As 11 Teams depart Santa Barbara, Calif. for Santa Barbara, Argentina, one team struggles to keep their nerves at bay. Meanwhile, Teams quickly discover winning $1 million may be tougher than expected when they find themselves skydiving from a plane at 10,000 feet.
Teams race through Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the stress of the Race causes one Team to break down into tears. Meanwhile, chaos ensues when Racers are required to sharpen their numerical skills at the world's largest cattle market.
The nine remaining teams travel from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Asunción, Paraguay. Teams struggle to produce during a fruity Detour choice, and face a harsh reality at the Road Block if they don't perfect a local balancing act.
The eight remaining teams travel from Asunción, Paraguay to Turin, Italy. Teams polishing off a dirty Detour choice find an unexpected beheading. In a series first, a team is left in tears after a random act of kindness at the Pit Stop.
The eight teams travel from Turin, Italy to Schwangau-Horn, Germany. In Germany's oldest region, they have to search King Ludwig's quarters in the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty's castle. Tempers flare for one team while they walk through a snowy labyrinth on their way to the castle.
The seven remaining teams travel from Schwangau-Horn, Germany to Baku, Azerbaijan. Two teams find out how well they stack up when they hit the hay for a Fast Forward, while several teams break out the sponges for an oily Detour choice.
The six remaining teams travel from Baku, Azerbaijan to Ngorongoro, Tanzania. When the claws come out during a change of planes, tears are shed. Teams stand amazed as they train alongside Masai warriors at the Detour.
The six teams stay in Tanzania as they travel from Ngorongoro to Lake Manyara. When an early alliance is betrayed, the race takes an unexpected turn. An unforgiving team savours the opportunity to use a game twist to exact their revenge.
The five remaining teams travel from Lake Manyara, Tanzania to Cochin, India. A gender disparity causes one team to lose faith when they are faced with what seems an insurmountable Road Block. Emotions run high when one person has to weigh their well-being against their future in the race.
The five teams stay in India as they travel from Cochin to Vypin. One person is determined to push through the pain barrier after physically misstepping. Teams have to pull out all the bells and whistles at a larger than life Detour choice.
The four remaining teams travel from Vypin, India to Osaka, Japan. As they close in on the finish of the race, they have to call upon their track skills during an exhausting Japanese game show Road Block. The final three teams then travel to Honululu, Hawaii, where they have to draw on all of their remaining stamina. The first team to reach the finish line wins the US$1 million prize.