The Amazing Race (Latin America)

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The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race (Latin America season 5) title card.jpg
Title card from the Space broadcasts
Created by Elise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Directed by Marco Colantoni
Presented by Harris Whitbeck (2009-2011)
Paulo Zulu (2012)
Toya Montoya (2013-2014)
Jaime Arellano (2014)
Country of origin Latin America
Original language(s) Spanish and Portuguese
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 65
Executive producer(s) Leonardo Alanguibel, Fernando Barbosa, Ángel Zambrano, Mariano César, Gerardo Kerik, Jose V Scheuren, María Barrios
Producer(s) Melyna Deluchi, Mimi Bejarano, Gabriela Núñez
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Media Networks Latin America
Turner Latin America
RGB (2009)
Cinemat (2010-2013)
Original network Discovery Channel Latin America (2009-2010)
Space (2011-)
Picture format 576i (SDTV) (2009)
720i (HDTV) (2010–present)
Original release 20 September 2009 – Present
Related shows See The Amazing Race -> International Versions

The Amazing Race, formerly known as The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel (Portuguese: The Amazing Race no Discovery Channel), is a reality game show based on the American series of the same name, The Amazing Race.

On 15 October 2008, a Latin American version of the show was announced by Discovery Channel Latin America in association with Disney. 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. This season was also produced by Venezuelan television company Cinemat.

The show is the second Latin American version of the franchise. The first was A Corrida Milionária, the Brazilian version of the franchise. It was also the first version in the Spanish language.

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.

The original presenter for the show was Guatemalan journalist Harris Whitbeck who presented the first three seasons. For the fifth season, the show was presented by Colombian model María "Toya" Montoya, a former contestant on the third season. She was also the first female host of any version of The Amazing Race. The grand prize for the winning team is $250,000, $750,000 less than the original American version's $1,000,000 prize.

Applications for the fifth season were opened for Brazilians on October 13, 2012. On February 13, 2013 applications were also opened for the rest of Latin America until March 31, 2013.

The Race[edit]

The Amazing Race is a reality television competition between teams of two in a race around Latin America. The race is divided into a number of legs wherein teams travel and complete various tasks to obtain clues to help them progress to a Pit Stop where teams are given a chance to rest and recover before starting the next leg twelve hours later. The first team to arrive at a Pit Stop is often awarded a prize while the last team is normally eliminated from the race (except in non-elimination legs, where the last team to arrive may be penalised in the following leg). The final leg of each race is run by the last three remaining teams, and the first to arrive at the final destination wins the US$250,000 cash prize.


Each of the eleven teams are composed of two individuals who have some type of relationship to each other. A total of 66 participants have joined so far.

The participants are all required to be able to communicate in Spanish. As well as 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 Lesser Antilles (except for Aruba, Curaçao and Trinidad and Tobago). Additionally, teams from Jamaica and the Bahamas can participate.

Route Markers[edit]

TARRouteMarker.png TARRouteMarker Blue-Black.png Route Markers are yellow and red flags that mark the places where teams must go. Most Route Markers are attached to the boxes that contain clue envelopes, but some may mark the place where the teams must go in order to complete tasks, or may be used to line a course that the teams must follow. The route markers in the first two seasons were coloured blue and black, including the clue envelopes, and the Pit Stop mat is in Red, blue and black color.


Clues are found throughout the race in sealed envelopes, normally inside clue boxes. They give teams the information they need and tasks they need to do in order for them to progress through the race.

Clues are written in both Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Pista (Route Info): A general clue that may include a task to be completed by the team before they can receive their next clue.
  • Desvío/Desvio (Detour): A choice of two tasks. Teams are free to choose either task or swap tasks if they find one option too difficult.
  • Obstáculo (Roadblock): A task only one team member can complete. Teams must choose which member will complete the task based on a brief clue about the task before fully revealing the details of the task.
  • Avance (Fast Forward): A task that only one team may complete, allowing that team to skip all remaining tasks and head directly for the next Pit Stop. Teams may only claim one Fast Forward during the entire race.


During the race, teams may encounter obstacles that may affect their position:

  • Intersección/Intersecção (Intersection): Introduced in season 2; It indicates that two teams must compete against each other (season 2) or team up with each other (season 3)

When the Intersection was introduced in season 2, it had drastically different rules than the American version. As opposed to two teams working together, the Intersection had two teams compete against each other in a task as they compete for higher placement; however, in season 3, the Intersection would have two teams working together, as in the American version.

  • Alto (Yield): It is where a team can force another trailing team to wait a pre-determined amount of time before continuing the race.
  • Retorno (U-Turn): It is located after a Detour where a team can force another trailing team to return and complete the other option of the Detour they did not select.

Both Yield and U-Turn are seen in separate legs and because of that, a team can use each once during the Race. Teams may not Yield or U-Turn another team if both teams are within each other's lines of sight.


At the beginning of each leg, teams receive an allowance of cash, usually in U.S. dollars, to cover expenses during the race (except for the purchase of airline tickets, which are paid-for by credit cards provided by the race).

Teams then have to follow clues and Route Markers that will lead them to the various destinations and tasks they will face. Modes of travel between these destinations include commercial and chartered airplanes, boats, trains, taxis, buses, and rented vehicles provided by the show, or the teams may simply travel by foot. Each leg ends with a Pit Stop (Parada) where teams are able to rest and where teams that arrive last are progressively eliminated from the race until only three remain. In some legs, the first teams to arrive at the Pit Stop win prizes, usually from the show's sponsors.

In this version, 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.

Non-elimination legs[edit]

Each race has a number of predetermined non-elimination legs, in which the last team to arrive at the Pit Stop is not eliminated and is allowed to continue on the race. The non-eliminated team is required to do a Speed Bump sometime during the next leg.

  • Multa (Speed Bump): A task that only the team saved from elimination on the previous leg must complete before continuing on.

Double-length legs[edit]

On all seasons, the season finale has always been a double length leg, with the final 3 teams instructed to go to the Pit Stop. The first team to arrive In season 1 got a prize and their next clue to the final destination city and the last team did not get a penalty. (there was no prize for the first team on season 2 and 3).

No-break legs[edit]

Starting from season 3, no break legs were introduced as similar to the eighteenth season of the American version, with the first team to arrive winning a prize and their next clue, and the last team having to complete a Speed Bump on the following leg.

Rules and Penalties[edit]

Most of the rules and penalties are adopted directly from the American edition; but in some cases, the Latin American version has been seen to have a unique set of additional rules.


  • A key difference from other versions of The Amazing Race franchise is that, one team may not Yield or U-Turn another team if both teams are within each other's lines of sight.



The show first aired in 2009 with the first season premiere airing on 20 September 2009 and ending on 13 December 2009. The six seasons have aired yearly, with the first episode airing in mid/late September and the last one airing in mid/late December. Season 6 was the last to air, and there has been no news since of any further seasons.

# Broadcast Winners Teams Host Comments
Premiere Date Finale Date
1 20 September 2009 (2009-09-20) 13 December 2009 (2009-12-13) Argentina Matías Franchini & Tamara Reichelt 11 Harris Whitbeck First season of the show
2 26 September 2010 (2010-09-26) 19 December 2010 (2010-12-19) Mexico Mauricio &
Carlos Coarasa
Introduced the Intersection
3 25 September 2011 (2011-09-25) 18 December 2011 (2011-12-18) Chile Cristóbal &
Nicolás Brain
Introduced the Express Pass and Double U-Turn
4 7 October 2012 (2012-10-07) 23 December 2012 (2012-12-23) Brazil Daniel Belém &
César Curti
Paulo Zulu Edição Brasil (Brazilian Edition)
Features teams from Brazil
Introduced the Double Elimination and the Automatic U-Turn
5 16 September 2013 (2013-09-16) 9 December 2013 (2013-12-09) Argentina Ezequiel Sapochnik & Tobías de la Barra Toya Montoya [1] Introduced a second Express Pass that must be given to another team
6 5 October 2014 (2014-10-05) 28 December 2014 (2014-12-28) Ecuador Juan Carlos Estrada & Giovanni López Toya Montoya & Jaime Arellano Takes place in Ecuador. For the first time in the Amazing Race franchise, this season had two hosts.


Country Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6
 Argentina Winner / 11th 3rd 3rd / 11th Winner / 3rd ^ 2nd / 8th
 Brazil 4th / 5th 4th All^ 9th
 Chile 3rd 10th Winner 6th
 Colombia 7th / 8th 5th / 6th 2nd / 5th 6th / 7th 5th / 7th
 Costa Rica 6th 4th
 Dominican Republic 8th
 Ecuador 8th Winner / 4th
 Guatemala 8th^
 Mexico 6th / 10th Winner / 2nd ^ / 7th 4th / 9th 8th^ / 11th 3rd / 9th
 Panama 9th
 Peru 11th 7th
 Uruguay 2nd
 Venezuela 2nd 9th 10th 5th / 10th 10th / 11th
     indicates the winning country.
     indicates the runner-up country.
     indicates the third-place country.
     indicates the country did not participate.

^ Mexico is also the runner-up in this season.
^ All the teams in the fourth season are from Brazil.
^ Juanjo & Beto are the first binational team, representing both Guatemala and Mexico.
^ Argentina is also the 3rd place in this season.

Country Winner Runner-up Third-place Total
 Argentina 2 1 3 6
 Brazil 1 1 1 3^
 Mexico 1 1 1 3
 Chile 1 0 1 2
 Ecuador 1 0 0 1
 Colombia 0 1 0 1
 Uruguay 0 1 0 1
 Venezuela 0 1 0 1
 Costa Rica 0 0 0 0
 Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0
 Guatemala 0 0 0 0
 Panama 0 0 0 0
 Peru 0 0 0 0

Countries and locales visited[edit]

As of the fifth season, the Latin American version of The Amazing Race has visited 15 countries and has visited only the Americas (except Canada and the United States).

Countries that The Amazing Race has visited are shown in colour.
North America South America

Number of times visited[edit]

Rank Country Seasons Pit Stops[n 1] Finish Lines
1  Brazil 4 (1, 2, 3, 4) 12 2
2  Argentina 3 (1, 2, 3) 7
 Colombia 3 (1, 2, 5) 7
 Ecuador 3 (2, 3, 6) 15 2
 Mexico 3 (1, 2, 5) 7 2
 Peru 3 (1, 4, 5) 6
7  Bolivia 2 (2, 4) 3
 Chile 2 (1, 3) 4
 Dominican Republic 2 (1, 5) 3
 Panama 2 (1, 5) 3
11  Costa Rica 1 (1) 1
 Curaçao[n 2] 1 (5) 1
 Guatemala 1 (2) 1
 Uruguay 1 (3) 2
 Venezuela 1 (2) 1
  1. ^ Include finish lines.
  2. ^ Curaçao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Netherlands



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