The majestic dunes of Ica starred in the third stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally

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The majestic dunes of Ica starred in the third stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally
  • The Pisco-San Juan de Marcona route covered 502 kilometers, making it the longest route in the competition so far.
  • Peruvian Alexis Hernandez from the quad category was the most outstanding Peruvian athlete of the day, finishing second and fourth in the general standings.
  • The oasis of La Huacachina and the valleys of this region witnessed the racers who did not stop receiving the support of the spectators- passing by.
San Juan de Marcona, January 8, 2018.- Many areas of the Ica region were the protagonists of the third stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, which this year celebrates its 40th edition and that goes through Peruvian soil for the third time in its history. The fans enjoyed the performance of the participants who had to push themselves to avoid getting stranded in the incomparable dunes of Peru, in a stage full of adventure and energy that linked Pisco with San Juan de Marcona along 502 kilometers.
Among the most important Peruvian pilots in the present stage is Alexis Hernández, who runs in the quad category and finished in second place. The Peruvian athlete left behind the Argentine Pablo Copetti and the Russian Sergei Kariakin, champion in the 2017 edition.
Hernández said, “I went out relaxed. I pushed when I could, accelerated where I had a chance and slowed down whenever it was necessary. Let’s go Peru!
On the other hand, Peruvians Juan Carlos Uribe and Javier Uribe won the first place in the SxS category at this stage. Thanks to this, the Ica men managed to increase the advantage they have over the vehicle that runs second in the general standings of the 2018 Dakar.
In today’s route the city of Ica was crossed, a place of great importance in Peru for the pre-Columbian civilizations that originated there and that left a cultural heritage that lasts until our times. To the south of the town is the natural oasis of La Huacachina, where visitors connected with nature and enjoyed unique landscapes in the world.
In Ica you can practice adventure sports thanks to the high dunes that are found in the area. One of them is sandboarding, where adventurers can slide downhill living an unforgettable experience full of adrenaline. Also, visitors can ride in bogies, imitating what the drivers of the Dakar Rally live, the most demanding race in the world that chose Peru as a starting point this year.


The Ica region is also the where the Paracas civilization settled or the mystical Nasca Lines, and it shelters the largest producers of pisco, the national drink of Peru. Its wineries are part of the well-known “Ruta del Pisco”, and are located in its extensive countryside, bathed in sunshine all year round, which favors the cultivation of grapes of different varieties
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For more information on the activities that will take place during the Dakar Rally, visit:

Perú, Mucho Gusto Fair – Puno: January 10th and 11th at Cuartel Manco Cápac.
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