Dakar Rally Tour
Rally Tours NZ is committed to operating its 5th DAKAR Rally Tour in 2018
We have done the Dakar on four previous occasions and have a very good idea as to what is involved in the operation of a successful Dakar tour.
NOTE: The 2018 Dakar starts January 6th in Peru, then continues through to Bolivia and concludes in Cordoba/Argentina 20th January.
Rally Tours, ship our own Land Cruiser fleet from NZ so that we can access the off road viewing locations, traverse the high altitudes and cope with the long distances and varied weather conditions.
2018 details to follow shortly, meantime here are details of the 2017 tour…
We like to be at the start and also to view the technical checking on the day before.
The route will take us North to Salta and then into Bolivia to altitude.
The rest day (which is always appreciated) is in La Paz this year which is very exciting.
The return journey to the finish in Buenos Aires is via some of the traditional central desert and dune regions of Argentina which we have intimate knowledge of from previous years.
However, no one, including the crews know the exact route until the night before which is what makes the Dakar the mystery that it is.
The world’s most amazing motorsport event…
The Dakar features up to 500 competition vehicles, Bikes, Quads, Cars, and Trucks. The “Dakar Circus” including competitors, service vehicles, organisation and followers can number up to 2000 vehicles. Be part of the Dakar experience in 2017 !!
31st January 2016. Fly from your country of origin, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Russia, UK or South Africa to join us in Asuncion, Paraguay by the afternoon of the 31st December 2016 to have the best New Year’s Eve party imaginable………..
01st January 2017. Using our NZ Registered Overland prepared Toyota Land Cruisers we leave Asuncion on the evening of the 1st of January 2017 and cross the border into Argentina to overnight in Formosa.
02nd January. Formosa to Resistencia. The Dakar 2017 edition is underway and it’s probably a shakedown day for most of the crews to get reunited with the roads and tracks of Argentina.
03rd January. Resistencia to San Miguel de Tucumen. The flat fast unforgiving Argentinean roads and sandy tracks will test man and machinery. There are some vast distances to be covered today by both competitors, service crews and ourselves to finish near SM de Tucumen.
04th January. SM de Tucumen to Villazon (Bolivia). We will see a stage in the Jujury area this morning before heading to the Bolivian border to cross at Villazon. It’s imperative that we cross into Bolivia today so that we stay ahead of the Dakar circus.
05th January. Villazon to Potosi. No hurry to move this morning as the Dakar competitors cross the border this morning en route to Tupiza. We will set ourselves up on stage to witness their first play in Bolivia, probably at speed in a local river bed.
06th January. Potosi to Oruro. Again we have a head start on the Dakar competitors and will intersect them at a point between Potosi, located at 4090m above sea level and our planned overnight stop, Oruro. The terrain in this part of the world is both spectacular and mountainous which makes spectating the event an adventure.
07th January. Oruro to La Paz. This is the Dakar events 4th visit to Bolivia but the first to La Paz situated at 3750m above sea level.
08th January. La Paz. Is the first official rest stop for the competitors and it will be most welcome. We will likely need a rest day too and will take this day to try and arrange a bivouac (service park visit) to get the inside running on how this mammoth event runs and a chance to chat with the organisers and competitors, whom by now we may have had close contact with on the stages.
09th January. La Paz to Potosi. The Rally has a fresh start as of today with lots of rebuilding and rest having taken place on the rest day in La Paz. Today the Dakar heads into familiar Bolivian territory, the Uyuni salt flats which are a legendary part of this event and inject yet another amazing dimension into the race. If the flats are water logged it poses all sorts of problems especially for the motor cycle riders.
Our night stop tonight will be back in Potosi high in the mountains.
10th January. Potosi to Salta. It’s a long days drive back into Argentina today and we may not see any competition rallying as such. However the drive to the Berjemo border crossing is nothing less than spectacular. We will also be travelling with the Dakar service entourage all the way to Salta located in the northern part of Argentina.
11th January. Salta to La Rioja. Meanwhile back in the foot hills of the Velasco mountains, wet weather traditionally plays an important role in the condition of the roads and can affect overall results dramatically. It’s not such a long driving day for us today..
12th January. La Rioja to San Juan. The Dakar may be nearing the end but the conditions are no less challenging. We are back in sandy and dusty conditions on a combination of desert tracks, fast dusty roads and long stage distances to cover. Man and machines will start to fail. The popularity of the Dakar event in Argentina will be obvious as huge crowds gather to witness this spectacle that is the “Dakar”.
13th January. San Juan to Rio Cuarto. Fast, open and dusty roads are the order of today. Maximum speeds will be achieved today and the probable overall results for the classes will start to become evident and the leaders will either be pushing hard to hold lead positions or be driving conservatively to finish….
14th January. Rio Cuarto to Buenos Aires. There will be a short stage early morning just to let competitors know that this mammoth event is not over yet. The event is not over until the finish line has been crossed. The pain and the elation is no more evident that when we follow the leaders (as we did last year following motorcycle class winner Toby Price) 200km on the final touring stage to the finish and then being there to congratulate him and all other winners and finishers over the podium. We also feel a sense of achievement having been part of this amazing motorsport spectacle !!
We didn’t compete in the Dakar but were part of the 2017 edition ….congratulations, you will never forget the experience for all the right reasons !!
15th January. Buenos Aires…. Rally Tours service finishes as of this morning.
However the capital of Argentina is worth spending some time in.
Once you have recovered from the night before consider a relaxed lunch at the Marina, close to the hotel and perhaps a city tour in the afternoon. Most flights depart BA late evening and if staying over for another day, experience a traditional Tango and dinner show. Rally Tours can assist you with additional accommodation, airport transfers and tours in Buenos Aires.
Costs and inclusions – Cost per person POA:
• All event transport including airport transfers. Using our own NZ Registered Toyota Land Cruisers allows us to drive these vehicles through the 3 countries of the 2017 Dakar.
• All accommodation throughout the event which will be a combination of mostly hotels, and possibly tents in Bolivia if necessary.
• All meals from the evening of the 31st Dec to the morning of the 15th Jan. This includes lunches and snacks but excludes alcoholic beverages.
• All entrance fees to the start, stages, and the podium finish. It may be possible to arrange a visit to one of the overnight service parks.
• Services of an experienced 4×4 driver / tour guide throughout the tour. Note: just 3 passenger seats will be sold per vehicle excluding the driver.
• Airfares to and from South America.
• Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Visas is applicable. (Australian, Canadian, US, UK and Russian citizens should check visa requirements for Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia.)
• Tips and Gratuities to local restaurants and hotel staff.
• Purchase of alcoholic beverages and personal purchases.
NOTES: If you are holder of an Australian, Canadian, or UK passport, please check on the link below, for visa requirements.
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