Mars on the big screen
The red planet has appeared in many films including ‘The Martian’ (2015), filmed in the desert of Wadi Rum, in Jordan, ‘Red Planet’ (2000), starring Val Kilmer, ‘Total Recall’ (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and ‘Mission to Mars’ (2000) directed by Brian de Palma.
For those more intersted in staying on Earth, we have found appropriate alternatives. The Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the terrestrial landscapes most reminiscent of the extreme conditions of Mars. This is the driest desert on Earth. The Chilean Coastal Mountain Range, at a height of 2,500 metres, is what prevents this area from high humidity levels, resulting in extreme temperatures. During the day they can reach up to 40°C and at night drop to 0°C.
Staying in the Southern Cone, Argentina is also home to several areas worthy of appearing in a science fiction blockbuster, such as Talampaya National Park, in the northwest of the country (La Rioja region). It has an area of 215,000 hectares, which are practically barren and are a succession of red plains, canyons and ravines.