The two-week-long Dakar Rally is among the most intense off-roading events in the world.
Each year, nearly 600 drivers on motorcycles, quad bikes, cars, and trucks take on the challenge of this endurance ride through the South American wilderness.
This year’s perilous course began in Rosario, Argentina, taking racers more than 5,000 miles up through the desert of Bolivia and down the Chilean coast.
The race is also notoriously dangerous. Heading into the final stages of the course, there were already three fatalities: Belgian motorcyclist Eric Palante and two spectators have died.
This year’s rally was filled with plenty of drama, highlighted in these jaw-dropping photos.
They finished Jan. 18 in Valparaiso, Chile, with Spain’s Nani Roma taking first place.
The car belonging to drivers Bauryzhan Issabayev and Gabdulla Ashimov of Kazakhstan went up in flames.
France's Stephane Hammard pushed his motorcycle through the mud as Bolivia's Walter Nosiglia approached from behind.
A dog led Joan Barreda of Spain to the finish line of the seventh stage, which brought racers from Salta, Argentina to Uyuni, Bolivia.
Bolivian President Evo Morales celebrated with Speedbrain rider Juan Carlos Salvatierra at the end of the seventh stage in Uyuni.
During the ninth stage, French rider Cyril Despres powered his Yamaha down the dunes from Calama to Iquique, Chile.
Spanish driver Carlos Sainz, a two-time Dakar Rally champion, was evacuated by a medical team after a crash in the tenth stage forced him to withdraw.
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