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5-17 January 2020
Dakar Rally

It has been announced that the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally will be staged in Saudi Arabia, moving from South America where the event has been ran since 2009 after moving from Africa.

The 2020 route will see the race starting in Jeddah and ending in Al Qiddiya.
If you are interested in travelling to watch the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia as a spectator, please contact the Grandstand Team and we will be happy to discuss your travel requirements in more detail.
5-17 January 2020

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A tour-guide led full group package to enjoy the 2019 Dakar Rally in its entirety. Take in the whole of this amazing event as it travels through the dunes, hills and gorges of southern Peru.

Length: 14 days plus overnight flight back to the UK
Group Size: 16 passengers with a driver and separate full-time guide/tour leader Accommodation: 3-star hotels throughout



Saturday 5th January - Arrive Lima
We will be waiting for you at Lima airport to meet you on your arrival in the capital of Peru, the land of the Incas. You will be taken by private transfer to your hotel in the cosmopolitan Miraflores area. After you’ve checked in the rest of the day is yours to explore the area. There are numerous cafes and restaurants within a stone’s throw of your hotel all waiting to introduce you to Peru’s fine cuisine.
Hotel: El Tambo I, Miraflores

Sunday 6th January – The Dakar Begins!
After breakfast this morning, we will pick you up and take you to the start line in Lima to watch as the 2019 Dakar Rally officially begins. You’ll be in the perfect position to see all the drivers and riders start their adventure before we take you back to your hotel this evening. (B)
Hotel: El Tambo I, Miraflores

Monday 7th January – Down to Paracas
The Dakar will head into the dunes today as it sets out from Lima following the Pacific coast to the iconic Paracas peninsula. This arid terrain has always been a tough test for people and vehicles alike, so you’re sure to see plenty of thrills and spills as we enjoy a whole day’s racing before heading to our hotel for the night. (B)
Hotel: El Emancipador, Paracas

Tuesday 8th January – Paracas to Marcona
You will be able to enjoy the whole of Stage Two today, as the drivers and riders head further down to the coast to San Juan de Marcona. This will be another tough stage of towering sand dunes, dry river beds and all the other rough terrain which helps make the Dakar such a great event. (B)
Hotel: Blessed, Marcona

Wednesday 9th January – Marcona to Arequipa
Today we’ll follow Stage 3 of the race, as the competitors head inland from the Pacific coast and up into the foothills of the Andes. We’ll end the day by arriving in the beautiful city of Arequipa. Known as the ‘White City’ for the white granite used to construct the buildings in its lovely historic centre, this is many people’s favourite city in Peru, and you’ll be able to judge for yourself, starting with a taste of the fantastic Arequipeñan food tonight! (B)
Hotel: Casona Terrace, Arequipa

Thursday 10th January – Stage 4 Marathon
The Dakar heads back out from Arequipa today heading further south into Peru towards the town of Moquegua. The terrain here is less desert and more rocky scrubland, punctuated by steep gullys and inclines. The cars and trucks will actually continue on past Moquegua in the afternoon as they barrel down to the Chilean frontier near Tacna, but we will stay in Moquegua tonight. (B)
Hotel: Principado, Moquegua

Friday 11th January – Stage 5 Marathon
The Marathon stages finish today as everyone heads back to Arequipa, and we’ll be perfectly placed to see the bikes leave this morning, and then watch as the cars and trucks arrive back from Tacna this afternoon. These Marathon stages will have been incredibly tough on competitors and machines alike, so it will be fascinating to see who is still with us after today. (B)
Hotel: Casona Terrace, Arequipa


Saturday 12th January – Rest Day in Arequipa
The drivers and riders will be having a well-earned rest day today, and happily there’s nowhere better for you to enjoy some free time than Arequipa. The former closed convent of Santa Catalina formed almost a city within the city for hundreds of years, with its own private streets, houses and churches, but today it’s opened up to the public as a huge open museum – giving a fantastic look into medieval life here in the New World.
Arequipa itself also has some beautiful colonial architecture to enjoy, as well as a couple of Peru’s best museums, and great restaurants and markets. (B)
Hotel: Casona Terrace, Arequipa

Sunday 13th January – Down to Marcona
The race re-starts today as the competitors leave Arequipa behind and head back down to the Pacific coast and the town of Marcona. We’ll be there to see the best of the action before heading to Marcona ourselves this evening. (B) Hotel: Blessed, Marcona

Monday 14th January – Stage Seven around Marcona
Last year this stage was brutal, as the Dakar heads up into the slopes and scree to the north of Marcona for possibly the most treacherous section of the whole race. The drivers and riders will need all their wits about them to come through on top today. (B)
Hotel: Blessed, Marcona


Tuesday 15th January – Down to Paracas
We’ll drive north from Marcona this morning, following the Pacific coast to the iconic Paracas peninsula as we watch Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally. This arid terrain has always been a tough test for people and vehicles alike, so you’re sure to see plenty of thrills and spills as we enjoy a whole day’s racing before heading to our hotel in Paracas for the night. (B)
Hotel: El Emancipador, Paracas

Wednesday 16th January – Stage Nine around Paracas
You will be able to enjoy the whole of Stage Nine today, as the drivers and riders head in a loop out from Paracas across the dunes of the Ica Desert. This terrain is an incredible challenge for everyone, but promises one of the most spectacular days of the whole race. (B)
Hotel: El Emancipador, Paracas

Thursday 17th January – The Final Stage
Today will see the culmination of the last 11 days of racing, as the competitors head back north from Pisco to the finish line in Lima. You’ll follow the whole stage so that you can enjoy the full last day of the 2019 Dakar Rally. (B) Hotel: El Tambo I, Miraflores

Friday 18th January - Last day in Peru
Depending on your international flight time, you may have a chance to see a bit more of Lima today, and we’d be delighted to organise a tour of the historic centre for you, or a trip to see the pre-Inca temples of Pachacamac, but whatever time you need to leave we’ll be at your hotel to pick you and take you back to the airport in plenty of time for your international flight.



Flight inclusive prices start at £3449 per person based on two people sharing. Shorter packages to view either the start or finishing stages of the event are also available - please contact us for a tailor-made itinerary and price.

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