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Teams race across Peru, engaging in the local culture through dance and a popular leisure activity. Vehicular difficulties leave one team playing catch up early on as teams battle for a spot in the final leg.
Season 26 begins with 11 dating couples, including five pairs who meet for the first time at the starting line at California's Castaic Lake, before flying to Tokyo, Japan for the first leg of the race. For the first time in Race history, a Blind U-Turn lies in wait on Leg 1.moreless
Teams fly from the second smallest country in the world to the second least densely populated one, landing in the Namibian capital of Windhoek. Teams construct traditional dwellings and get up close with the local wildlife at the Detour before an intense race to the Pit Stop.
The Final Four teams continue racing through the Philippines, with a coveted spot in the final leg on the line. Teams immerse themselves in the local culture through a hectic Detour and then battle for survival at a scorching hot Roadblock, before a major Race twist is revealed.
Teams fly to Nice in southern France before making their way to the Principality of Monaco, where a romantic Roadblock sends some teams searching the wrong way, while in the iconic Monte Carlo Casino, Lady Luck determines which Roadblock teams must attempt.
Teams fly to Trujillo, Peru and make their way to rural Otuzco, doing battle in the sugarcane fields before sorting through hundreds of potatoes at a tricky Detour.
Teams fly back to Europe and race to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, where one racer loses their bearings at a mind-numbing Roadblock, while another team melts down while losing their way. Teams compete in a traditional variation of shuffleboard or solve a series of clues in a floating hot tub at an intense Detour, before fighting for survival in a race to the Pit Stop.moreless
The race heads to Sicily for just the second time, where two of the race frontrunners once again do battle for supremacy. Teams experience the Targa Florio auto race in a go-kart race above Sicily, before partaking in a Detour involving two things commonly associated with Italy - art and opera.moreless
Teams race across Namibia where they are tasked with interpreting a clue in German, before sparks fly at the Double U-Turn board when battle lines are drawn.
Eleven new teams begin racing on the twenty-second edition of The Amazing Race. Their first stop is the island paradise of Bora Bora, where rows of sandcastles threaten to be the downfall of multiple teams. Meanwhile, in a race first, the winner of the first leg is awarded two Express Passes, one of which must be delegated to another team.moreless
The race continues in Bavaria, Germany, where teams take part in traditional Oktoberfest activities. One team makes a costly error by losing their fanny pack, while driving difficulties threaten two teams.
The remaining teams fly to Malaysian Borneo where they quickly find themselves up a creek without a paddle. Meanwhile friends must do battle against one another in a bid to stay in the race.
Teams race to Copenhagen, Denmark and choose between two tricky Detour options involving attention to detail. One team experiences communication difficulties that threaten to affect their race, while another team finds themselves battling to avoid last place after three legs at the top.
Teams race to Scotland's Shetland Islands, where local animals threaten to send several teams home, while one team suffers an injury, putting their race in jeopardy.
Season 25 begins with 11 teams in New York City's Times Square, where they learn that the duo who win the first leg of the race will receive "The Save," a game-changing element that allows them to rescue themselves if they finish last on a future leg and face elimination. Next, the teams fly to the U.S. Virgin Islands and participate in their first challenge.moreless
The remaining teams travel north of the Arctic Circle where Norwegian fish heads send some teams spiralling to the back of the pack, and a simple mistake costs one team the lead. Teams take a plunge into the cold Arctic, while one team makes a power play for Tim & Marie's second Express Pass.moreless
The six remaining teams set off from the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in Salima, Malawi and fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, heading to Vor Frelsers Kirke with knowledge there will be another Double U-Turn on the course. After getting a clue to Frederiksborg Slot, the Roadblock forces racers to go inside and learn an intricate Renaissance dance done in three parts. At Frilandmuseet, the Detour has teams choose between getting "All Hopped Up" by leading rabbits through a steeplechase course, or making sure they get six bricks of butter "All Churned Out" and in presentable shape. Directed to the nearby Karlstrup Windmill, teams are given the Pit Stop location: the Havet, docked back in Copenhagen.moreless
Teams race into rural Morocco, where they come face to face with the local animals at a tricky Detour and come face to face with their fear of heights over the rugged terrain in a challenging Roadblock, while navigational problems threaten to end one team's chances.
Teams travel by ferry from Sicily to Malta, where they serve Maltese knights, before descending into the picturesque Blue Grotto at a challenging Roadblock. Teams then have to choose a Detour option without any additional information for the first time in Race history.
Teams race to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, where some teams are left crying over spilled drinks at a frustrating Detour, while others test their rhythm at a wild party.
The race continues to Rome, Italy, where country singers Caroline & Jennifer fight to overcome a Speed Bump. Teams relive popular activities from Ancient Rome as they become gladiators and charioteers, before a footrace to the mat could spell the end for one team.
Teams race from Singapore to the Philippines, where one team immerses themselves in the local fishing industry, while minor details threaten to derail another. Teams then compete in a Switchback to a memorable challenge from Season 5, ahead of an intense footrace to the mat to avoid elimination.
Teams head to Singapore with a Double U-Turn looming ahead, which two teams attempt to bypass by taking on a tricky Fast Forward. Teams tackle their fear of heights and are tested to the limits of their pain thresholds, before one team lies to another, sending them stumbling in the wrong direction.moreless
The remaining teams depart Africa and head to snowy Switzerland where they are confronted with their fear of heights. Teams relive a memorable challenge in a race Switchback before one team makes a potentially costly mistake.
The race continues to Orvieto, Italy, where battle lines are drawn at the race's first Double U-Turn. An unlikely alliance is formed at the Detour, before an awkward encounter at the Roadblock sets up an intense battle.
Teams fly to London and partake in the iconic changing of the guard tradition. Teams do battle punting through Oxford, before being presented with a risky option to go for an Express Pass waiting at a location away from the Pit Stop.
The nine remaining teams fly from New Zealand to Indonesia where a detail-oriented Detour threatens to unravel several teams. Meanwhile another team struggles through a memory challenge, before Amazing Race history is made at the Pit Stop.
The remaining teams travel to Lucerne, Switzerland, where they become hotel workers in an intense cleaning battle. Three teams form an alliance ostracising another team and agree together in an attempt to knock their opposition out, leading to an intense footrace atop Mount Titlis.
The seven remaining teams depart from the M. R. Kukrit Heritage House in Bangkok, Thailand and fly to Lilongwe, Malawi, where they travel by taxi to Limbe Tobacco Warehouse for their Roadblock: racers are forced to transport ten, 200 lb. bales of tobacco using a handtruck to receive their next clue. At the Detour, teams either must travel to White Horse De-sign Tailor Shop in an old market and use an old manual sewing machine to make sure a customer's suit is properly "All Sewn Up", or go to Lilongwe LEA School and make two toy trucks by using simple materials for kids who are "Not Grown Up" to play with. Teams then head to a furniture store and have two beds trucked to Kumbali Village, then carry them to the Pit Stop, where the beds will be used for their overnight rest.moreless
The eight remaining teams race to the city of Marrakesh, Morocco where they race to set up traditional food carts, battle through a traditional tannery and partake in the local culture through music and drink. Tensions rise with a Double U-Turn lying in wait, especially as two teams clash at another challenge.moreless
The remaining teams continue on the third leg of the race, with Christchurch, New Zealand as their next destination. One team undergoes medical treatment to determine whether or not they can continue with the race, while the fate of the second Express Pass is also revealed.
The remaining teams fly to Seville, Spain where they take part in a contemporary twist on the running of the bulls. One team suffers an injury, threatening their position in the game, while drama unfolds at the U-Turn, where one team makes a potentially unpopular decision.
The Final Five are instructed to fly to Edinburgh, Scotland, where one racer finds themselves out of breath at the Roadblock. Teams embrace Scottish culture at a Detour involving haggis, while alliances strategise against one another with a Double U-Turn approaching.
The seven remaining teams depart from the Kumbali Village in Lilongwe, Malawi and travel by bus to the town of Salima, where their Roadblock awaits. One team member has to use a bicycle taxi, called kabaza, to take a passenger carrying fish to one of three different addresses. After completing this, they must go to Lake Malawi and do the Detour tasks: they must join the 'Dugout' canoe race and use a traditional canoe, they have to paddle out to pass the drummer, and paddle back to the shore in order to receive their next clue. Teams also may choose to 'Lugout' eight passengers, two boxes of cabbages, two bundles of sugar cane, two brooms, one chair, and one fan from ferry to the shore. Succeeding in doing the tasks, teams must search Jamaica Shop and face the first Double U-Turn. After deciding which teams should be U-Turned, they must walk all the way to the seventh Pit Stop: Sunbird Livingstonia Beach.moreless
The five remaining teams cross the border into Germany where they experience the nightlife of Berlin by carrying large neon letters, flying off buildings and exploring intricate labyrinths. Cracks begin to appear in old alliances and the competition intensifies as the end of the race approaches.
Teams are faced with the task of traversing a crocodile-infested creek, causing some teams to find themselves up a creek without a paddle. A test of memory baffles one team, while navigational difficulties puts another team in jeopardy and two teams find themselves in trouble with the law.
The remaining teams fight for the million dollars on the two-hour season final of The Amazing Race, returning to the United States via Belfast, Northern Ireland, where one team is eliminated before the Final Three is determined. Then, the Final Three face a Switchback and a test of memory as the battle for the million intensifies, taking a photograph with the president along the way.moreless
The five remaining teams depart Lake Manyara in Tanzania and fly to Cochin, India. Continuing to Sacred Heart College in Thevara, teams are faced with a Bollywood-themed Roadblock where racers must learn a complicated dance routine and perform it to the satisfaction of the choreographer. Clued to the Indian Coffee House, teams are given a Detour of either both racers scoring a boundary in "Cricket" or both navigating a test course in an auto rickshaw requiring them to successfully "Clutch It". Completing awards the Pit Stop location: Bolgatty Palace.moreless
The nine remaining teams depart from El Gomero rubber tree in La Recoleta, Buenos Aires andfly to Asunsion, Paraguay. Teams are immediately faced with a Detour, choosing between making sure a 10x10 pyramid of watermelons is properly "Stacked Up" or making a gutted harp be properly "Strung Out". Directed to Plaza De La Democrazia, a Roadblock forces players to perform a choreographic routine while balancing a bottle on their head. Success sends teams on foot to the Pit Stop: Escalinata de Antequera.moreless
Teams fly to the United Arab Emirates, where a tricky Detour drives one team crazy and leaves another team contemplating the use of their Express Pass. Teams face multiple fears at the leg's Roadblock, while a matter of seconds leaves one team in jeopardy, facing elimination.
The final four teams continue racing in the two-hour season finale of the twentieth edition of The Amazing Race.
The remaining teams depart Indonesia for Vietnam where a confusing test of memory puts teams in jeopardy of elimination. With a Double U-Turn looming ahead, alliances form and strategise, while an injured Dave & Connor contemplate their position in the game.
The six remaining teams set off from an esplanade alongside the Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan and fly to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Once there, teams race to get on charter flights to Ngorongoro Crater, where they have to find a Masai warrior; he offers a Detour choice of testing your "Marksmanship" by hitting a clay target with a rungu or performing a "Courtship" jumping ritual for a minute in the thin air. Completion of either directs teams to the Simba A camp. On arrival, teams must build a safari tent and shower so after checking in with Phil at the Pit Stop, they can stay the night.moreless
Country singers Caroline & Jennifer make a power play for Jet & Cord's second Express Pass while trying to clamber out of the back of the pack, while one team makes a potentially costly mistake and is faced with a major decision, before a memorable Pit Stop finish with seven teams checking in almost simultaneously.moreless
Teams race to the Thai capital of Bangkok, where they are immersed in the local culture at a chaotic Detour. Several blind dating couples experience conflict, putting a strain on their relationships.
The eight remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Piazza Castello in Turin, Italyand make their way via train and car to the German state of Bavaria, with Bopper and Mark knowing a Speed Bump awaits them. Arriving at Gasthof Zum Rassen, teams are faced with a Detour of either following a trail to the Hansel and Gretel "Fairy Tale" witch and shingling a gingerbread house's roof or stylingthefacial hairof a "Champion Male" beard competitor; meanwhile, Bopper and Mark's Speed Bump of correctly yodelling precedes their Detour. Success points teams to Neuschwanstein Castle and the bedroom of King Ludwig II, where a clue sends teams to Füssen and a Roadblock using their Travelocity Roaming Gnome in eisstockchienben. Sliding the Gnome across the ice andonto the bullseye awards the Pit Stop location: in a cattle barn at Landhannes Farm.moreless
Teams fly to Bandung, Indonesia where two teams miss a train and fall behind the pack, ending up in a two team fight for survival. Teams meet the local wildlife before an old rivalry is rekindled at a musical Roadblock, while one team places themselves in jeopardy to save their allies.moreless
Teams travel to the United Kingdom where their linguistic abilities are put to the test as they attempt to master the Welsh language. The competition heats up at the Detour, with four teams vying for three spots in the final leg.
Teams travel by train to the Austrian capital of Vienna, where weather interferes with one team's ability to complete a task. Teams audition for the Vienna Boys Choir, where two teams sing our of tune and fall behind, before one team takes another's taxi, resulting in a showdown at the Pit Stop.moreless
The five remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Bolgatty Palace in Kerala, India and head to Daiva Vili Bhagvathi Kshetram, with Bopper and Mark knowing a Speed Bump awaits them. The clue provided by the awaiting priest both directs teams to Pattanacaud Coir Mat and Matting and contains a Fast Forward. At the matting factory, a Roadblock makes racers spin coconut husks into 40' of rope and then fill a spindle from bundles of the rope. Completing the task directs teams to Fort Kochi and a Detour choice: correctly decorating a "Pachyderm" and then wheelbarrowing 15 loads of elephant manure to a truck, or choosing to ten times "PackA Box" with dried ginger. Success awards the Pit Stop location alongside the Cheenavala Fishing Nets.moreless
The remaining teams travel to Phuket, Thailand, where they face their fear of heights. One team falls behind early at the airport, while another misplaces their fanny pack, resulting in a photo finish at the mat.
The five remaining teams depart from the Havet in Copenhagen, Denmark and race to a statue of Hans Christian Andersen for a Roadblock involving remembering a poem and biking to Teatermuseet to give a dramatic presentation for a critic's approval. Successful teams then drive to Legoland in Billund, where they must go on a spinning teacup ride and assemble a puzzle that will reveal their next destination is a train station in Hamburg, Germany. After driving there, teams are instructed to take a train through Cologne and on to Brussels, Belgium. Directed to the European Parliament Building, the racers learn they will be judged in a body posing competition. Teams earning the minimum score are awarded the location of Phil and the mat: Parc Elizabeth.moreless
The four remaining teams meet their match when asked to eat a king cobra. An egg-boiling challenge in the Indonesian countryside scrambles the order, before one team gets lost in a maze of tea leaves and another has a bad hair day at a challenging Roadblock, with the final elimination of the race drawing closer.moreless
Teams tackle the Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert where they learn a series of skills crucial to desert survival with a group of bushmen. Teams become frustrated when making fire becomes an impossibility, leaving several teams fighting to avoid last place.
The four remaining teams battle for a spot in the Final Three in France's Loire Valley, before the finalists return home to New York City and face a daring escape act, after which it all comes down to a unique Memory Challenge and someone is crowned the official winners of The Amazing Race.moreless
The ten remaining teams continue their race through Bora Bora, where one team comes face to face with their fear of deep water. Meanwhile, another team experiences navigational problems on the water, opening the door for a possible comeback from the two penalised teams from the previous leg.
Teams continue racing by flying to Surabaya, Indonesia on the second leg with an Express Pass up for grabs. A risky move at the airport threatens to jeopardise one team's position in the race, while others face a series of problematic taxi drivers in the heat of battle.
The remaining nine teams are instructed to fly to Lisbon, Portugal. Two teams in an alliance take the lead, while other friends clash over spots on a flight's waiting list. Flight delays threaten to take one team out of the race, while a mentally taxing Detour leaves some teams confused.
The eight teams keep racing to Gdańsk, Poland, where three teams get lost from the very beginning, setting them behind the rest of the pack. Express Pass holders Tim & Marie finally hand over their second Express Pass before the fifth leg deadline and consider playing their own. Meanwhile, drama at the first Double U-Turn of the race leaves two teams fighting for survival.moreless
Eleven former teams will return and battle it out as they are all given one more chance to claim the one million dollar prize and win The Amazing Race.
For the first time in Amazing Race history, four teams fly to the Final Destination City of Los Angeles, California, but the stakes are raised as one team will be eliminated before the Finish Line, while three will go on to fight for the one million dollar prize.
The nine remaining teams have to overcome a balancing act before travelling to Bangil, Indonesia, where the fight for survival heats up as a Double U-Turn looms ahead.
The four remaining teams depart from the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium and fly to Panama City, Panama, with the knowledge that only three will be left standing at the end of this leg.
The nine remaining teams depart from the Kraton Palace in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, joining a reenactment of a Dutch colonial bicycle patrol. The clue received afterward directs the teams to the Lesehan Restaurant in Salakmalang and the leg's Detour, with the choice of taking meals to workers in a "Rice Field"—and then planting 300 rice seed themselves—or making sure sheep are "Grass Fed" and watered. Directed to a 9th-century Buddhist temple at Borobudur, racers face a Roadblock of correctly counting four different styles of Buddha statues around the temple; success means searching the temple grounds for the Pit Stop.moreless
The Amazing Race gets underway for its 21st season, with an all new and improved cash prize waiting at the Finish Line.
Eleven new teams depart on the 23rd race around the world. Their first destination is Iquique, Chile, where teams face their fear of heights and some struggle. A confusion at the race's second Roadblock sees more than one team sending out the wrong team member on the course, before one team makes a mistake that could jeopardise winning the leg and the two Express Passes up for grabs.moreless
Teams take part in the salt mining industry of Iquique in the race's first Detour, before travelling to the Chilean capital of Santiago, where a difficult Roadblock leaves two teams fighting for survival, while one team makes a costly error at the Pit Stop.
The remaining teams arrive at a faux Pit Stop at Parc Elisabeth in Brussels, Belgium and immediately head for the Ford Proving Ground in Lommel. Once there, a Roadblock involves navigating a Mustang through a three-part driving skills challenge. Completion directs teams to drive to the Hoofdbrug in Ghent. Once there, the Detour allows a choice of assembling a raft to go on "Water" and find two halves of their next clue in a nearby canal or correctly making and displaying a stall and 18 Belgian "Waffles". Finishing the Detour sends teams to De Muur Van Geraardsbergen, where they release and follow homing pigeons. Once reunited, a band on the pigeons' legs contains the location of the Pit Stop: The Atomium.moreless
The seven remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Landhannes Farm in Bavaria and fly to Baku, Azerbaijan. The clue at Temple Ateshgah sends two teams risking to go after a Fast Forward at a hay market requiring them to arrange bales of hay in a 10x3x5 stack; the other teams head to Occupational Training International, where a Roadblock awaits requiring racers to take part in a training exercise where they must escape the simulated crash and capsizing of a helicopter. Completing the training sends teams to the Old Town of Baku and the Toghrul Karabakh carpet shop. A Detour there forces the choice of searching through an old Soviet car to find the one "Apple" among hundreds that has a race flag or going to the Naftalan Health Center and scraping crude "Oil" off a gentleman who's undergone a spa treatment common in the country. Completion points teams to the Pit Stop at an Esplanade alongside the Caspian Sea.moreless
The six remaining teams continue racing through Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, with knowledge of an impending Double U-Turn, as well as a Speed Bump for Nary & Jamie. Directed to the Hillary Clington stall in Karatu, a Detour awaits: wait in a long line to fill nine large jugs to deliver a family's "Water Supply", or repair a flat bicycle tire and fill it with the correct "Air Supply". Moving on to the Jack Stelzer Pub, the Double U-Turn tempts racers prior to directions to the Gem Gallery and Arts store, where the Speed Bump forces Nary & Jamie to set up an outside art vending kiosk. The clue there points teams to Margaret's Farms in Mto Wa Mbu and the Roadblock, where racers have to harvest 500 grams of honeycomb. Successfully completing the Roadblock gives the location of the Pit Stop: Lake Manyara.moreless
Teams continue racing in the United Arab Emirates, where a camel beauty pageant brings teams face to face with an iconic animal of the region. Two teams bring up past events as reasons at the U-Turn, forcing two teams to complete both sides of the Detour, while another team slips behind by missing a nearby clue.moreless
Teams experience life in the workforce of Dhaka, Bangladesh, as they take on local jobs at an exhausting Roadblock and Detour that leaves teams struggling for air. Meanwhile, one racer receives news from home which gives them a new outlook on the race.
The race continues in Nagano, Japan, where teams take on an Olympic-sized Detour and try to open an intricate Japanese box at a complicated Detour.
The eight remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Escalinata de Antequera in Asuncion, Paraguay and fly to Turin, Italy. Directed to the Lingotto Building, two choices await: a Fast Forward where one person has to land a remote control toy helicopter on a model of the building on their partner's head, or a Roadblock where racers rappel 120', grabbing their next clue along the way. Then heading to the Museo Nazionale dell' Automobile, teams search for a Tin Lizzie that holds their next clue. Pointed to the Mole Antonelianna, a Detour gives teams the choice to use a powerwasher to "Clean that Statue" or put their tastebuds to the test and "Name that Salami". Success grants the Pit Stop location: Piazza Castello.moreless
The eight remaining teams fly to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where one team has to deal with the local rat problem to win the Fast Forward. Meanwhile, several teams are taken to the wrong place by taxi drivers, creating a tense search to get back on track.