Where was the Netflix film Chupa filmed? Explained

By Louie Fecou
Published: April 8, 2023 (Last updated: March 27, 2024)

Where was the 2023 Netflix film Chupa filmed? We discuss the popular Netflix movie and its filming locations.

Netflix’s Chupa is a fantasy adventure that follows a young teen named Alex who discovers a Chupacabra hiding on his grandfather’s ranch that he is visiting for the first time. Alex makes friends with the mysterious creature but soon discovers that other parties are also interested in his new friend.

A sinister scientist named Richard Quinn is hunting for the misunderstood Chupacabra and wants to steal its supernatural powers. Young Alex, and his cousins, have to work together to save Chupa from the grip of the shady organization that wants to exploit the mythical and adorable dog-like creature.

With its feet firmly planted in the realm of Spielberg’s fantasy, the film is a modern-day fairy story, using the myth of the Chupacabra to showcase its themes.

With the main story unfolding in Mexico, where legends of the Chupacabra, or goat-sucker, are abound, we have a look at where the Netflix film Chupa was filmed.

Where was Chupa filmed – a breakdown of filming locations

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the capitol city of New Mexico, and there were lots of locations used all around the area. There are a few landmarks that you can see, including the historic Bandelier National Monument, the Valles Caldera, and Museum Hill. Santa Fe is a tourist attraction for many visitors and plenty of film crews.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is a highly populated city and has The Rio Grande flowing through its location. There are some landmarks in the background of some scenes for the film that you can spot, and the area was used to represent other Mexican locations.

Mesilla, Doña Ana County

Some small but essential scenes appear to have been filmed in the small town of Mesilla. Perfect for the use of the film, Mesilla has a population of around three thousand and has an interesting historical background.

Estancia, Torrance County

This is another small town that the production team would use as a filming location for the movie. Often the use of these small locations is financially beneficial for the production, as building film sets can be expensive. Once again, there are only around 1500 people in this tiny town which is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area.

If you would like to see some of the images taken during filming at these locations, you can check out cinematographer Nico Aguilar’s Instagram page.

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