Arequipa, January 10, 2018.- The department of Arequipa received the 2018 Dakar Rally this afternoon, the most extreme vehicle race in the world. The fans enjoyed a stage that left the immense Peruvian desert to enter the Andes, one of the most important mountain ranges in the world.
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Among the most important figures of this stage are the French driver Stéphane Peterhansel, who won the fifth stage of the race. The athlete achieved this victory on the route covered 268 kilometers (cars). The second place was for Dutchman Bernhard ten Brinke and South African Giniel de Villiers finished third.
For Peterhansel, “the first part of the stage was very short, 52 kilometers I think, but I had never seen such soft dunes. It was super complicated to go to a waypoint because it was so soft, you had to climb sand hills, dunes”.
The most outstanding Peruvians were Juan Carlos Uribe with his co-driver Javier Uribe who were in the second position in the SxS category. Thanks to this they are placed second in the general standings. On the other hand, Alexis Hernández managed to make the podium once again after finishing third in the stage. The outstanding quad rider climbed one position and is in the second place of the general standings.
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The fifth stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally covered the San Juan de Marcona-Arequipa route. The city of Arequipa is known as the White City for its architecture sculpted in sillar. In it you can do different activities in the historic center. One of the activities is to know the Main Square, Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2000, and that is surrounded by the Cathedral and the Portales Flores, San Agustín and the Municipality of Arequipa.
In Arequipa there are also several museums that you can visit. One of them is the Santuario Andinos Archaeological Museum, which shows the Lady of Ampato. This was an Inca mummy found on top of the Ampato volcano in perfect condition.
Outside the city of Arequipa, the region also has the Pacific Ocean coast. Mollendo, which during the summer is very visited by national and foreign tourists, is two hours away and is a city that preserves its buildings made of wood.
On the other hand, to the east is the Colca Canyon. It is considered the second deepest canyon in Peru, reaching to 4350 meters above sea level. The city of Chivay, starting point to visit the region offers exquisite typical food that includes alpaca, guinea pig, trout and “ocopa arequipeña”.
Also, in the Colca area you can visit the Mirador Cruz del Cóndor, a strategic point to observe the condor, an ancient bird that takes advantage of the ascending thermal currents to glide through the air.
For more information on the activities that will take place during the Dakar Rally visit: dakar.peru.travel