Chilean twins win Latin American version of The Amazing Race

Three of the show’s 12 stages were held in Chile, with teams battling it
out in the heart of Santiago and the harsh surrounds of the Atacama

After a month traveling the length and breadth of South America while completing a series of complicated tasks and challenges, a pair of intrepid Chileans have been crowned the winners of the popular reality show, The Amazing Race Latinoamérica.

The 26-year-old twins, Nicolás and Cristóbal Brain, managed to out-do over a dozen other couples to win the US$250,000 cash prize in the third season of the series, which was filmed in July but went to air this month.

The Brain brothers emerged victorious from a dramatic go-kart race in São Paulo, Brazil, to take out the race’s final challenge.

“I got there and I didn’t realize that we had won,” Cristóbal said in an interview during the final episode, which was broadcast on Argentine cable channel, Space. “I knew it, but it didn’t really sink in. And then I was happy because I realized: ‘I won, I’m rich’.”

The gruelling race took competitors through five South American countries, including Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Brazil and Chile – where three of the show’s 12 legs were held.

In Santiago’s Mercado Central, teams hauled five bags of ice, each weighing 110lb, across the crowded market floor before arranging fish into different groups according to a given pattern.

For the next stage in Chile, teams were transported to San Pedro de Atacama where they had to choose between riding a bike along a punishing 1.9 mile desert course or digging for 10 pieces of broken pottery at an archaeological site.

While in the desert, the groups also had to search for clues hidden in a batch of Chilean empanadas and the warm waters of the Puritama hot springs.

Back in Santiago, competitors were put through their paces as they raced to construct 30 feet of railway at the Baquedano metro station.

The Brain brothers, who both play and coach rugby, said they were confident that they would win throughout the race’s many challenges. Their strategy? To focus on enjoying the diverse locations they visited to help ward off stress.

“Obviously the prize was important – it was US$250,000 – but our plan was to have a good time,” Nicolás said.

And now the twins, who balance study with work in an architectural office, plan to pay off their debts and invest the remaining money.