The Paris-Dakar Rally Comes to Peru

The Paris-Dakar Rally. The words conjure up images of international daredevils and their off-road machines flying across sand dunes in the ultimate test of technology, nerve and stamina.

For 2019, all those images will still hold true, however the setting of the rally will be a little different. Here’s a hint; maybe, for 2019, they should rename it the Lima-Lima Rally.

Yes, for the first time in its 42-year history the Paris-Dakar Rally (generally referred to as “The Dakar”) will feature a 3,100-mile (5,000 km) loop course with both the starting and finish lines being in Lima.

On January 6, 2019, hundreds of rugged cars, motorcycles, trucks, quads and UTVs took off from Lima for an 11-day test of mechanical skill and human endurance. The eyes of the racing world will return to Lima on January 17, when the winners will cross the finish line.

The Dakar has been held in South America since 2009, when security concerns forced organizers to abandon the traditional European-African route. Since then, Lima has served as the race’s starting point twice, and its finish line once.

While we don’t know who will emerge triumphant from this year’s Dakar, we do know that the winners, their crews and fans will have ample world-class restaurants, bars and clubs in which to celebrate.

Lima is in a celebratory mood all year long. Ready to join the fun? Check out the discounted trips below.