The Dakar Rally to Return to Peru in 2018

The Dakar Rally will return to Peru in 2018 after a four-year hiatus. This international endurance event attracts off-road racers from around the world for its challenging 14-stage route across the vast and varying terrain of three South American nations. The 40th edition of the Dakar Rally will include stages in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina.

On January 6th, the race is set to begin in Lima, Peru. The route through Peru includes stages in Pisco, San Juan de Marcona, and Arequipa before crossing the Andes and skirting Lake Titicaca into La Paz, Bolivia, followed by stages in Argentina. The race concludes in Cordoba, Argentina on January 20, 2018. The full race schedule is as follows:

  • 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

Amateur and professional racers from around the world will compete in four main categories: motorcycles, quads, cars, and trucks. Each stage can range in distance from a few kilometers to 900 kilometers (560 miles) per day across challenging and varying terrain. The last time Peru hosted the Dakar Rally was in 2013, and Peruvians and foreigners alike anxiously await its 2018 return!