Where was The Lost City of Z filmed? Guide to all the Filming Locations

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The Lost City of Z is an adaptation of the best-seller book by David Grann, describing the quest of the British explorer Percy Fawcett in 1925. He and his son went missing in the jungle while looking for an ancient civilization. Fawcett was lucky enough to have survived a first expedition, in which he believed he saw a forgotten city.

Nowadays, it turns out that modern archaeologists have found the remains of old urban settlements in the heart of the Amazon (named Kuhikugu), although this is another story.

The Lost City of Z filming locations

Our movie follows the fascinating true adventures of this blend of Indiana Jones and late Victorian Aguirre, played by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim).

The cast also includes Sienna Miller (Stardust, Burnt), Tom Holland (the new Spider-Man), and the former Twilight vampire Robert Pattinson. Director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers) is also the writer of the film.

The Lost City of Z was primarily filmed in Colombia and Northern Ireland. Here are some of the most relevant filming locations for a complex production that required five weeks of shooting in each country:

Where was The Lost City of Z filmed
The film was shot on location in Colombia, using the Caribbean seaside town of Santa Marta as a base camp.

Some scenes in the jungle were filmed on the Don Diego River in Tayrona National Park.

An aboriginal town was set in the small community of Rio Ancho, near the tropical rainforest of Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta.
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios and Hugo Pardo Kuklinski

Ciudad Perdida campement
It so happens that this mountain range hosts a real Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for "Lost City"), abandoned during the European conquest and rediscovered in 1972.

The trek to The Lost City of Teyuna is becoming a popular trail among backpackers, now that the area is safer than a few years ago.
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios

Northern Ireland war scenes
The next shooting locations are located in Northern Ireland. The First World War battlefield of the Somme was recreated at Antrim Hills, outside Belfast, also used in Game of Thrones.

The new 2022 movie starring Sandra Bullock The Lost City was filmed in the Dominican Republic.
Image by Oisin Patenall

Where is The Lost City of Z set
Pictured, the church of Ballintoy also in County Antrim, shot during the filming of the movie.

Some more scenes were recorded in Greyabbey Village, near the shores of Strangford Lough.
Image by Chris Brooks

Castle Ward
Also in County Down, The Lost City of Z was filmed in Castle Ward (pictured), Myra Castle, Downpatrick Railway Museum, and at Bangor Castle Leisure Centre.
Image by Damian Entwistle

Belfast docks sequence
The next locations are in Belfast. This scene was shot at the Titanic's Pump-House.

The historic cruiser of the Royal Navy HMS Caroline was also used for filming.
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios and Sergey Popov

The infirmary building
Not far from there, Harland and Wolff HQ and Drawing Offices near Titanic Belfast were transformed into a hospital.
Image by Brendan Rankin

Methodist College Belfast
The Methodist College Belfast served as the Royal Geographical Society headquarters.
Image by Tom Bastin

Belfast City Hall
The Press Conference was held at Belfast City Hall. The Artemis Fowl movie was also filmed in Northern Ireland; You can find all the locations in our report - Where was Artemis Fowl filmed?
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios and Google Maps

Botanical Garden Belfast
Some more featured filming locations are the Botanical Garden, the mansion Craigavon House located on Circular Road, and College Square North which was turned into a 1920s street.
Image by William Murphy

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