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The Amazing Race
en Discovery Channel
The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel logo
Season run 20 September 2009
– 13 December 2009
Filming dates 27 May 2009
– 18 June 2009
No. of episodes 13
Winning team Matias Franchini &
Tamara Reichelt
Continents visited 2
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 20[1]
Distance traveled 14,600 kilometres (9,100 mi)
No. of legs 12
Season Chronology
Chronology ► season 2

The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel (English: The Amazing Race on Discovery Channel; Portuguese: The Amazing Race no Discovery Channel) is a Latin American reality television game show based on the American series, The Amazing Race. The first season of the show featured eleven teams of two with a pre-existing relationship, in a race across Latin America to win US$250,000. The race was produced by RGB Entertainment.[2] The host of the show is Harris Whitbeck.[3]

The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel premiered on Sunday 20 September 2009 at 10:00 p.m.(UTC-5).[4] The season finale was aired on 13 December 2009 at 10:00 p.m. (UTC-5).

Argentine married couple Matías Franchini & Tamara Reichelt were the winners of the race.

Production[edit]

Development and Filming[edit]

The race's Starting Line was at the Mirante Garganta do Diabo in the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu, Brazil.

Discovery Channel greenlit the first installment on November 2008.

Filming lasted for 23 days and covered nearly 14,600 km (9,100 mi). The first season spanned nine countries in two continents. This season marked a first time visit by any race franchise outside of the American edition to visit North America. Among them, 7 have been visited by the original American version, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru. Colombia and the Dominican Republic have never been visited in the American version.

The route markers in this season were colored blue and black, including the clue envelopes and the Pit Stop. Also different from other editions is the fact that the opening shows the teams' country of origin.

There were only two teams present at the Finish Line in Mexico; specifically the Mexican teams (Casilda & Casilda and Guillermo & Gabriel).

Cast[edit]

Applications were accepted from 17 November 2008 to 31 January 2009.

This season counted with eleven teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela. The cast includes the first team in the history of the franchise composed of a Godfather and a Godson; a homosexual Dating Couple; and also a team of Non-identical twins.

Results[edit]

The following teams participated in the Race, with their relationships at the time of filming. Placements are listed in finishing order:

Team Relationship Position (by leg) Roadblocks
performed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 <8> 9 105 11 126
Argentina Matías & Tamara Married 1st 1st 2ndƒ 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 1st Matías 6, Tamara 5
Venezuela Daniel & David Godfather/Godson 2nd 10th 3rd 1st 3rd 6th 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd> 2nd 1st 2nd Daniel 6, David 6
Chile Ferna & Fran Friends 10th 3rd 8th 5th 5th 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st< 1st 2nd 3rd Ferna 6, Fran 6
Brazil Daniel & Carlos Friends 5th 2nd 7th 4th 4th 2nd 5th 5th 1st 2nd 4th Daniel 5, Carlos 5
Brazil Rodrigo & Anna Dating Biologists 6th 8th 4th 6th 1st 4th 3rd 4th 5th Rodrigo 4, Anna 4
Mexico Casilda & Casilda Mother/Daughter 3rd 6th 1st 3rd 6th 7th3 6th 6th4 Casilda 3, Casilda 44
Colombia Diego & Miguel Boyfriends 7th 5th 5th 8th 7th2 5th 7th Diego 2, Miguel 4
Colombia Mario & Melissa Dating 8th 4th 9th 7th 8th2 Mario 3, Melissa 1
Panama Ricardo & Adriana Father/Daughter 4th 9th 6th 9th Ricardo 1, Adriana 2
Mexico Guillermo & Gabriel Twins 9th 7th 10th Guillermo 1, Gabriel 1
Argentina Nora & Ariel Siblings 11th 11th1 Nora 0, Ariel 1
  • A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
  • A green ƒ and team placement indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue.
  • An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team came in last on a non-elimination leg and had to perform a Speed Bump in the next leg of the race.
  • A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it; <> around a leg number indicates that the Yield for that leg was available but not used.
  • A brown ⊃ indicates that the team chose to use a U-Turn; indicates the team who received it.
  • Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a two-episode leg.
  1. ^ Ariel & Nora initially arrived 3rd, but they received a 4-hour penalty for refusing to complete the Speed Bump, dropping their placement to 11th (last place), which resulted them eliminated.
  2. ^a b Diego & Miguel and Mario & Melissa received 1-hour penalty each team for not completing an additional task. Since neither placements were affected, Diego & Miguel were able to check in as 7th and the start of the penalty time would instead be accessed in the next leg, and Mario & Mellisa were eliminated without issuing the penalty.
  3. ^ Casilda & Casilda arrived 2nd, but received 1-hour penalty for doing the option not chosen by them on the Detour. All the other teams checked in during the penalty hour, dropping their placement to last; however they were notified as a non-elimination leg, thus the remaining penalty time would be accessed at the start of the next leg.
  4. ^ Casilda & Casilda didn't complete the Roadblock. Already in last place, they were eliminated immediately without correcting the roadblock or accessed the 4-hour penalty.
  5. ^ On Leg 10, Daniel & David and Daniel & Carlos arrived at the same time at the pit stop, both tied in 2nd place.
  6. ^ Leg 12 was a double-length leg with two Detours and two Roadblocks and was shown over two episodes. In the first half, Daniel & David arrived first at the midpoint (and even not being a real pit stop (or finish line)) and they won prizes.

Prizes[edit]

The prize for each leg is awarded to the first place team for that leg.

  • Leg 1 – $200 Credit Card issued by Visa for each team member.
  • Leg 2 – $200 Credit Card issued by Visa for each team member.
  • Leg 3 – $300 Credit Card issued by Visa for each team member.
  • Leg 4 – $300 Credit Card issued by Visa and a Nintendo DSi for each team member.
  • Leg 5 – $300 Credit Card issued by Visa and a Wii for each team member.
  • Leg 6 – $400 Credit Card issued by Visa and a Palm Treo Pro for each team member.
  • Leg 7 – $400 Credit Card issued by Visa and a Wii for each team member.
  • Leg 8 – $500 Credit Card issued by Visa and a Palm Treo Pro for each team member.
  • Leg 9 – $600 Credit Card issued by Visa and a Nintendo DSi for each team member.
  • Leg 10 – $800 Credit Card issued by Visa and a Palm Treo Pro for each team member.
  • Leg 11 – $1000 Credit Card issued by Visa and a Palm Treo Pro for each team member and a stay of 7 nights at The Fairmont Mayakoba Hotel & Spa located at the Riviera Maya, Mexico with a spa treatment.
  • Leg 12.1 – 2 tickets courtesy of Mexicana Airlines, 7 nights in the State of Yucatán (2 Nights at Hotel Mayaland Resort, Chichen Itza + 3 nights at the Hacienda Xcanatún, Mérida + 2 nights at Hotel Lodge Uxmal, Uxmal).
  • Leg 12.2 – $250,000

Race summary[edit]

Final route map
Destinations Legenda lotnisko.svg Air travel   Legenda kolej.svg Rail travel   Legenda prom.svg Water travel   Bus-logo.svg Bus travel
Route Markers Detour icon.svg Desvío (Detour)   Roadblock icon.svg Obstáculo (Roadblock)   Fast Forward icon.svg Avance (Fast Forward)   Yield icon.svg Alto (Yield)
U-Turn icon.svg Retorno (U-Turn)   Speed Bump icon.svg Multa (Speed Bump)   TAR-pitstop-icon.png Parada (Pit Stop)

Leg 1 (Brazil)[edit]

Airdate: September 20, 2009

In Porto Alegre, Brazil, teams did the Flores (Flowers) detour in Lago Negro (Black Lake).

The Detour in this leg was Flores (Flowers) and Árbol (Tree). In Flores, teams made their way to Lago Negro. Once there, teams had to take a swan boat out and paddle to the other shore to pick up a basket of flowers from a villager. Then they had to go back to the dock and give the basket to a female villager to receive their next clue. In Árbol, teams made their way to the Aldeia Do Papai Noel. Once in the village, teams searched in the "Arvore dos desejos" for a "Mimo" with their names written on it, which they had to give to a Goblin in order to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In Garganta do Diabo Falls, teams were instructed to find their bikes in Espaço Naipi and then ride to Mirante 2. There, they had to walk to the Canion Iguaçu entrance. In the entrance was the cluebox with their next clue.
  • In Canion Iguaçu, teams had to rappel down to the Iguaçu River shore. At the shore, teams needed to raft 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) down the river to Puerto Macuco dock. The cluebox with their next clue was waiting at the dock.
  • In Mini Mundo, teams had to find five characters that were hidden in some models of the park. They needed to match the characters with the places where they were hiding. After they were approved, teams received their next clue.

Leg 2 (Brazil → Argentina)[edit]

Airdate: September 27, 2009

Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales was the location of both the clue, and where Ariel & Nora started the Speed Bump Task.

In the Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to search a bag with a goalkeeper's clothing inside; once wearing the clothing, the person had to defend a penalty kick. If they didn't defend a penalty kick in 5 minutes, they had to let another team try to complete the task. In the Speed Bump, Ariel & Nora had to take a van and deliver 5 packs of papers to some newsstands. The Detour was a choice between Caballos (Horses) and Caballerizas (Stables). In Caballos, teams had to ride by horse in the Arena and pick up two flags. Once they gave the flags to the handler, they received their next clue. In Caballerizas, teams had to clean a stable completely and take the mess in a wheelbarrow to the fertilizer's reservoir. When completed, the handler gave them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences, the teams had to assemble a tyrannosaurus rex in scale, then take it to the paleontologist who would review it. If it was properly built, the paleontologist would give them the next clue.
  • After leaving the Jockey Club, teams had to rent a "remise" to go to the Buenos Aires Zoo, where they would find a human statue. After giving it some money, they received the next clue.

Leg 3 (Argentina)[edit]

Airdate: October 4, 2009

The viewpoint to Aconcagua Hill was the 3rd Pit Stop for this leg of the race.

In the Fast Forward, teams had to put in order 1,000 toy soldiers and make 25 rows with 40 soldiers in each; once completed, that team would win the Fast Forward. In the Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to search in a vineyard for a box with wine bottles inside. They had to take 18 bottles, label them, and put in their boxes; when finished, they would receive their next clue. The Detour was a choice between Aire (Air) and Piedra (Stone). In Aire teams had to do a zipline. In Piedra teams received a stone with a copy of a rock drawing, then had to search for that drawing on the hill and show it to the Shaman to receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In Feria de Puente del Inca, teams had to write two letters with 50 words to their families; once finished the postman gave their next clue.

Leg 4 (Argentina → Chile)[edit]

Airdate: October 11, 2009

Teams competed majority of this leg in the city of Valparaiso.

In the Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to jump from a platform into the Pacific Ocean. Then, he or she had to swim 30 meters below the platform; once finished, the instructor would give them the next clue. The Detour was a choice between Mariscos (Seafood) and Carnada (Bait). In Mariscos, teams had to eat an entire plate of Mariscal Frio. oOnce finished, they would receive the next clue. In Carnada, teams had to place bait onto 100 fish hooks. Once finished, they would receive their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In Baquedano Metro Station, teams had to find the Bibliometro Bookstore; then they had to ask for a copy of the book "Historia de la vida privada en Chile, Volume 2" to receive their next clue.
  • Once in Valparaiso, teams had to find the site from the book cover, Paseo Atkinson. Once in that place, they needed to find a girl identical to the one on the book cover in order to receive their next clue.
  • In Muelle Prat, teams had to travel by boat to the Muelle Barón to receive their next clue.
  • In Caleta Portales, teams had to find an impersonator of Diego Maradona to receive their next clue.

Leg 5 (Chile → Peru)[edit]

Airdate: October 18, 2009

Teams performed the Leg's Detour in the Chinatown of Lima.

In the Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to make a big bubble, drive a robot and transport two stones, then in a Gyroscope they had to read out loud a famous phrase; once finished the instructor gave them their next clue. The Detour in this leg was Dulce (Sweet) and Salado (Salted). In Dulce, teams had to buy a packet of good luck cookies and look for a cookie with a message inside. Then they had to find that message in the sidewalk quarries. When they found it, they had to show it to the Chinese master to receive their next clue. In Salado, teams had to go to a Chinese-Peruvian restaurant called 'Chifa' and cut two ducks, hack 6 pounds of onion and ten heads of garlic, following an exotic recipe. Once finished, the cook gave the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In Makaja Beach, teams had to go on a board to a float in the sea to receive their next clue.

Leg 6 (Peru)[edit]

Airdate: October 25, 2009

Machu Picchu was the 6th Pit Stop of the race.

In this Leg's Roadblock, one team member had to jump off the highest Bungee Jump in South America. The Detour in this leg was Hojas (Leaves) and Granos (Grains). In Hojas, teams had to search for three coca leaves among many different leaves. Once found, they had to give them to the Master Healer to receive the next clue. In Granos, teams had to transport 100 maize cobs to a large course. Once completed, the Cacique gave the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • Upon arrival at Hotel Europa, teams signed up for one of three departure times, all of which were the following morning.
  • In Plazoleta de San Blas, teams had to find Ñusta Maria to receive the next clue.
  • In Puente Pisac, teams had to take local transportation, then go to the marketplace of Písac, where they had to search for a particular stall for the next clue.
  • In Puesto de Lanas, ater the overnight rest, teams had to look for a Huayruro with the word 'Peru', inside balls of wool and search for the Quispe's house; once given the seed, the Quispe would give the next clue.

Leg 7 (Peru → Colombia)[edit]

Airdate: November 1, 2009

Teams performed the "Visual" option of the Leg's Detour in the Virgilio Barco Public Library.

In this Roadblock, one team member had to rappel down a waterfall to receive the next clue. The Detour in this leg was Visual or Táctil (Tactile). In Visual, teams had 15 seconds to observe a Fernando Botero painting in Virgilio Barco Public Library, then fill in another painting with some colors missing. When judged correct, they received the next clue. In Táctil, teams had to receive a chocolate massage. When finished with the massage, they received the next clue. In the Speed Bump, Casilda & Casilda had to perform a Colombian Tejo to receive the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In Coloma Farm, teams had to fill, sew, then weigh 4 coffee bags with 44 pounds (20 kg) in each one to receive the next clue.
  • Teams had to search a ETB Phone Booth near Santamaría Bullring, then call a number to listen to the next clue.

Leg 8 (Colombia)[edit]

Airdate: November 8, 2009

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas was the eight Pit Stop of the Race.

The Detour in this leg was Hacia Adelante (Onward) and Hacia Arriba (Upward). In Hacia Adelante, teams had to go to Baluarte Santo Domingo and pick 12 baskets, then take them to Baluarte San Pedro Mártir and give them to a man who would give them the next clue. In Hacia Arriba, teams had to climb up a ship's mast, take two flags, and give them to the captain in order to receive the next clue. In the Leg's Roadblock, a team member had to eat a bottle of local candies to received the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In Portal Interactivo ETB, teams had to check in on the website AeroRepública, then go to the airport to receive the next clue from a flight attendant.
  • In Hotel Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara, teams had to unscramble a phrase from the novel Love in the Time of Cholera, written by Gabriel García Márquez. They had to look for the phrase in a copy of the novel. When they thought it was right, they had to say the phrase to the typist, then give the paper with the phrase on it to a judge to analyze; if the phrase was right they would receive their next clue.
  • In Parque de Las Flores, teams had to search for the salesman with their next clue.

Leg 9 (Colombia → Panama)[edit]

Airdate: November 15, 2009

Herrera Square was where the teams started the Leg's Detour.

The Detour for this leg was Pasacables (Cableman) and Timonel (Helmsman). In Pasacables, teams had to go to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, then pass a cable above a metal rod high above them. After passing three cables above the rod (with 6 shots per turn), a cableman would give them the next clue. In Timonel, teams had to go to Sidmar (Marine Training School) and sail a boat in a simulator of the Panama Canal without crashing into any other boat. If they sailed safely for 15 minutes, the captain would give them their next clue. In the Leg's Roadblock, at the Cargo Terminal of the Pacific, a team member had to look among 60 freight wagons for the only lamp which could be turned on; once it was found, they received the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • In Figali Convention Center, teams received a picture and had to look for that picture painted on a Diablos Rojos to receive the next clue; then they had to travel by Diablos Rojos to the next destination.
  • In the Gamboa Rainforest Resort Marina, teams had to find the next clue among the boats. Then they had to take a boat to San Antonio Island.
  • On San Antonio Island, each team member had to put a traditional Embera tattoo on the other. When finished, they had to row in a native canoe until they reached a trail that took them to the Pit Stop.

Leg 10 (Panama → Dominican Republic)[edit]

Airdate: November 22, 2009

Teams visited the Primada de América cathedral in his leg of the race.

In the Leg's Roadblock, a team member had to hit a professional pitcher's throw to receive the next clue. The Detour was a choice between Ofrenda (Offering) and Astucia (Cunning). In Ofrenda, teams had to search for a small statuette inside a cave and take it to a big statuette in another place in the cave. Once they put them together properly, they would receive the next clue. In Astucia, teams had to form a square from pieces of a tangram. When finished, they would receive the next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At the Caoba Cigar Factory, teams had to roll 10 cigars with instructions from a professional; when they completed the task, they received the next clue.

Leg 11 (Dominican Republic → Costa Rica)[edit]

Airdate: November 29, 2009

Manuel Antonio National Park was visited on this leg.

In the Leg's Roadblock, a team member had to choose a site, dig to get a chest with keys inside, then search for another chest and try to open it with one of the keys they found. The clue was inside one of the chests, but there were many empty chests buried. The Detour was Palas (Shovels) and Remos (Paddles). In Palas, teams had to create the picture of a seahorse in the sand, following an example exactly. When they had completed this correctly, the sculptor would give them their next clue. In Remos, teams had to row a kayak to a boat in the sea, where a sailor would give them their next clue. In the Speed Bump, Matías & Tamara had to clean six hotel rooms; once completed, the chamberlain gave them their next clue.

Additional tasks
  • At Espadilla Norte Beach, teams had to solve a mathematical challenge in which they had to discover the heaviest coconut among 8 coconuts using a scale; they had to give the correct solution to receive the next clue.
  • In the Planetarium at University of Costa Rica, teams had to order the planets of the solar system by their distance from the Sun, from nearest to farthest including Ceres, Pluto and Eris, in order to receive the next clue.

Leg 12 (Costa Rica → Mexico)[edit]

Airdate: December 6, 2009

In Xcaret Eco Park, teams performed the 1st-part of the 2 detours in the entire leg.
Altar to the Nation in Chapultepec Park was the Finish Line for the first season of The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel.

Airdate: December 13, 2009

In this Leg's first Roadblock, one team member had to eat 3 Mexican tacos with grasshoppers, Maguey Worm and several species of cricket to receive the next clue. This leg's first Detour was a choice between Altura (Height) and Profundidad (Deepness). In Altura, teams had 3 minutes to climb a greasy pole; each team member had to reach one flag on the top of the pole. Once they had collected two flags, they would receive the next clue. In Profundidad, teams had 3 minutes to dive into a shark tank, where each team member had to find a marked stone on the bottom of the tank; once they had collected the two marked stones, they would receive the next clue.

In the Leg's second Roadblock, one team member had to take a flag from one wrestler's boot in three minutes, while three wrestlers were fighting with him/her. In the leg's second Detour was Mariachis or Trajineras (Spanish). In Mariachis, teams had to find an image of Santa Muerte under a hat worn by one of the mariachis playing. In Trajineras, teams had to find a trajinera (typical boats of Xochimilco) called "Zita" and find the clue inside the boat.

Additional tasks
  • In Cenote del Jaguar, teams had to participate in a Mayan ritual, then enter the cenote and search for the next clue in the wall.
  • At the Angel of Independence, teams had to drive a Segway to Go Visa with only a picture as reference.
  • At Estadio Olímpico's court, teams had to match the pit stops with the greeters in order of appearance. Once the order was correct, they would receive the final clue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel" (in Spanish). discovery.com. Retrieved 2009-12-21. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Disney Media Networks LatAm elige a RGB como productora de The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel" (in Spanish). TodoTV News. 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  3. ^ "Harris Whitbeck presentará The Amazing Race: Latinoamerica" (in Spanish). Telelocura.com. 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  4. ^ "The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel on September" (in Spanish). 

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