"This Seems Like the Path Straight to Hell!"
Version United States
Season Season 3
Episode Number 2/11 (026)
First Broadcast October 9, 2002
Viewership (in millions) 8.00[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 3.6/9[1]
Episode Chronology
Previous "What If Our Parachute Doesn't Open?"
Next "You Always Just Forget About Me!"

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 in the previous leg, their penalty totaling to 78 minutes.

Teams must drive to Teotihuacán 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 them 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.

Aaron & Arianne, Ken & Gerard, and Michael & Kathy chose this task.

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

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.

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 drive themselves to Tulum and find the Diamante K Bungalows to check in.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward
 1st place 
Derek & Drew
 2nd place 
Aaron & Arianne
Lifelong friends
 3rd place 
Heather & Eve
Law school roommates
 4th place 
Michael & Kathy
Long-distance Dating
 5th place 
Flo & Zach
 6th place 
Ken & Gerard
TAR3-John Vito-Jill
 7th place 
John Vito & Jill
 8th place 
Andre & Damon
Cop and fireman
 9th place 
Dennis & Andrew
 10th place 
Teri & Ian
Married parents
Tramel & Talicia


  • This episode's title was said by Flo, who thought she and Zach were lost on the way to the Pyramid of the Sun.