the dakar trail - la paz
Bad weather and heavy thundershowers over the entire Bolivian Altiplano region led to the cancellation of the sixth stage from Oruro to La Paz. The rains lasting more than 12 hours washed away the tracks and swelled up rivers in the mountainous region of Bolivia. The 527-km stage was the longest stage of the rally this year.
The drivers and riders arrived in the Bolivian capital in groups to a rapturous welcome by thousands of Bolivians who gathered in the city centre. The rally took a day break in La Paz before commencing the second week that took the participants back to Argentina.