Last night's episode was the second leg of TAR 7, taking the teams from Cuzco, Peru, to Santiago, Chile by bus, a 10-hour trip. Rob bribes the bus driver, schemes to get an earlier arriving bus, and teases the stuffing out of the other teams, most of whom are gunning for him based on his Survivor reputation.
And one of the landmarks encountered by the teams in Santiago is Santo Cerro, and San Cristobel. The teams took the funicular up the mountain. Lucky them! When I was there, the funicular hadn't opened yet for the day.
The Santiago Detour had the teams choose between shopping at Mercado Central for the chef at Donde Augusto restaurant, or heading to the Libreria Chilena, and packing and moving 180 books to the National Library, below.
This picture shows part of the market in Mercado Central, and Donde Augusto is also close by.
Tonight's episode (leg 3) will have the teams heading into Argentina, also a fave episode! Who could forget Rob balking at the roadblock when asked to eat 4 pounds of Argentine barbecued meat! No one should ever eat that quantity of food of any kind at one sitting. Ever! And early TAR episodes used this force feeding as a challenge way too many times. (Remember Charla et al eating 2 pounds of caviar?)
But, food wasting aside, what I loved about the Argentine barbecue episode was watching Rob convince a few other teams to join him in refusing to do the barbecue eating / gluttony roadblock. And since he was the first to balk, his hourglass penalty ended first, automatically guaranteeing that he and Amber would not finish last.
And tonight, as the teams head into Argentina, they encounter another detour that requires them to ride a horse and complete a traditional gaucho challenge. Who knew Rob, a rough and tumble Boston kid who worked in construction, would be such an able rider! Again, just a pleasure to watch. Go Rob! You highlight the lameness of the competitors on both Amazing Race 14 and Survivor Tocantins. Good audition pools must be tough to find these days.
More pictures of Chile and Argentina at my travel site.