The Amazing Race 2 Leg 1

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Leg 1
Starting Line Pahrump
United StatesFlag of the United States.svg
Pit Stop Tocorimé Yacht
Rio de Janeiro
BrazilFlag of Brazil.svg
Winners Tara & Wil
Last Place Diedre & Hillary
Distance 6288.52 miles
Contains Detour.png F-Forward.png



The race began with Phil welcoming the eleven teams, explaining the basic rules of the race, and shouting "Go!" Teams raced across the desert to a set of vehicles that were provided for them to make their way to the airport. They had to race along sand roads for a time before reaching actual roads.

McCarran International Airport

  • Las Vegas
  • Distance: 47.3 miles

The first seven teams to arrive would be on the first flight to Rio de Janeiro. The remaining four teams would be on the second flight.

Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport

File:Cristo redentor.jpg
Christ the Redeemer
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg
  • Distance: 6199 miles

Christ the Redeemer

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Distance: 9.85 miles

Teams had to climb on foot from a point on the mountain to the very top, where the enormous statue of Christ stood. This is where teams found a small clue box with their next clue.

Fat Maria

Paquetá Island
  • Paquetá Island
  • Distance: 14.8 miles

Teams had to travel by ferry from the mainland of Rio de Janeiro to Paquetá Island. They were not told that there was a fast ferry operating between the two locations that arrived much faster than the regular-service ferry. Once here, they had to find a large tree known locally as "Fat Maria" and follow the local custom of giving it a kiss. After kissing the tree, a local band of street performers would give them the next clue.
F-Forward.png Fast Forward: The Fast Forward of this leg was located somewhere on Paquetá Island. Its details are unknown as this task was not aired.


Ilha Tours, Lido Hotel

  • Paquetá Island
  • Distance: 0.29 miles

Teams had to find this business and sign up for one of four charter boats that would take them back to the mainland the following morning. They were not informed that Ilha Tours was actually located outside of the hotel. Three teams were on boats #1, #3 and #4, while two teams were on boat #2.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Distance: 13.3 miles

Detour.png Detour

Mountain: Teams would have to rappel 590 feet down a steep slope of Sugarloaf Mountain. Once both team members had safely reached the bottom, they would find a clue box with their next clue.
Blake & Paige, Chris & Alex, Cyndi & Russell, Diedre & Hillary, Gary & Dave, Hope & Norm, Mary & Peach, Oswald & Danny, Shola & Doyin, Tara & Wil
Beach: See below
Peggy & Claire

Ipanema Beach

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Distance: +3.84 miles

For the Beach task of the Detour, teams were told to travel to Ipanema Beach and find the girl that had inspired the song "The Girl from Ipanema" using only a photo of her. Once they found Heloísa Pinheiro near one of the lifeguard towers, she would give them their next clue.

Tocorimé Yacht

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Distance from Sugarloaf Mountain: 0.51 miles
  • Distance from Ipanema Beach: 3.68 miles

PitStop2-3.png Pit Stop: Teams were told to find the yacht that was flying a race flag from its mast, which was located in Guanabara Bay near Urca Beach. They had to use their own means (ie, spending their own money to hire a local's boat) to make their way to the yacht and check in.

Prize: A vacation to Hawaii provided by American Airlines Vacations


Team PAH MIA Plane.png CTR FER Ferry.png FM BT Ferry.png SLM Detour.png TY PitStop.png Roadblocks
Tara & Wil 1st A Decrease2.png 4th B Steady2.png 2nd B Steady2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th A Increase2.png 1st Tara 0, Wil 0
Cyndi & Russell 1st Decrease2.png 2nd A Steady2.png 1st A Decrease2.png 3rd Steady2.png 3rd A Increase2.png 2nd Cyndi 0, Russell 0
Shola & Doyin 1st Decrease2.png 7th B Decrease2.png 5th Steady2.png 1st Decrease2.png 2nd A Decrease2.png 3rd Shola 0, Doyin 0
Blake & Paige 1st Decrease2.png 3rd Decrease2.png 6th Decrease2.png 2nd Increase2.png 1st A Decrease2.png 4th Blake 0, Paige 0
Hope & Norm 1st Decrease2.png 5th Decrease2.png 4th B Decrease2.png 6th Increase2.png 5th A Increase2.png 4th Hope 0, Norm 0
Chris & Alex 1st Decrease2.png 6th Decrease2.png 3rd C Decrease2.png 7th Steady2.png 7th A Increase2.png 6th Chris 0, Alex 0
Mary & Peach 1st Steady2.png 1st Decrease2.png 7th Increase2.png 5th Decrease2.png 6th A Decrease2.png 7th Mary 0, Peach 0
Oswald & Danny 1st B Steady2.png 8th C Decrease2.png 10th Decrease2.png 8th Steady2.png 8th A Steady2.png 8th Oswald 0, Danny 0
Gary & Dave 1st Decrease2.png 9th Decrease2.png 9th D Steady2.png 9th Steady2.png 9th A Steady2.png 9th Gary 0, Dave 0
Peggy & Claire 1st Decrease2.png 11th D Steady2.png 11th Decrease2.png 11th Increase2.png 10th B Steady2.png 10th Peggy 0, Claire 0
Diedre & Hillary 1st Decrease2.png 10th C Steady2.png 8th Decrease2.png 10th Decrease2.png 11th A Steady2.png 11th Diedre 0, Hillary 0
  • An A indicates that teams completed the Mountain Detour, while a B indicates that teams completed the Beach Detour.
  • A bold team member in the Roadblock count indicates the team member who completed this leg's Roadblock.

The Amazing Race 2
Legs 12345678910111213
Countries United StatesBrazilSouth AfricaNamibiaThailandHong KongAustraliaNew Zealand
Teams Blake & PaigeChris & AlexCyndi & RussellDeidre & HillaryGary & DaveHope & NormMary & PeachOswald & DannyPeggy & ClaireShola & DoyinTara & Wil
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