Set to be contested in three different countries, the 39th edition of the Dakar Rally will kick off on January 2, 2017 in Paraguay’s capital Asunción.

Starting from Paraguay for the first time ever, the 2017 edition of the Dakar will feature more stages in Bolivia, before moving on to the more familiar territories of Argentina.

The addition of Paraguay will add up to the total number of countries the Dakar has visited to 29. Paraguay has already gotten a taste of rally-raid action with the Desafío Guaraní.

For the first time in Dakar’s history Paraguay’s capital Asunción will experience the big send off to the competitors for their 9,000km journey in the lands of South America. Half of the route planned for Dakar 2017 will consist of tracks the event has never visited before.

Following a short detour into Argentina, the rally will head towards Bolivia, for the fourth consecutive year. The 2017 Dakar will include five stages in Bolivia, with riders and crews enjoying their rest day in La Paz at nearly 4,000 metres above sea level.

The second week will take on an Argentinean accent of twists and turns and contrasts in terrain. This will be the ninth visit of the rally to Argentina. The third capital city on the 2017 route, Buenos Aires will host the finish of the rally for the fifth time.

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