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This Seems Like the Path Straight to Hell! is the second episode of The Amazing Race 3.


Teams endure a treacherous bus ride from Mexico City to Tulum, a Caribbean paradise on the east coast of Mexico.

A car collides with a bus full of teams, sending them scrambling to deal with the aftermath, and two teams wipeout on waverunners. One couple with an uncertain future argues over priorities and who in the team carries the power and a magical swim with dolphins isn't so magical for a couple of teammates.[2]


Route Markers[]

The order of departure from Hacienda San Gabriel de las Palmas are as follows:

  1. Ken & Gerard (10:36 pm)
  2. Flo & Zach (1:09 am)
  3. Aaron & Arianne (1:11 am)
  4. Michael & Kathy (1:33 am)
  5. John Vito & Jill (1:35 am)
  6. Heather & Eve (2:16 am)
  7. Dennis & Andrew (3:29 am)
  8. Teri & Ian (3:33 am)
  9. Andre & Damon (4:12 am)
  10. Tramel & Talicia (4:28 am)
  11. Derek & Drew (4:37 am)
Andre & Damon left the Pit Stop ninth, as they did not follow the donkey path correctly during the Wheels Detour in the previous leg, and were assessed a 48-minute penalty for the time gained, along with the standard 30-minute penalty, their penalty totaling to 78 minutes.

Teams must drive to Teotihuacan and find the Pyramid of the Sun and climb all 248 steps to reach the clue at the top.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to teams after receiving their clue at the beginning of the leg. One team must travel to the Museum of Anthropology and find a group of performers called the Voladores of Papantla. Both team members then had to climb a 100 ft (30 m) pole and swing around the pole suspended on ropes by their feet to win the Fast Forward award. Derek & Drew won the Fast Forward.

Teams must take a bus to Cancún and find the San Mariano Marina.

Choice A: Man Power
Teams used a kayak to search a much smaller lagoon for the clue, which was hanging from a tree.

Ken & Gerard and Michael & Kathy chose this task.

Choice B: Horse Power
Teams used a WaveRunner to search a large lagoon for the clue that was floating on a buoy.

Aaron & Arianne, Andre & Damon, Dennis & Andrew, Flo & Zach, Heather & Eve, John Vito & Jill, Teri & Ian, and Tramel & Talicia chose this task.

Teams had to leave their watercrafts at Playa del Carmen and board a ferry from Calle 3 Sur to the island of Cozumel. From there, they had to travel to Chankanaab Park.

"For someone who is ready for the swim of a lifetime."

One team member had to put on goggles, jump into the lagoon, and swim with a family of dolphins while searching for the next clue at the bottom.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must take the ferry back to Playa del Carmen and drive themselves to Tulum and find the Diamante K Bungalows to check in.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg or continue racing on a No-Rest Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
Derek & Drew
 1st place 
Derek & Drew
Aaron & Arianne
 2nd place 
Aaron & Arianne
Lifelong Friends
Heather & Eve
 3rd place 
Heather & Eve
Law School Roommates
Michael & Kathy
 4th place 
Michael & Kathy
Long-Distance Dating
Flo & Zach
 5th place 
Flo & Zach
Ken & Gerard
 6th place 
Ken & Gerard
John Vito & Jill
 7th place 
John Vito & Jill
Andre & Damon
 8th place 
Andre & Damon
Cop and Fireman
Dennis & Andrew
 9th place 
Dennis & Andrew
Teri & Ian
 10th place 
Teri & Ian
Married Parents
Tramel & Talicia
 11th place 
Tramel & Talicia



The Amazing Race 3 Episodes

"What If Our Parachute Doesn't Open?" · "This Seems Like the Path Straight to Hell!" · "You Always Just Forget About Me!" · "Did You See How I Stopped It? With My Face" · "What Happens If I Slip? Am I Just Hanging Off a Cliff?" · "I'm a Much Better Liar Than You Are" · "I'm Supposed to Be Indebted to Her for the Rest of the Race?!" · "This Is More Important Than Your Pants Falling Down!" · "Why Did You Have to Take Your Pants Off?!" · "Don't Try to Play the Moralist Now!" · "They're Slithering to the Finish Line Like the Rest of Us!"