The race to Ushuaia is underway, and the five teams head out of Copan Ruinas in western Honduras to their next checkpoint, Panama City – a journey that sees them travel across vast swathes of Central America, passing through Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
Despite a seemingly short distance to travel, navigating roads that share their terrain with more than 300 volcanoes can be breathtaking but time-consuming. Add unreliable bus schedules and extreme heat, and the journeys can be challenging for the teams.
The race leaders, mother and son Jo and Sam, are the first to set off to Panama City. While working at a hostel in El Salvador, the pair get the chance to help with a turtle conservation project.
Brother and sister Dom and Lizzie opt for a strategy of back-to-back buses all the way to Costa Rica in a bid to claw back some time on the front runners. But things don’t get off to a good start, with Lizzie feeling that her older brother dominates all the decisions, leading to a major confrontation between the two.
Married couple Jen and Rob and rival team Michael and Shuntelle choose the same route out of the checkpoint and end up on the same bus to Santa Rosa de Copan, much to Jen’s frustration. Jen and Rob want to reconnect and have fun after a tough few years, but Jen is struggling to find the right balance between race and experience. A trip to the cloud forest in Costa Rica provides some much-needed perspective for the two of them.