The fifth South American edition of the Dakar Rally, to take place in 2013 will, for the first time in history, finish in Chile. The itinerary, nevertheless, is not certain, with Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia being considered for this edition.
“For the first time, we know where we will arrive, but we don’t know from which country it will start (…) We have recognized the roads in all three countries but after the 2012 race we will see which countries we will include” assured the competition’s director, Etienne Lavigne.
Another one of the definitions of the main responsible of the race has been to discard Brazil, given that this country is busy enough planning the FIFA’s World Cup for 2014 and the Olympic Games for 2016.
“We are very good in South America because here we have organized the best versions of this competition. And the coming one will be the greatest of this event,” added Lavigne in his declarations reproduced by Chilean daily newspaper El Mercurio.
In the same line, Lavigne said he was satisfied with the decision of integrating Peru in the next race, as this “reintroduces the spirit of Dakar of discovering places,” he explained.
Lima will be the setting for the rally’s podium in 2012, after the caravan of motorcycles, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), automobiles and trucks goes through the Atacama Desert in Chile. This will take place already this January, with Dakar starting the 1st of January form the Argentinian beach resort of Mar del Plata and visiting, from Friday, January 6th to Thursday, January 12th, the Chilean cities of Copiapó, Antofagasta, Iquique and Arica.
The 2013 edition, finishing in Chile, brings new opportunities for the country as a travel destination for those who follow these races.