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Dakar: The overall route
The route designed for the 2010 Dakar on the territories of Argentina and Chile promises to each kind of driver a sequence adapted to their qualities. The long stay in the Atacama Desert will be the climax of a 9000 kilometers loop through the continent. But the global balance of the course with varied difficulties force all to be consistent and careful to the end.

Dakar 2010 - The route

Act I: Finding the right tempo

Speaking a smooth entry would minimize the first three stages of the 2010 Dakar. The days will be long and not only in road section. On already very demanding specials, the most skilful competitors will find an opportunity to build on a position from which they will be able to capitalize. The hard soil will be favorable to technical exploits for its experts in trajectories. They will however have to rapidly switch talents to take on the first little dunes of white sand that they will meet close to Fiambala.

Act II: The dunes of Atacama!

Those who have already visited the Paso San Francisco in 2009 will this time go there using the opposite direction. The road heading there, known as one of the most beautiful in the world will serve as a break before taking on a detailed exploration of the Atacama Desert. The driest part of the world that the competitors will this time discover all the way to the city of Iquique, is the kingdom of dune crossings. During five stages, cut by a rest day at Antofagasta, the riders and crews will head to the north of Chile where off-road mileage will be considerable. It will be without doubt the toughest part of the rally, with reduced road sections: the stop watch will never stop.

Act III: The road of contrast

A change of landscape will occur every day from then on. While there is only one word to talk about sand, all types of soil will, on the other hand, be experienced on the return trip to Buenos Aires, from dunes to flat portions as well as sandy paths that go up the hills of the Mendoza Province. Added to the terrain, it is also visually that the contrasts will be stunning for the competitors as they leave the contours of the Andes Cordillera. On this last part, two stages are long and demanding enough to provoke significant gaps. At a time when bodies and machines will be tiring which should have an impact, the final positions will not be set.

DATE START FINISH Connection Special Connection TOTAL
01/01 Buenos Aires Colon 317 km 0 km 0 km 317 km
02/01 Colon Cordoba 349 km Bikes/Quads: 219 km 84 km 652 km
Cars/Trucks: 251 km 684 km
03/01 Cordoba La Rioja 56 km Bikes/Quads: 294 km 276 km 626 km
Cars/Trucks: 355 km 687 km
04/01 La Rioja Fiambala 259 km 182 km 0 km 441 km
05/01 Fiambala Copiaco 394 km 203 km 32 km 629 km
06/01 Copiapo Antofagasta 90 km 483 km 97 km 670 km
07/01 Antofagasta Iquique 180 km 418 km 0 km 598 km
08/01 Iquique Antofagasta 37 km 600 km 4 km 641 km
09/01 Rest day
10/01 Antofagasta Copiapo 96 km 472 km 0 km 568 km
11/01 Copiapo La Serena 0 km 338 km 209 km 547 km
12/01 La Serena Santiago 112 km 238 km 236 km 586 km
13/01 Santiago San Juan 211 km 220 km 3 km 434 km
14/01 San Juan San Rafael 23 km 476 km 297 km 796 km
15/01 San Rafael Santa Rosa 76 km 368 km 281 km 725 km
16/01 Santa Rosa Buenos Aires 166 km 206 km 335 km 707 km
TOTAL 2 366 km Bikes/Quads: 4 717 km 1 854 km 8 937 km
Cars/Trucks: 4 810 km 9 030 km
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