka tribe.

Episode 2. Bruce Parry continues his journey through Peruvian jungle. This time he visits the indigenous people of the Achuar tribe, who’s way of life and survival is threatened by international oil industry. During this visit Bruce tries Ayahuasca, a traditional Amazonian medicine.

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The Rainforests Are Under Threat 2016

An award winning documentary about the treats facing the Amazon rainforest of Peru. The film covers urgent issues of deforestation caused by mining industry;  poaching and the damage it causes to the rainforest ecosystem and the impact the loss of the Amazon forest has on the atmosphere and the global weather systems.

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Sacred Science 2012

Documentary that follows a group of westerners suffering from various illnesses (Parkinson’s, Cancer, Diabetes) who travel to the Peruvian Amazon forest in order to spent a month in an  Ayahuasca retreat. Ayahuasca is a plant medicine that has been used by the indigenous cultures of the Amazon for centuries for healing and spiritual purposes.

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The Motorcycle Diaries 2004

A biographical film based primarily on Ernesto’s Che Guevara diary about the 8000 mile motorcycle trip him and his friend Alberto Granada took across South America in 1952. Traveling through the continent, they witness the poverty and injustice they have not been aware of.

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The Dancer Upstairs 2002

A crime thriller by John Malkovich based on a novel of the same title by Nicholas Shakespeare. The film  is a fictionalized account of the twelve-year manhunt for Abimael Guzman, the leader of Maoist terrorist group Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) active in  Peru in the 1980s and 90s.

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God 1972

Film directed by Werner Herzong and starring Klaus Kinski. Set in the sixteen century, it tells a story of ruthless Don Lope de Aguirre, who leads a Spanish expedition down the Amazon river in search of the legendary city of gold “El Dorado”.

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The Inca: Masters of the Clouds

Dr Jago Cooper travels through Peru and Ecuador to explore the origins and accomplishments of the great Inca empire.

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The Liberator 2013

A biographical drama film about  Venezuelan military and political leader Simon Bolívar, who played a leading role in South America’s wars of liberation from Spanish rule.

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Daughter of the Lake 2015

A compelling story of a young Andean woman Nelida and her fight to stop a mining company from evicting her and her family from their land in order to access the gold under the lake with which she shares a spiritual bond.

Touching the Void 2003

Excruciatingly tense documentary  film about Joe Simpson  and Simon Yates  disastrous climb of  the Siula Grande summit in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. It is based on Simpson’s 1988 book of the same name.

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