Dakar 2018 : Peru, Bolivia, Argentina
Key points :
- The 40th edition of the Dakar, which will also be the 10th organised on the South American continent, will be held from 6-20 January 2018.
- Five years after their last visit to Peru, the competitors will return to the Pacific Ocean and Lima, for the start of the rally. The Dakar will then head to Bolivia, with a rest day in La Paz, then continue on to Córdoba in Argentina, a city synonymous with rally where, for the first time, the race will conclude.
"I wish above all else that we all have a thought for the Peruvian people who are victim of unprecedented natural disasters during this time”, declared Etienne Lavigne in opening the presentation conference for the 2018 edition, to mark the solidarity between the Dakar and the Peruvian people and government that are currently confronting torrential rain caused by the El Niño Costero weather phenomenon that is effecting the North coast of the country.
The Dakar organisers are joining the campaign promoted by the Peruvian government #UnaSolaFuerza, which is developing a solidarity plan to respond to the urgency of the situation defined by the authorities of the country.
The reunion with Peru on January, for the 40th edition of the rally will asure intense and emotional moments. Discovering the Ica desert made an impact on the riders and crews in 2012 and 2013. In January, they will have the opportunity to surf, once again, on these dunes that pose a demanding and varied challenge. Then a new version of the Andes trilogy will come, with the exploration of the two faces of Lake Titicaca to celebrate the entry of the rally in Bolivia.
After Lima, a second capital will host the Dakar, 4,000 metres higher, for the rest day in La Paz. The adventure will continue on the Bolivian Altiplano, before an equally selective phase of the race in heading to Argentina. The changing landscape of the country can be approached on this straight shot, with the finish line at a prestigious destination for all rally aficionados.