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The Amazing Race has visited an astonishing 89 countries located on six different continents. The CBS show has filmed in tourist-favorite locales like France and Mexico, as well as places off the beaten path like Seychelles and Azerbaijan. But even with all that traveling, The Amazing Race has never been to Antarctica.
It doesn’t seem out of the question. The series has filmed in other cold places like Russia and Alaska—and while it’s never made it to the Earth’s southernmost continent, the show filmed in Ushuaia, Argentina, during season 11. The South American city is widely considered to be the world’s southernmost city, hence its “end of the world” nickname. So why not Antarctica?
Host Phil Keoghan is on board. He’s said that he would love to bring the show to Antarctica—and when a fan suggested tips on how The Amazing Race could make it happen, Keoghan opened the discussion to the rest of his Twitter followers.
One fan said that the show could film in late November, then “charter a ship for a week, sail out of Ushuaia, go through the Drake (rough seas = drama!) and then have a leg or two on the peninsula.”
Another fan pointed out that due to the regulations on visiting Antarctica, teams would probably have to fly out of the continent at the same time, so they suggested that the show could “fly teams out, have leg 1 start on King George Island, winner of roadblock/1st to find clue (there are 2 churches…) gets an advantage for later.”
However, one Twitter user had a different view. “If you go to Antarctica, do as little damage as possible to the environment (which means, don’t go to Antarctica).”
While it’s true that tourists and cruise ships can damage the fragile Antarctic ecosystem (an oil spill in 2007 could have sickened the area’s penguins), experts on the region think things are being regulated properly. Steven Chown, a professor from Monash University in Australia who represents the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research at intergovernmental meetings, told The Guardian that he’s on board with more tourism in Antarctica. (Chown was speaking generally—not specifically about The Amazing Race.)
“I never say there’s no risk, but I think tourism is going to be well managed into the foreseeable future,” he said.
So maybe, just maybe, you’ll see The Amazing Race in Antarctica soon.