Dakar - Dakar 2013 to start in Peru

The 2013 Dakar Rally will start in Peru for the first time and end in Chile after crossing the Andes into Argentina.

Dakar - Dakar 2013 to start in Peru

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France's driver Stephane Peterhansel steers his Mini during the 2012 Dakar Rally Stage 12 Arequipa-Nasca in Peru, on January 13, 2012.

It will be the fifth year in a row that the Dakar, a gruelling event that started out as a race from Paris across the Sahara desert to the Senegalese capital Dakar, has been held in South America.

The event, which has claimed numerous lives over the years and will be in its 35th edition next year, was switched from Africa to Argentina in 2009 for security reasons.

The 2013 rally will start in Lima - the finish of this year's edition - on Jan. 5 and end in Santiago on Jan. 20, with a rest day in San Miguel de Tucuman in Argentina.

"Peru, Argentina and Chile, explored on a north to south journey, will offer the Dakar a different angle of attack on the Pacific Coast, the Atacama's dunes and the Andes Mountains," said Dakar director Etienne Lavigne in a statement.

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