Before the competitors even start their engines, most of the vehicles racing in the Dakar will already have travelled several thousand miles. That is at least the case for those boarding at Le Havre for a transatlantic crossing and a trip through the Panama Canal towards Lima. Everyone’s ultimate goal is to reach Córdoba on 20th January.

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November 2017
Le Havre, France
Technical checks for European vehicles, both race and assistance vehicles. Loading onto the charter vessel for three weeks at sea, headed for Lima in Peru, via the Panama Canal.

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Port of Callao, Lima, Peru
Recovery of vehicles at the port of Lima.

From Wednesday 3rd to the morning of Friday 5th January
Las Palmas Air Base, Lima, Peru
Administrative and technical checks.

Friday 5th January
Pentagonito, Lima, Peru
Assistance and race briefing

Saturday 6th January
Pentagonito, Lima
Start podium for the 1st stage “Lima/Pisco” of the 40th edition of the Dakar, 2018 (Peru, Bolivia, Argentina).

Friday 12th January
La Paz, Bolivia
Day off in the world’s highest capital. In 2017, an impressive crowd of 1 million spectators turned out to welcome the competitors.

Saturday 20th January
Córdoba, Argentina
14th and last stage of the 40th edition of the Dakar. Unprecedented closing ceremony and podium, in the heart of the city of Córdoba.