Aníbal Aliaga and his co-driver Juan Pedro Cillóniz ended in the 1st position in the SXS category before the watchful eye of the Pisco fans.
Nicolás Fuchs finished in 3rd place in the Lima-Pisco stage after saying goodbye to thousands of fans in the Peruvian capital.
Lima, January 6, 2018.- Nicolás Fuchs, Peruvian driver of the Borgward Rally Team, managed to take the 3rd place in the first stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, leaving behind world legends like Stéphane Peterhansel. This is an unprecedented result in the category cars for a Peruvian athlete.
On the other hand, Peruvians Anibal Aliaga and Juan Pedro Cilloniz managed to take the first place in the UTV category. The debutant athletes did a great job on a route where many drivers had navigation problems.
"Starting from my country is a dream come true, I met many spectators along the way. I am happy with my team and my car. I am Peruvian and I like to play in the dunes, which are the most difficult in the region," Fuchs said after crossing the finish line this afternoon.
The first stage started from Lima, a city in which many cultures converge, and where it is possible to find vestiges of pre-Hispanic civilizations, as well as colonial houses and churches and modern spaces such as shopping malls, hotels, bars and restaurants. The city of Pisco received with great joy the Dakar participants on their way to the Peruvian deserts, which are expected to be the toughest stages of the competition.
Lima is also very attractive for the tourist places it has. Thus, visitors can visit the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cathedral of Lima and the Government Palace decorate the Main Square, a must-go place for thousands of tourists who visit it every year. Other activities include surfing on the beaches of Barranco and Miraflores and paragliding over the cliffs. Finally, a good place to close a busy day walking is the bohemian district of Barranco, where you will find the best bars that can be the ideal setting for the last rest of the day.
A special mention is the cuisine of this city, considered the gastronomic capital of Latin America. Currently there are three Peruvian restaurants that are on the list of The 50 Best Restaurants in the World: Central (5th place), Maido (8) and Astrid & Gastón (33); and there are 10 restaurants that are on the list of The 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America: Maido (1), Central (2), Astrid & Gastón (7), Osso Carnicería y Salumería (12), La Mar (15), Isolina (21), Rafael (24), Malabar (30), Fiesta (46) and Ámaz (47). The innumerable amount of ingredients added to the multicultural influence that Peru has contribute to variety and exquisiteness of Peruvian cuisine.
Peru has also recently been recognized as the 'Best Culinary Destination in the World' for the sixth consecutive year by the World Travel Awards.