The Amazing Race 7 Leg 1

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Leg 1
Starting Line Shoreline Aquatic Park
Long Beach
United States Flag of the United States.svg
Pit Stop Convento de La Merced
Peru Flag of Peru.svg
Winners Debbie & Bianca
Last Place Ryan & Chuck
Distance 4634.91 miles
Contains Detour.png

Leg One of The Amazing Race 7 saw teams race from the United States to Peru. It started at near RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, filmed between November 20-22, 2004 and first aired in the USA on March 1, 2005.


Shoreline Aquatic Park

File:RMS Queen Mary Long Beach January 2011 view.jpg
Queen Mary, docked next to the Starting Line

The race began with Phil welcoming the eleven teams, explaining the basic rules of the race, and shouting "Go!" In the park's parking lot, teams found the vehicles that they would use to transport them to Los Angeles' airport.

Los Angeles International Airport

  • Los Angeles
  • Distance: 17.2 miles

The first six teams to arrive here could sign up for the first flight to Lima. The last five teams would have to sign up for the last flight.

Jorge Chávez International Airport

  • Lima, Peru Flag of Peru.svg
  • Distance: 4167 miles

Plaza de Armas

  • Lima
  • Distance: 5.94 miles

From here, teams traveled by bus to the Ancón district, where they would have to hire a bicycle taxi to take them to their next destination.

Playa Hermosa

  • Ancón, Lima
  • Distance: 21.4 miles

Here, teams had to search through three piles of sand, each containing identified tickets for one of three flights to Cuzco the following morning. Once teams found one of the tickets buried in the sand, they would remove one of the markers to identify that the ticket had been claimed.

Jorge Chávez International Airport

  • Lima
  • Distance: 17.7 miles

The second flight to Cuzco was delayed indefinitely due to mechanical problems. To compensate, the teams on the second flight were permitted to purchase tickets for the third flight instead.

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

  • Cuzco
  • Distance: 364 miles

Virgen del Carmen Kiosk

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An Andean carrying a child in a similar manner to how teams had to carry their baskets of alfalfa
  • Huambuito
  • Distance: 15.4 miles

Here, teams received their next clue from the owner of this kiosk.


  • Huambuito
  • Distance: 0.38 miles

At this nearby gorge, teams had to ride two ziplines across and back across the gorge to reach the bottom. They would receive their clue after the first zipline, but could not read it until both team members were safely at the bottom of the second.
Detour.png Detour: Both Detours had teams traveling to a nearby remote village.

Rope a Llama: Teams would have to tie up a pair of llamas and lead the unruly creatures along a mountain path. Once they had safely delivered the llamas to their pen, teams would receive their next clue.
Meredith & Gretchen, Ryan & Chuck, Susan & Patrick, Uchenna & Joyce
Rope a Basket: Teams had to dress like the indigenous people of the region and had to each fill a basket with alfalfa. They had to carry these baskets on their backs using a traditional rope system and had to carry it to a store called Tienda Victoria Valdivia located 0.66 miles away. They would exchange their alfalfa baskets for their next clue.
Brian & Greg, Debbie & Bianca, Lynn & Alex, Megan & Heidi, Ray & Deana, Rob & Amber, Ron & Kelly

Police Station

  • Huambuito
  • Distance: 0.49 miles

Teams needed to board a large truck, used in Huambuito for mass transportation, to take them to their next destination. The trucks would show up following a set schedule.


  • Písac
  • Distance: 14.5 miles

Teams had to search Písac's marketplace for a clue box hidden somewhere within. For unknown reasons, this particular clue box was decorated with a solid red flag as opposed to the usual red and yellow flag.

Convento de La Merced

  • Cuzco
  • Distance: 10.9 miles

PitStop.png Pit Stop

Prize: $10,000 cash for each racer


Team SAP LAI Plane.png PDA BUS Bus.png PH JCI Plane.png VCK HG Detour.png PS PMP CLM PitStop.png Roadblocks
Debbie & Bianca 1st A Decrease2.png 2nd A Steady2.png 1st A Steady2.png 1st Steady2.png 1st Decrease2.png 3rd B B Steady2.png 3rd Increase2.png 1st Debbie 0, Bianca 0
Susan & Patrick 1st Decrease2.png 3rd Decrease2.png 2nd Decrease2.png 2nd Steady2.png 2nd Steady2.png 2nd A A Steady2.png 1st Decrease2.png 2nd Susan 0, Patrick 0
Rob & Amber 1st B Steady2.png 7th B Steady2.png 3rd Decrease2.png 3rd Steady2.png 3rd Increase2.png 1st B Decrease2.png 2nd Decrease2.png 3rd Rob 0, Amber 0
Brian & Greg 1st Decrease2.png 8th D Steady2.png 8th B Steady2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th B C Steady2.png 4th Steady2.png 4th Brian 0, Greg 0
Lynn & Alex 1st Decrease2.png 9th E Steady2.png 9th Decrease2.png 6th Increase2.png 5th Steady2.png 5th B Decrease2.png 5th Steady2.png 5th Lynn 0, Alex 0
Meredith & Gretchen 1st Decrease2.png 11th F Steady2.png 10th Decrease2.png 5th Decrease2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th A D Steady2.png 6th Steady2.png 6th Meredith 0, Gretchen 0
Ray & Deana 1st A Steady2.png 1st C Steady2.png 4th Decrease2.png 7th Steady2.png 7th Steady2.png 7th B E Steady2.png 7th Steady2.png 7th Ray 0, Deana 0
Uchenna & Joyce 1st B Decrease2.png 10th G Steady2.png 11th Decrease2.png 8th Steady2.png 8th Steady2.png 8th A Decrease2.png 8th Steady2.png 8th Uchenna 0, Joyce 0
Megan & Heidi 1st A Decrease2.png 6th C Decrease2.png 5th Decrease2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th Steady2.png 11th B F Decrease2.png 10th Increase2.png 9th Megan 0, Heidi 0
Ron & Kelly 1st Decrease2.png 4th Decrease2.png 7th Decrease2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th Steady2.png 10th B Decrease2.png 11th Increase2.png 10th Ron 0, Kelly 0
Ryan & Chuck 1st Decrease2.png 5th Decrease2.png 6th Decrease2.png 9th Steady2.png 9th Steady2.png 9th A Steady2.png 9th Decrease2.png 11th Ryan 0, Chuck 0
  • An A indicates that teams completed the Rope a Llama Detour, while a B indicates that teams completed the Rope a Basket Detour.
  • A bold team member in the Roadblock count indicates the team member who completed this leg's Roadblock.

The Amazing Race 7
Legs 123456789101112
Countries United StatesPeruChileArgentinaSouth AfricaBotswanaIndiaTurkeyUnited Kingdom (England) • JamaicaPuerto Rico
Teams Brian & GregDebbie & BiancaLynn & AlexMegan & HeidiMeredith & GretchenRay & DeanaRob & AmberRon & KellyRyan & ChuckSusan & PatrickUchenna & Joyce
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