The 2018 Dakar will start from Peru, a country absent from the tour since 2013, and will pass through Bolivia before ending in Argentina, the organizers officially announced at a press conference in Paris.
The 40th edition of the event will begin its adventure in Lima (January 6) and will head south, towards Bolivia, where a rest day is scheduled for the 12th in La Paz. Then the caravan will face the second part of the test bound for Córdoba, where the final goal is scheduled for the 20th.
“The Dakar in South America is fantastic, it is a unique experience. We have done exceptional tours, fantastic tours and we have been in exciting countries such as Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Paraguay ”, stated Etienne Lavigne, event director.
The last Dakar was marked by bad weather conditions. Two stages, the 6th and 9th, were canceled and three others were cut. In total, 1.495 timed kilometers of the 4.093 initially planned were canceled, that is, more than 30% of the route.