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No Limite 1
Season Information
Season No.: 1
Filming Dates: July, 2000 – August, 2000
Season Run: July 23, 2000 – September 10, 2000
Winner: Elaine de Melo
Opening Sequence
Season Chronology

No Limite 1 was the first season of the Brazilian reality show No Limite, filmed in Ceará, Brazil. The premiere aired Sunday, July 23, 2000. It was the first season of any reality show produced by an Brazilian televison network.

The winner was 35 year-old Elaine de Melo, a hairdresser from São Paulo, SP. She defeating graphic producer Patrícia "Pipa" Diniz at the final challenge to take the R$300,000 prize.


With the resounding success of Survivor: Borneo, the Brazilian television network Rede Globo decided to make his own version of Survivor.
Twelve contestants were chosen by the producers to participate the show between July to August 2000.
They were marooned on the coast of the state of Ceará, northeastern Brazil, where they would live for 24 for days and only one will win the prize.


  • Semi-finals: At the final four, the castaways were divided in two pairs to compete in a challenge. The losing pair would be automatically eliminated, while the winning pair would be the final two.
  • Finals: The final two would compete in a final challenge, where the winner would be crowned the Sole Survivor.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
Nl1 hilca t Hilca Maria
21, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Sol 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Nl1 amendoim t Paulo "Amendoim" Martins
42, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Sol 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Nl1 marcus t Marcus Werner
27, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Sol 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Nl1 chico t Francisco "Chico" Salles
51, São Paulo, SP
Lua 4th Voted Out
Day 12
Nl1 ilma t Ilma Arakawa
54, São Paulo, SP
Sol 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Nl1 jefferson t Jeferson Schmengler
31, Porto Alegre, RS
Lua Solua 6th Voted Out
Day 18
Nl1 vanderson t Vanderson Souza
20, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Lua 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Nl1 thiago t Thiago Toqueton
20, São Paulo, SP
Sol 8th Voted Out
Day 21
Nl1 juliana t Juliana Marques
23, São Paulo, SP
Lua Eliminated
Day 22
Nl1 andrea t Andréa Baptista
29, São Paulo, SP
Lua Eliminated
Day 22
Nl1 patricia t Patrícia "Pipa" Diniz
29, Porto Alegre, RS
Sol Runner-Up 1
Nl1 elaine t Elaine de Melo
35, São Paulo, SP
Lua Sole Survivor 0

Season Sumary

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Episode Guide

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish
Reward Immunity
Episode 1 July 23, 2000 Lua Lua Hilca 5-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
Episode 2 July 30, 2000 Sol Lua Amendoim 4-1 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
Episode 3 August 6, 2000 Sol Lua Marcus 3-1 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
Episode 4 August 13, 2000 Sol Sol Chico 3-3;
4th Voted Out
Day 12
Episode 5 August 20, 2000 None Lua Ilma 2-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
Episode 6 August 27, 2000 Andréa Jefferson 3-2-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
Episode 7 September 3, 2000 Elaine, Juliana,
Elaine, Juliana,
Vanderson 4-1-1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
Thiago 2-1 8th Voted Out
Day 21
Episode 8 September 10, 2000 Semi-Final Juliana No Vote Eliminated
Day 22
Andréa Eliminated
Day 22
Final Trial Pipa Runner-Up
Elaine Sole Survivor

Voting History

No Limite 1 Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Eliminated: Nl1 hilca t
Nl1 amendoim t
Nl1 marcus t
Nl1 chico t
Nl1 ilma t
Nl1 jefferson t
Nl1 vanderson t
Nl1 thiago t
Nl1 juliana t
Nl1 andrea t
Nl1 patricia t
Nl1 elaine t
Votes: 5-1 4-1 3-1 3-3 4-0 2-1 3-2-2 4-1-1 2-1 Semi-Finals2 Final Trial
Elaine Andréa Chico Vanderson Vanderson Thiago Sole Survivor
Pipa Hilca Amendoim Marcus Ilma Vanderson Vanderson Andréa Runner-Up
Andréa Chico None Jefferson Vanderson None1 Eliminated
Juliana Chico Chico Jefferson Vanderson Thiago
Thiago Hilca Amendoim Marcus Ilma Jefferson Andréa None1
Vanderson Andréa Chico Thiago Thiago
Jefferson Chico Chico Thiago
Ilma Hilca Amendoim Marcus Pipa
Chico Andréa None
Marcus Hilca Amendoim Ilma
Amendoim Hilca Ilma
Hilca Ilma

^1 As they are members of the losing team, Andréa and Thiago were not eligible to vote in the second Tribal Council vote.
^2 At Day 22, a Semi-Finals challenge was held instead of a Portal vote, where Andréa & Juliana and Elaine & Pipa were paired. The pair that loses the challenge would be eliminated.


  • This season produced the first all female final four on the Survivor franchise.
  • As this was the first experience of a reality show in Brazil, sociologists and psychologists have questioned what they saw as the lack of commitment of the show with human rights and accused the production of being "sadistic" and "irresponsible." The program was also accused of being futile for exploiting the participants' narcissism.[1]


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