Dakar route 2019

The Dakar rally has had a near magical way of demonstrating the exceptional for a long time. Each year, the drivers and their teams face an extraordinary challenge, combining varied, extreme difficulties. For the 2019 event, the traditional set-up has once again been overhauled, and is sure to be one of the most challenging programmes we have ever seen. Continuing its Peruvian adventure, the Dakar rally is offering a dense set of obstacles and promises to be a new kind of epic - comparable to the monohulls of the Vendée Globe taking part in a 10-day regatta in the roaring forties. The brave individuals who have already experienced the Peruvian sands have made no mistake, and will once again form the biggest bivouac camp in the world of cross country, near to Pisco and Arequipa in particular, after leaving Lima on 7 January. 
The intense challenge they face will push them to their limits in getting over dunes, navigation and physical strength: in the dunes, one kilometre is equivalent to two or even three kilometres elsewhere.

Étienne Lavigne
Dakar Rally Director