The Amazing Race (Latin America)

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The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Seasons 6
Host Harris Whitbeck (2009-2011)
Paulo Zulu (2012)
Toya Montoya (2013-Present)
Jaime Arellano (2014-Present)
Network Discovery Channel (2009-2010)
Space (2011-Present)
Grand Prize US$250,000 (Seasons 1-5)
US$100,000 (Season 6)
Countries Visited 14
Seasons
1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6

The Amazing Race, previously known as The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel (Portuguese: The Amazing Race no Discovery Channel), is a Latin American production of The Amazing Race. It features 11 teams of two Latin Americans in a race around Latin America.

The first season was produced by Argentinian television production company RGB, while the second season was produced by Venezuelan television company Cinemat. On 25 January 2011, it was announced that Space in association with Disney was going to produce the third season of the Latin American version of the race, thus retitling the show to The Amazing Race, dropping the en Discovery Channel.

For the fourth season, a special Portuguese-language edition of the show, Edição Brasil, was made. It was hosted by Brazilian model and actor Paulo Zulu. It featured teams from Brazil in a race mostly concentrated across Brazil.

For the sixth season, a special edition of the show was made that took place only in Ecuador. It was titled The Amazing Race Ecuador and added a second host, Jaime Arellano.

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Production

The participants are all required to be able to communicate in Spanish or Portuguese (for Brazilian citizens). The contestants chosen to appear are from various Latin American countries and not limited to one country of origin. Participating countries include all citizens in Latin America except Cuba, French Guiana, Puerto Rico and the Lesser Antilles (except for Aruba, Curaçao and Trinidad and Tobago). Additionally, teams from Jamaica and the Bahamas can participate.

The route markers in the first two seasons were coloured blue and black, including the clue envelopes and the Pit Stop. Starting in third season, the yellow and red colours from the original version have been adopted.

For any leg of the race in which both Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking contestants are racing, all clues are written in both languages. If, for example, all Brazilian teams are eliminated, all clues in the following legs are only printed in Spanish.

Names of tasks

  • Route Info: Pista
  • Detour: Desvío (Spanish) or Desvio (Portuguese)
  • Roadblock: Obstáculo
  • Fast Forward: Avance (Spanish) or Passe Livre (Portuguese)
  • Yield: Alto (Spanish) or Passe de Espera (Portuguese)
  • U-Turn: Retorno
  • Intersection: Intersección
  • Speed Bump: Multa
  • Express Pass: Pase Directo (Spanish) or Passe Direto (Portuguese)
  • Pit Stop: Parada (Spanish) or Pit Stop (Portuguese)

Features differing from the original version

  • Season 2's Intersection was a battle between two teams. The winner continues with the race while the loser must wait for another opponent to show up. The last team left behind will receive a 30-minute penalty before receiving their clue. This format was eventually adapted as the Face Off.
  • The Yield and U-Turn appear together in the same season (The Yield replaced the U-Turn in the original version)
  • The season finale was a double length leg for the first five seasons.
  • Airports are treated like Pit Stops. Teams arrive at the airport and, in lieu of finding a flight, write down the time that they arrived at the airport. They will then be released from the destination's airport with the same time gaps.

Rules differing from the original version

  • One team may not Yield or U-Turn another team if both teams are within each other's lines of sight.
  • Teams receive a 1-hour penalty if they complete the opposite Detour than the one they declare themselves performing.
  • If a team member loses their passport, they are not eliminated from the race. If production recovers it, they receive it at the Pit Stop along with a 15-minute penalty. If it cannot be recovered, they are free to get a new one from the airport, though no time credit will be given for the delay.
  • Speeding penalties increase in length depending on how high above the speed limit teams drive.
  • Teams that refuse to complete the second Detour after being U-Turned receive a 2-hour penalty.
  • Teams that skip clue boxes are not turned away from the Pit Stop and instead receive a 30-minute penalty.
  • In general, penalties tend to vary from task to task and season to season, and seem to be at the discretion of production.

Countries Visited

Countries Seasons Pit Stops Overall Visits
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 4 (1, 2, 3, 4) 13 15
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 3 (1, 2, 3) 7 13
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia 3 (1, 2, 5) 7 4
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador 3 (2, 3, 6) 16 4
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 3 (1, 2, 5) 5 6
Flag of Peru.svg Peru 3 (1, 4, 5) 6 5
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia 2 (2, 4) 3 4
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 2 (1, 3) 4 9
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic 2 (1, 5) 3 2
Flag of Panama.svg Panama 2 (1, 5) 3 6
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 1 (1) 1 3
Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala 1 (2) 1 1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands1 1 (5) 1 10
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 1 (3) 2 2
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela 1 (2) 1 1
  1. Only includes a visit to the country of Curaçao Flag of Curaçao.svg (5)

Seasons

The show first aired in 2009 with the first season premiere airing in 20 September 2009 and ending in 13 December 2009. The first three seasons have aired yearly, with the first episode airing in late September and the last one airing in mid/late December.

Season Broadcast Winners Host Comments
Premiere Date Finale Date
1 20 September 2009 13 December 2009 Flag of Argentina.svg Matías Franchini &
Tamara Reichelt
Harris Whitbeck
2 26 September 2010 19 December 2010 Flag of Mexico.svg Mauricio &
Carlos Coarasa
Introduced the Intersection
3 25 September 2011 18 December 2011 Flag of Chile.svg Nicolás &
Cristóbal Brain
Introduced the Express Pass, Double U-Turn and No-Rest leg, revised the Intersection
4 7 October 2012 23 December 2012 Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel Belém &
César Curti
Paulo Zulu Edição Brasil (Brazilian Edition)
Features teams from Brazil
5 16 September 2013 9 December 2013 Flag of Argentina.svg Ezequiel Sapochnik
& Tobías de la Barra
Toya Montoya Introduced a second Express Pass that must be given to another team
6 5 October 2014 29 December 2014 Flag of Ecuador.svg Giovanni López &
Juan Carlos Estrada
Toya Montoya & Jaime Arellano Ecuador edition
Introduced the Blind U-Turn
The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 1
Legs 123456789101112
Countries BrazilArgentinaChilePeruColombiaPanamaDominican RepublicCosta RicaMexico
Teams Casilda & CasildaDaniel & CarlosDaniel & DavidDiego & MiguelFerna & FranGuillermo & GabrielMario & MelissaMatías & TamaraNora & ArielRicardo & AdrianaRodrigo & Anna
The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel 2
Legs 123456789101112
Countries GuatemalaMexicoColombiaVenezuelaBrazilArgentinaBoliviaEcuador
Teams Aleandra & MarleneEdison & EdisonEsteban & MarisolGuilherme & ViníciusJelkin & JavierMarietta & JoséMauricio & CarlosMauricio & MarianaRoger & OmarSusy & StefanyToño & Lili
The Amazing Race 3 (Latin America)
Legs 123456789101112
Countries ArgentinaUruguayChileEcuadorBrazil
Teams Ale & EzeDemi & MaxiFelipe & AlejandroJosé & MarisolJuan del Mar & ToyaMónica & RosyNico & AndreNicolás & CristóbalPablo & RosarioRick & KathyVero & Gaba
The Amazing Race 4 (Latin America)
Legs 123456789101112
Countries BrazilPeruBolivia
Teams Ana Paula & RenataBilly & GeanCi & LuCiça & ZezãoDaniel & CésarEdu & RickFer & FerdsFernanda & CainãFuzetti & NandoGabriela & HarãRenan & Fran
The Amazing Race 5 (Latin America)
Legs 123456789101112
Countries ColombiaPeruCuraçaoDominican RepublicPanamaMexico
Teams Ari & RaAstrid & AlejaDarío & EstherDébora & RenataFilippo & EddyEvelyn & JorgeEzequiel & TobíasJessica & MichelleJuanjo & BetoKarina & BraianManfred & Pierre
The Amazing Race 6 (Latin America)
Legs 12345678910111213
Countries Ecuador
Teams Ana & VantroyAudi & DavidCarlos & OrlandoChristian & DinaClara & DelfinaGiovanni & Juan CarlosJavier & NicolasJuan & CeciliaMartín & JennySonia & GabrielStefanía & Felipe
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