For its 6th edition in South America, the Dakar is continuing its exploration of the Argentinean and Chileans regions, by organising a visit to Bolivia. The 2014 route has been marked out between Rosario in Argentina and Valparaiso in Chile, with the aim of testing the endurance qualities of the Dakar’s drivers and teams. Changes regarding the format of the stages have been thought up to facilitate the management of the race and the strategy of each team.
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- Motto : In Unity and Freedom
- Capital : Buenos Aires
- Population : 40.6 million inhabitants
- Surface area : 2, 766, 890 sq. km
- Currency : Argentinean peso
- The leading lights of Argentinean sport : Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi (football), Guillermo Vilas, Gabriela Sabatini, Juan Martin Del Potro (tennis), Manu Ginobili (basketball), Juan Manuel Fangio (motor racing), Angel Cabrera (golf), Carlos Monzon (boxing), Hugo Porta, Juan Martín Hernandez (rugby)
The Argentineans have experienced great moments of happiness with the drivers who have represented them in the rally. In recent years, their flag bearers have proved their ability to succeed in almost every category. In January, Orlando Terranova followed in the footsteps of Lucio Alvarez by also finishing in 5th place in the final over standings, with a victory in the special stage into the bargain. In the motorcycle category, Javier Pizzolito also lived up to expectations by finishing in the Top 10. And in particular, the Patronelli field day continued with the victory of Marcos, who won his second quad title, bringing the family’s number of trophies to four, following that of his brother Alejandro the year before.
- Motto : Unity makes the strength
- Capital :
- Sucre, constitutional capital city of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
- La Paz, seat of government.
Bolivia is located in central South America and has a privileged location that allows having a variety of climate and highlights, and is within the eleven countries with more biodiversity and ecosystems of the world. Bolivia bordered to the east by Brazil, to the southeast by Paraguay, to the south by Argentina, southwest and west by Chile and Peru.
"Salar de Uyuni" is the icon of tourism offer of Bolivia, considered the largest salt desert of the world, with an area of 10,582 km ². It is located about 3650 meters above sea level in the southwest of Bolivia, in the province of Daniel Campos, which is in the region of Potosi. Year after year Salar de Uyuni attracts hundreds of tourists from all around the world for being a unique and amazing destination in the universe.
Today Bolivia has 9 World Heritages granted by UNESCO: the City of Potosi, the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos, the Historic City of Sucre, the Fort of Samaipata, the National Park Noel Kempff Mercado, the Spiritual and Political Center of Tiwanaku Culture, the Majestic Carnival of Oruro, the Kallawaya Culture and the Ichapekene Piesta: major festival of San Ignacio de Moxos.
The Majestic Carnival of Oruro reflecting the folkloric and cultural richness that exists in Bolivia, which was proclaimed by UNESCO as a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity".
- Motto : By reason or by force
- Capital : Santiago de Chile
- Population : 16.7 million inhabitants
- Surface area : 756, 950 sq. km
- Currency : Chilean peso
- The leading lights of Chilean sport : Marcelo Salas, Ivan Zamorano (football), Fernando Gonzalez, Nicola Massu, Marcelo Rios (tennis), Carlo de Gavardo (motorcycling)
From the Atacama Desert, renowned for being the most arid in the world, to the Andes Cordillera, the Dakar’s drivers and teams have experienced the extensive variety of landscapes which Chile has to offer for the past four years. As for sport, the Chileans have become used to seeing the rally through the eyes of their favourite driver, Francisco Lopez, winner of ten stages since the Dakar has taken place in his country. In 2013, Chaleco struggled for the 2nd place until the last day before losing it due to a twist of fate, but he managed to savour the pleasure of getting on the 3rd step of the podium in Santiago, in front of the Palacio de La Moneda. His many supporters can definitely rely on him to aim for victory in Valparaiso. They will also be keeping an eye on the young quad rider Ignacio Casale, who is also capable of a brilliant performance, having finished in 2nd place behind Marcos Patronelli in January.