'The Challenge: USA' Season 2: Where Is the Reality Competition Show Filmed?

As we watch ‘The Challenge: USA’ Season 2, we can’t help but wonder where it was filmed. It features reality TV contestants from our favorite shows.

Jamie Lerner - Author

Aug. 15 2023, Updated 4:18 p.m. ET

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The CBS reality television family is an expansive one, so it’s only fitting that they have their own version of The Challenge, now titled The Challenge: USA. Season 2 of the competition series premiered on Aug. 10, 2023, and already has millions of viewers ready to see what happens in the rest of the season. However, many of these viewers are wondering where exactly The Challenge: USA was filmed.

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Because the new spin-off series, based on MTV’s The Challenge, is a USA version, it only makes sense to think that it was filmed in the United States. However, fans may be surprised by the truth about where The Challenge: USA was filmed.

'The Challenge: USA': Reality stars competing in Episode 1.
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‘The Challenge: USA’ Season 2 was filmed in Croatia.

Although this version of The Challenge is specifically with USA contestants from Big Brother, Survivor, and The Amazing Race it’s still filmed out of the country. Why is this?

Well, it’s likely because filming costs are much lower outside of the USA, and production likely has a lot more freedom of movement somewhere like in Croatia. Similarly, Season 1 of the spin-off reality series was filmed in Buenos Aires. At least some segments of The Challenge: USA were filmed in one of Buenos Aires’s soccer arenas for some of the challenge setups.

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Filming for Season 2 reportedly began in April 2023 and was completed in May 2023 taking advantage of the Balkans' beautiful spring season weather.

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Other versions of ‘The Challenge’ were filmed elsewhere.

Even though The Challenge: USA isn’t filmed in the USA, we have no idea where future iterations of The Challenge will be filmed. What we do know is that the country each season is associated with has nothing to do with the location, but with the contestants.

After The Challenge: USA, CBS produced international versions for Australia, Argentina, and the UK. Each of these versions featured contestants from those countries’ reality shows.

This ultimately culminated in The Challenge: World Championship, in which the best contestants from each season ca,e together to compete for the biggest prize, and the grandest title. In the end, teammates Jordan Wiseley and Kaz Crossley crossed the finish line in first place.

With The Challenge: World Championship still on some players' minds, it'll be interesting to see if any of the contestants redeem themselves in Season 2.

The Challenge: USA airs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

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