Dakar Peru 2019: Experience Dakar From The Ground With Vipac!!

The annual Dakar Rally is a rally-raid competition that has been organized by the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) since 1978. It is considered to be the most top-tier and challenging rally in the world, attracting only the best competitors on the planet, and showcasing an array of top-of-the-line race vehicles, as well as talented assistants, with the million-dollar logistics that all that implies. Off-road vehicles of five different categories compete for the best race times as they make their way across a variety of paths across the desert. Cars, motorcycles, trucks, ATVS, and UTVS adapted for a variety of terrains and prepared with the latest navigation technology come together for spectacle worthy of a live viewing.

Following are some of the figures that demonstrate the magnitude of this anticipated event:


In its 41st edition, the Dakar Rally has visited 29 counties in Europe, Africa, and South America. This event is the second-most important of its kind – coming in after Formula 1 – with 77% notoriety. Its 2018 edition includes 523 participants from 54 nationalities, and 335 registered race vehicles: 188 motorcycles and quads, 103 cars and SxS, and 44 trucks. In addition, the event brings with it incredible media coverage. There are 1,900 accredited journalists and seventy channels – which include Fox Sports and France Televisions Sports – that transmit the rally in 190 countries. Considering the importance and prevalence of the digital world, there are an estimated 2.8 million fans who will be interacting on a variety Internet and social platforms each day. Thus, there is an estimated 4.5 million people who will be in some way present on the desert trails each day during the exciting and much anticipated Dakar Rally. It is basically one big fiesta! Luckily, the hosts benefit from the event, as around 300 million dollars – as calculated in 2009 – are incorporated into the local economy.[1]

Beyond being a wonderful spectacle for local and foreign onlookers, this event looks to do so responsibly, donating to and investing in projects that benefit the environment as well as the local population. The Greenoxx Project, for example, aims to compensate for the carbon footprint left by the event by protecting the Amazon in Madre de Dios, and directly benefits the projects overseen by the ‘TECHO Para mi Pais’ organization in areas where the race passes by and affects residents.

How did the Dakar Rally arrive in Peru? The Rally originally began in a European city, and made its way to the city of Dakar, capital of Senegal. For many years, that European city was Paris. In 1995, however, the point of departure began to vary from Granada, to Lisboa and Barcelona, and would conclude in Egyptian cities, like Cairo and Sharm el-Sheij. These changes were mainly due to political and advertising reasons.

After the French government suspended the 2008 edition – subsequent to terrorist threats made by Al Qaeda members in Mauritania – the ASO made the decision to transfer the rallies to South America. Thus, since 2009 the races have been held in a variety of South American countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru.

The 2019 D-kar is 100% Peru!

“Because of its varied terrain, Peru is the only Latin American country in which a Dakar can be organized,” according to Robin Cassuto[2], ASO director of foreign matters.

In 2019, ten years after the first Latin American edition of the rally, the Dakar will take participants on a loop through Peru – beginning and ending in Lima. The magnificent geographic conditions of Peru’s sandy desert coastline play an integral role in the race, providing an ideal track for competing vehicles. Thus, Peru will be the sole host of the 2019 rally, held from the 6th to the 17th of January. This upcoming edition will subject teams and drivers, machines, and general morale to a whole new set of unpredictable challenges. Only the best will triumph.


We at VIPAC have carefully prepared experiences that allow you to live this once-in-a-lifetime event from the ground, guided by professionals and accompanied by a specialized team who will be in charge of making sure things run seamlessly from the very start. Guests can choose from different experience options. There are full day excursions, or experiences that last up to three days, the latter of which begin on the same day as the rally, and allow you to partake in the first leg, spanning from Lima to Pisco, before you make your way into one of the incredible camp grounds known as ‘Bivouac,’ where you can enjoy the exclusive luxury of being in the middle of the Peruvian desert, accompanied only by those able to maneuver the unpredictable desert sands and off-road terrains. Evenings will be spent comfortably camping in one of the authorized ASO campsites.

The 2019 Dakar Rally route:

  • January 6th: Lima departure ceremony
  • January 7th: 1st Leg – Lima-Pisco
  • January 8th: 2nd Leg – Pisco-San Juan de Marcona
  • January 9th: 3rd Leg – San Juan de Marcona-Arequipa
  • January 10th: 4th Leg (Marathon) – Arequipa-Moquegua (motorcycles and quads) y Arequipa–Tacna (cars, trucks and SxS)
  • January 11th: 5th Leg (Marathon) – Moquegua-Arequipa (motorcycles and quads) and Tacna-Arequipa (cars, trucks and SxS)
  • January 12th: Day of rest in Arequipa
  • January 13th: 6th Leg – Arequipa-San Juan de Marcona
  • January 14th: 7th Leg – San Juan de Marcona-San Juan de Marcona
  • January 15th: 8th Leg – San Juan de Marcona-Pisco
  • January 16th: 9th Leg – Pisco-Pisco
  • January 17th: 10th Leg – Pisco-Lima

[1] Dakar web https://www.dakar.com/es/universo-dakar/las-cifras

[2] Diario Gestion Perú https://gestion.pe/economia/rally-dakar-2019-100-peruano-genera-amores-odios-pais-237654

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