The world’s most challenging off-road endurance race, the Dakar Rally 2012. Due to security threats in Mauritania, which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, the 2009 Dakar Rally was run in South America (Argentina and Chile). It was the first time the race took place outside of Europe and Africa.
It has stayed in South America from 2009 to the present (2012). The race is open to amateur and professional entries.
Amateurs typically make up about eighty percent of the participants.
The race began January 1 and will conclude January 15 in Lima.