2009 - Rising from the ashes in Buenos Aires

The Dakar picks itself up and crosses the Atlantic to rise from the ashes. A new era dawns with 4 million spectators turning out in force to cheer on the drivers and riders in the majestic landscapes of Argentina and Chile.

2012 - Pacific challenge

After three years with a route starting and ending in Buenos Aires, the organisers break the mould with a finish on the Pacific coast of Lima, Peru.

2014 - Dizzying heights

Bolivia becomes the 28th country to host the Dakar. The Altiplano and Salar de Uyuni introduce a new test for the competitors: extreme altitude, which takes a toll on both their bodies and their machines.

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