It’s official: 2018 the Dakar Rally, the most famous and toughest off-road rally, is back in Peru.
In 2012 Peru welcomed the Dakar Rally for the first time for some race stages and then a year later the Peruvian capital Lima hosted the starting ceremony of the 34th Dakar Rally. But Peru has been absent from the rally since and announced shortly after the 2017 Dakar Rally that the country would love to host the rally again making Peru the Grand start of the Dakar 2018.
Dakar Rally 2018
This wish now is reality. On January 6, 2018, the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally kicks off in the Peruvian capital Lima. Over the following two weeks the vehicles, drivers and their team will be challenged by a wide range of different terrains and landscapes on their way south. The rally ends on January 20, 2018 in Cordoba in Argentina.
Dakar Rally 2018 route
Divided into 14 stages the Dakar Rally 2018 runs from Lima south through the Andes to the Titicaca Lake, crosses there into Bolivia and heads to the Bolivian capital of La Paz. Continuing further south through the vast and varied terrain of Argentina the rally concludes in Cordoba.
Dakar Rally 2018 stages
- Stage 1 (January 6, 2018): Lima - Pisco
- Stage 2 (January 7, 2018): Pisco - Pisco
- Stage 3 (January 8, 2018): Pisco - San Juan de Marcona
- Stage 4 (January 9, 2018): San Juan de Marcona - San Juan de Marcona
- Stage 5 (January 10, 2018): San Juan de Marcona - Arequipa
- Stage 6 (January 11, 2018): Arequipa - La Paz
- Rest Day (January 12, 2018) in La Paz
- Stage 7 (January 13, 2018): La Paz - Uyuni
- Stage 8 (January 14, 2018): Uyuni - Tupiza
- Stage 9 (January 15, 2018): Tupiza - Salta
- Stage 10 (January 16, 2018): Salta - Belén
- Stage 11 (January 17, 2018): Belén - Chilecito
- Stage 12 (January 18, 2018): Chilecito - San Juan
- Stage 13 (January 19, 2018): San Juan - Córdoba
- Stage 14 (January 20, 2018): Córdoba- Córdoba