The Dakar arrived in Peru, the perfect excuse to see its landscapes
Beautiful cities, landscapes that steal breath and unique contrasts, is a bit of what you will find who travels to the South American country
The 2019 Rally for the first time will be held in only one country: Peru, and beyond that it will bring together competitors from 61 nationalities, this event is the perfect excuse to learn a little more about the wonders of the South American country.
The competition will take place from January 6 to 17 and will begin in Lima. Participants must leave from the Peruvian capital to Pisco and then reach San Juan de Marcona (Ica), and continue through Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. The rest day is scheduled for January 12, after the Tacna-Arequipa marathon. The last and tenth stage will also end in Lima on January 17.
Each of the sites that will travel the Dakar Rally 2019 (more than 5 thousand kilometers) keeps its own secrets and adventures. Here some tourist destinations that both competitors and spectators can enjoy while attending this important sporting event.
It is the only South American capital whose coasts are bathed by the waters of the Pacific. Its beaches are perfect for surfers and on its piers the gentle breeze is the perfect companion to take a bike ride or just have a relaxing walk.
To walk through the streets of the Peruvian capital is to meet monumental churches, amazing archeological sites and mansions that have seen how the Peruvian capital has been transformed for centuries, and it is precisely in these buildings that the iconic Lima balconies, dating from the viceregal and republican era, and which are a hallmark of the so-called "City of Kings".
Being in Lima you have to know the Larco Museum, where you can see the whole history of the pre-Inca cultures that lived in Peru, or visit the Monumental San Francisco de Lima, which houses a series of underground vaults that served as a burial for members of fraternities and brotherhoods. Throughout the tour skulls, femurs, tibias and fibulae from those buried there are visible, which is why the place has gained fame and been compared to European catacombs.
A single trip is not enough to discover all the wonders that this city offers; However, you should not miss the chance to taste the gastronomic delights. Lima presumes to be the Peruvian gastronomic capital, since there are nine restaurants that were recently awarded the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2018. How to refuse a dinner at: Maido, Central, Astrid y Gastón, Isolina, Rafael, La Mar, Osso , Malabar or Amaz.
Located at 2328 meters above the level of evil, in the southern part of Peru, this city shines and almost all year round it is favored by a sunny climate and a blue sky that invite you to walk and admire the beauty of its monuments, snowy mountains, countryside , volcanoes and deep canyons.
Known as the White City (since many of its buildings are built by sillar, the white stone of the Misti Volcano) has seen the birth of many of the most renowned Peruvian politicians, artists and writers, such as Mario Vargas Llosa. In addition, the traveler here can know the Cathedral Basilica of Arequipa was built during the years 1540 - 1656 and was rebuilt by the architect Lucas Poblete in 1868, after being destroyed by fire.
As a region, Arequipa has innumerable and diverse tourist attractions such as the beautiful Mirador de Yanahuara; the Yura Thermal Baths, known for their therapeutic properties; the Sumbay Caves, famous for their rock art dating from 6000 or 4000 BC One of its biggest attractions is the Colca Canyon, a natural wonder that has a depth of 4160 meters, and from where you can see condors up to 4 meters long.
In Arequipa, the palate also finds a paradise of flavors in its renowned picanterías. It is necessary to delight with the potato cake, the rocoto relleno and the seasonal shrimp chupe, dishes that are usually served in the famous picanterías, declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation by the Ministry of Culture in 2014.
The Paracas National Reserve
It is one of the two Natural Protected Areas (ANP) that preserves representative samples of the marine-coastal ecosystems of Peru, gives protection to various species of flora and fauna that live in this area, such as sea lions, Humboldt penguins, dolphins, flamencos among others.
Within the Paracas National Reserve is El Candelabro, a geoglyph located northeast of the Bay of Paracas, which can be admired in its entirety from the sea by the Ballestas Islands.
From Paracas it is also possible to take the overflight to admire the mysterious Nasca Lines, millenary figures that can only be seen from the height.
These are just some of the most recommended experiences for tourists visiting Peru during the 2019 Dakar Rally that expects to surpass the figure of the last edition of more than one million attendees.