ABOUT THE DAKAR RALLY IN SOUTH AMERICA
When did the Dakar move to South America and why?
In 2008, literally on the eve of the beginning of the rally in Lisbon, Portugal, the Dakar was cancelled after organizers received serious terrorist threats in Mauritania and felt the safety of riders and teams could not be guaranteed. The first of the Dakar Rallies in South America was held in 2009, so 2014 is the sixth time the continent has hosted the world’s most famous motorsports event. The 2014 event goes to Argentina, Bolivia and Chile
Where did the first five South American Dakar Rallies go?
2009, 2010 and 2011 the Dakar started in Buenos Aires, travelled over the Andes into Chile then returned in a giant loop to also finish in the Argentinean capital. In 2009 the rally went to Valparaiso in Chile, in 2010 to Antofagasta and in 2011 to Arica on Chile’s northern most border with Peru. The 2012 Dakar started in Mar Del Plata (south of the capital Buenos Aires) crossed the continent from east to west then finished in Lima. Peru was the 27th country to be visited by the Dakar Rally. In 2013 the Dakar started in Lima, Peru and finished in Santiago, Chile, taking in parts of Argentina on the way. In 2014, Bolivia becomes the 28th country to be part of the Dakar Rally. This edition starts in Rosario, Argentina and finishes in Valparaiso, Chile.