The Waiting Park next to the Magdalena beach is filling up in preparation for the first day of scrutineering of this year's Dakar Rally, which starts in Peru on January 5 and ends in Chile on January 20.
Now that the technical and administrative scrutineering area is ready to open, Peru's capital Lima is really starting to live the Dakar experience in and around its key nerve centres.
From the port to the Waiting Park, the rally’s arriving competitors and vehicles are giving the city a great buzz, according to an article on motorsport.com.
The Rio Imperial docked in Lima to disembark 700 competition, assistance, organisation and press vehicles more than two weeks ago.
The barriers around the park where they have been kept were put up on Tuesday 31st December at 10.00 hours to welcome the (mainly European) competitors whose vehicles travelled on the ship.
The first to cross the finish line last year, Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel, were also the first at the rendezvous in the port of El Callao; they went there straight from the airport.
The two titleholders, although backed up by two teams totally structured for the rally, decided to appear personally to touch base with the camping cars where they will spend their nights.
Like all the competitors, it took a little less than an hour to the 2012 champions to first go through the customs formalities, then to look around the port to find their vehicles before they finally got behind the wheels of their vehicles.
Despite the New Year’s Eve celebrations the morning after was a busy one for the teams in the Dakar; they had already put half of the vehicles at the disposal of their drivers/riders by midday.