The Dakar Rally 2019 Route Makes History In PeruFor the first time in the Dakar Rally’s history, the Rally will be held solely in Peru. This off-road endurance 2019 event will comprise ten stages over a 5,000 km route, 70% of which is sand and dunes. The rally will begin in Lima on January 6 and is scheduled to finish in Peru's capital on January 17.
67 bikes and quads, 126 cars and 41 trucks will participate in the famous rally which has been a massive event, attracting huge crowds, since its inception in 1979.
If you are an off-road or motor enthusiast, here is the planned schedule for next year:
6 January Start from the podium in Lima Stage 1 7 January Lima to Pisco Stage 2 8 January Pisco to San Juan de Marcona Stage 3 9 January San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa Stage 4 10 January Arequipa to Moquegua for bikes and quads
Arequipa to Tacna for cars, trucks, and SxS
Stage 5 11 January Moquegua to Arequipa for bikes and quads
Tacna to Arequipa for cars, trucks, and SxS
12 January Day of rest in Arequipa Stage 6 13 January Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona Stage 7 14 January San Juan de Marcona to San Juan de Marcona Stage 8 15 January San Juan de Marcona to Pisco Stage 9 16 January Pisco to Pisco Stage 10 17 January Pisco to Lima
As there are many sights in and around these areas, you could easily combine the Dakar racing with a tour of Peru to take in the best of the desert landscape. If you would like more information on must-see destinations in and around Arequipa, Lima or Pisco, contact Perú InsideOut for more details.
Machu Picchu and the new rules: all you need to knowAll the people who plan to visit Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world, must know that from 1st January 2019 the rules of access to the Inca Citadel have changed. Its architecture is an exceptional testimony to the use of natural raw materials with huge walls, terraces and ramps that seem to have been carved into the rock of the mountain slopes.
The Office of the Ministry of Culture of Cusco, to safeguard this World Heritage Site, has introduced important innovations. The first concerns the maximum stay of tourists: 4 hours from their entry to the site. The visits will be divided into two major shifts: the first one, from 6.00 to 12.00, while the second one from 12.00 to 17.00 (local time). The second rule provides for the advance purchase of tickets with an indication of the time of entry.
The goal is that these directives regulate more the large flow of tourists who each year visit the site in order to preserve as long as possible one of the most famous cultural places in Latin America.
Those wishing to have more information can visit the website of the Ministry of Culture www.machupicchu.gob.pe