Chasing Dakar – South America
The Dakar Rallye is the single most extraordinary race of its kind. The race started in 1979 as a race from Paris to Dakar. In 2009 the race was moved to South America
In 2018 we are doing it differently. We will organise all the pre-trip logistics and will be there on the ground in South America Chasing Dakar with you to help out and use our 6 years of lessons learnt to keep you right there amongst the action.
It won’t be an organised Dakar tour. There won’t be any backup vehicle. There won’t be any pre-booked hotels. You are free to do what you like. Stay where you like, whether its 5 star hotel or camping around a campfire. Go where you like whether its watching the Trucks going over dunes or watching the bikes carving trails. It will be a ‘Back to Basics’ Chasing Dakar for 2018.
As part of the logistics package we will organise the bike freight or if you prefer to hire a bike we will get you in touch with a reliable hire bike company in South America. It’s taken us years to find reliable companies in South America.
Join us for an incredible motorcycle adventure ‘Chasing Dakar’. From the podium start in Lima through deserts and over the Andes we follow this amazing race. Get ready for some big days of riding and make sure you have plenty of spare SD cards for your camera. We witness the action like no other ride. From the start to the finish we get you where the action is.
On this expedition we ‘Chase Dakar’. If you want to see full coverage of the event, then stay home and watch it on TV. On the other hand if you want to Touch, Smell, Feel and Taste Dakar. Then join us on this incredible journey.
- Pre tour logistics pack
- Freight assistance
- Hire company recommendations
- Assistance on the ground in South America
- An action packed ride Chasing Dakar
What’s not included:
- Anything not listed in the ‘What’s included’ above
THE 2018 DAKAR ITINERARY WONT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL MAY.
ONCE THE RALLY ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE THE ROUTE.
PERU AGAIN FIVE YEARS LATER
For its 40th edition, that will also be the 10th edition on the South American continent, the Dakar will reacquaint itself with the Pacific Ocean and especially the Peruvian dunes, which the riders and drivers will tackle after having enjoyed several days in the capital, Lima. The race will continue in Bolivia, where the rest day will take place in a supercharged atmosphere in La Paz. In terms of enthusiasm and good naturedness, the Argentinean aficionados are on a level playing field with their neighbours, in particular in Córdoba, which will host the finish of the Dakar for the first time.
PROGRAM OF THE 2018 CHASING DAKAR RIDE
01/01 – 03/01: Ride from Santiago Chile to Lima Peru
03/01 – 05/01: Competitor scrutineering in Lima Peru
06/01: Start podium Lima – Pisco
07/01: Pisco – Pisco
08/01: Pisco – San Juan de Marcona
09/01: San Juan de Marcona – San Juan de Marcona
10/01: San Juan de Marcona – Arequipa
11/01: Arequipa – La Paz
12/01: Rest Day La Paz, Bolivia
13/01: La Paz – Uyuni
14/01: Uyuni – Tupiza
15/01: Tupiza – Salta
16/01: Salta – Belén
17/01: Belén – Chilecito
18/01: Chilecito – San Juan
19/01: San Juan – Córdoba
20/01: Córdoba to finish in Córdoba Argentina
21/01 – 24/01: Ride to Santiago Chile
THREE COUNTRIES: PERU, BOLIVIA AND ARGENTINA
Peru, the epicentre of Spanish colonial power and expansion in the 16th century, remains, in spite of the separation in 1825 with Bolivia (formerly known as Upper Peru), the third biggest country on the South American continent. The rarity of precipitation has maintained zones that are completely desertified, which the Dakar had already started to explore in 2012 and 2013. On the Dakar’s first finish in Peru, only the year’s most valiant riders and drivers experienced the pride of climbing onto the podium in Lima. The following year, the Peruvian fans witnessed a consecration when one of their own riders, Ignacio Flores, was victorious in the quad race on the first stage in Pisco. For its return to the Dakar map, the country will be boasting a larger contingent, most certainly reinforced by Nicolas Fuchs, 12th in the car race last January for his debut on the event.
The capital of Peru is the 5th biggest city in Latin America. It stands out especially thanks to the buildings of its UNESCO world heritage listed historical centre. In the City of Kings, the riders and drivers who completed the Dakar 2012 were dazzled by the Plaza de Armas, to which one million spectators flocked. The aficionados also came in huge numbers to the waterfront of Magdalena for the “scrutineering” in 2013 and the starting podium in Chorillos. They can now put a new date in their diaries.
In addition to its usual visitors, in 2014, Bolivia welcomed the Dakar’s competitors for the first time for an incursion that enabled the bikers to discover the sumptuous Salar de Uyuni salt flats, the biggest salt desert in the world. In 2015, the car crews also tasted the unique welcome that the Bolivians are capable of reserving for the rally, before the entire bivouac took up residence at Uyuni in 2016. On the 2017 edition, the local fans were rewarded for their encouragements in Tupiza by a stage victory in the quad race for one of their standard bearers, Walter Nosiglia. The stay on the Altiplano high plains, disrupted by exceptional weather conditions, witnessed a severe cull among the Dakar competitors’ ranks. In 2018, they will continue to explore the adoptive country of Simon Bolivar, the liberator of the continent.
The administrative powers of the country are divided between two capitals, with Sucre playing host to the supreme court. La Paz has the distinction of being the highest capital in the world, at an altitude of 3,600 metres, where, for example, water boils at 87°C! In this atmosphere where oxygen is rarer, on the most recent edition of the rally, the competitors on the Dakar were especially impressed by the energy and enthusiasm shown by the inhabitants who came to support them on the rest day.
The Argentineans have experienced great moments of joy with riders and drivers that have represented them on the rally. The Patronelli saga gave them plenty to cheer about with five trophies won in the quad category by Marcos and Alejandro between 2010 and 2016… The country’s sky blue and white colours are also vallianlty defended in the car category by Orlando Terranova, who is a regular pretender for a podium finish and came 6th last January. Argentina has also demonstrated its versatility through the emergence of young riders such as Kevin Benavides (4th in 2016) and now Franco Caimi (8th in 2017), whilst Federico Villagra has succeeded in his conversion to the truck category by finishing 3rd in 2016 and then 4th in 2017, with his sights now on the title…
The second biggest city in Argentina is also one of the hubs of intellectural and cultural life. It owes this dynamism in part to its young student inhabitants, who make up 12% of the population, one of the highest rates in the world. For rally lovers, it is home to one of the most prestigious legs of the world championship. Carlos Sainz left long-lasting memories in the hearts of the spectators, whilst for Sébastien Loeb it was one of his favourite venues (with 8 consecutive victories between 2005 and 2013!). Yet, it was on these tracks that he lost any chance of victory on the penultimate stage of the Dakar 2017!
A video from our 2016 tour. It gives you an idea what it’s like.
This was our setup for one of the 2015 stages. It was unbelievable.
Dakar Rally: 1st Jan – 25th Jan 2018 (TBC)