Guessing the big gap between the first set of teams on the ropes and the second (Jodi/Shannon, Monique/Shawne) is due to bus schedules? One bus leaves Santiago and then another one 2-3 hours later?
Have we established that there were two flights? I thought they all ended up on the same flight.
Bus schedules from Santiago to Valparaiso may have spread out the teams, though.
There has to be a second flight.
I live in Santiago, and buses from here to Valparaíso or Viña leave every 5 minutes from 4 different bus terminals, so there is no bunching for buses.
One thing that calls my attention is that the teams, just arriving at the airport, have to get inside the city and go to the Tur Bus terminal which is in downtown (by the way, it is depicted incorrectly in the MAPS! thread, you posted the google earth screenshot of the headquarters of TurBus, not the main terminal).
So here's the thing: Turbus is a bus company, and all of its buses leave and arrive from this specific terminal (following its name) but the terminal is not exclusively for this company, there are a couple more bus enterprises that leave from there. Anyway, maybe the route info in LA stated especificaly to take a bus from that terminal (which makes nonsense otherwise, because it's not practical to travel from the airport to the downtown to take a bus to Viña, and the Santiago airport is on the Way to the coast, and because there is a terminal only for Viña-Valpo buses next to the nearest Metro station from the airport (Pajaritos Station, which is seen in Leg 4 of TARLA)
Or this is not specified in the route marker, spreading the teams in different terminals throughout Santiago, but this will make a difference of time of 1 hour aprox. as most, so that gap between the first and second group at the wire has to be another flight.
And this is my first post.