Ecuador, next venue for two stages of the Dakar Rally
The Dakar Rally, formerly the Paris-Dakar Rally, is an annual rally raid competition organized by the ASO starting on December 26, 1978 and held during the first weeks of January or, in some editions, started the last week of December for finish the next year. It is considered one of the toughest and most famous rallies in the world. Until 2008, during the time that the test lasted, it took runners from a city in Europe to Dakar, the capital of Senegal.
For many years the race left Paris; however, since 1995 it has been changing its starting place to other European cities (such as Granada, Lisbon or Barcelona), mainly for advertising or political reasons, since the real competition did not begin until it entered Africa. Also, the end of the race has not always been Dakar either. In 1992, the race completely crossed the African continent to finish in Cape Town (South Africa). In 2000 and in 2003, the race ended in the Egyptian cities of Cairo and Sharm el-Sheikh, respectively, with the pyramids as landscape.
The spectacularity and emotion of the traditional Dakar Rally, which has been running for four decades, will reach Ecuador for the first time possibly in 2019. In South America, this famous automobile test has already toured Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru.
The inclusion of Ecuador in the Dakar Rally, which originally toured countries in Europe and Africa, was confirmed yesterday by Enrique Ponce De León Minister of Tourism, through Twitter. In the social network the official said: “The joint work produces positive results for tourism in Ecuador. The Dakar Rally, one of the most important and most viewed competitions worldwide, reaches the country of the four worlds. ”
He added: “We ratify the arrival of the Rally in 2019. We advance in the application of policies that allow promoting and promoting tourism in Ecuador.” But Gorky Obando, manager of Aneta, clarified that the Rally in the country in 2019 is a possibility, but he made it official in 2020. “The national government committed to the Rally to conclude in Ecuador”,