The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid type of off-road race, organized by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass, and rocks. The distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800–900 kilometers (500–560 mi) per day. Most events since its inception in 1978 were from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats the Dakar Rally has been having its run in South America. The 2013 rally will be Dakar's 5th year in South America and 35th anniversary.
Argentina Stops in the Dakar Rally
Argentina's open spaces, hilly landscapes, and varied climates make for a perfect setting for the kind of off-road rallies Dakar holds. Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata have seen the dusty, souped up, Dakar vehicles race through their cities. The race has been embraced by Argentines all over the country. From Dakar's official website:
"Its extent, from north to south and from east to west, produces several very different aspects of the same country. In terms of climate, relief or lifestyle, the many regions that make up Argentina are characterised by their variety. Whilst the contrasts are plentiful with regard to landscapes, the enthusiasm for motorsport is however uniformly distributed throughout the land."
Now, it's Tucuman's turn in 2013.
Lima -> Tucuman -> Santiago
The 2013 version of the Dakar rally will be in three stages, starting in Lima, Peru, going through Tucuman, Argentina, and then finishing up in Santiago, Chile. You can see a detailed image of the route here.
When: January 5th to the 20th - the Dakar Rally will take place in Peru, Argentina, and Chile